Title Dune 2 Publisher Westwood Game Type Management Sim Players 1 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Amigas Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review Firstly, for those of you who don`t know, Dune is an epic SF story by Frank Herbert, that has been made into a film, and has spawned several follow up books. It is a significant work, and you can prove this by checking the amount of SF books that try to compare themselves to it; “"Not since Dune has such an engrossing work been written"” etc. etc. The basic story is of a Duke and his House who are forced by events to take over control of the planet Arrakis (or Dune as it also known) The planet is a worthless desert of a world, save only for one thing: It is the only place in the galaxy where the drug that enables navigators to travel through hyperspace exists. This drug is valuable beyond price. The spice is actually produced by giant sandworms, hundreds of meters long. Okay, back to the game. Dune II allows you to choose between three houses to serve under. They each have their own strengths and will develop different equipment. After choosing your House, you are presented with a top down display of the desert, showing your workshop, your men and vehicles, and the immediate area. Outside of this area there is only blackness, but this is swept away as your units explore further afield. Your workshop enables you to build all sorts of useful things; one of the first you'll need is a spice refinery which is your only means of revenue. As you earn more money you'll be able to strengthen your base, and buy better vehicles and troops. This is a jolly good thing too, because in Dune II you will be going to war. Most of the missions are aboout purging one house or another from an area of land, and as you progress through the missions, you'll get more advanced kit, and better means of supply. If you look at any of the Command and Conquer games, you'll know that it started with Dune II. Okay, the graphics have had a facelift, but very little else has changed. Westwood tapped a rich vein and have stuck with it. The graphics are a little basic by today's standards, although the music is spot on. It's an extremely compulsive game and unless this sort of thing doesn't appeal at all, you should definitely have it in your collection.