Dune (1993)

Dune

Based on the 1984 Sci-Fi film, Dune is a strategy game released in 1993. The game had many elements inspired from the movie and was one of the earliest trendsetters in the real time strategy genre of computer games.

Dune Gameplay

Dune is predominantly played as a real-time-strategy game, with resource collection and unit management being key components. Similar to the film, the collection of spice is a valuable tactic, and building the right units for the right tasks offers a distinct tactical aspect.

The player can build armies, take over enemy bases and continue to grow their army throughout the game. Morale was also a factor in the game, as having better morale, through various methods, improved the performance of the player’s units.

Yet Dune also had adventure elements in between these portions of the game, allowing the player to talk to other characters and complete side quests. This element allowed the player to improve their individual character.

Game Reviews

As the game came out in 1993, Dune has very few critical responses and reviews. However, what can be seen is very positive. Dune has gone on to have a very strong cult following, with high praise from players.

Mobygames has collected many reviews for the game, adding its own score of 3.9 out of 5 (for the Amiga version) 4.0 out of 5 (for the DOS) and 3.8 out of 5 (Sega CD). Other users have given it scores as high as 5/5 as well.

Jeux Video reviewed the game back in 2010, awarding it 19 out of 20. Just Games Retro also reviewed the game in 2008, giving it 4 out of 5 stars, commenting that “you’ll have to know what you’re doing to succeed, but the game does so much initial hand-holding that foreknowledge of the book isn’t needed. It’s also just plain fun.”

Joystick and Generation 4 also reviewed the game similarly at launch, awarding the DOS version 96 out of 100.