Have You Played… Galcon Fusion?

Have You Played?is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

I love swarms of things! Galcon Fusion is about taking over planets by directing an enormous swarm of spaceships in their direction.

Spectacle doesn’t always need to come with a polygon count in the millions. Galcon’s ships are nothing but single glowing triangles, its planets are nothing but circles, but there is still enormous spectacle in watching those ships fly across single-screen solar systems and pound into an enemy world. The number on the planet, representing its own complement of ships, trickles down until the planet switches colour and is yours.

There’s a multiplayer mode which I have dim memories of playing once or twice, but most of my time in any Galcon game has been spent playing against the computer. The AI is good, and on harder difficulty levels seemingly impossible, but I find it’s a game best played on easy mode. Sit back, relax, and watch the swarms do their work.

3 Comments

  1. Kefren says:

    Sounds a bit like Eufloria and Auralux, so I’m interested. I once wrote a story based on Auralux. It doesn’t even fit my normal genres, I just thought it would be a challenge to do it for a minimalist game. link to karldrinkwater.uk

  2. wisnoskij says:

    I love games like this. There are some good flash games in addition to the other PC games mentioned above. Does anyone know if they have a genre name? Was Galcon the first?

  3. sagredo1632 says:

    Never played it, but it reminded me of a game I thought was previewed in RPS. IIRC, it was a 3D ship-ship combat game where your ship was swarm based, and could adopt different attacks/defenses/strategies by reconfiguring and deploying the swarm dynamically during combat. Anyone remember the name? Did it release already?

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