Invoking research trees, colony ships and the familiar tropes of 4X space strategy, Spaceward Ho! manages to assert a distinct voice amongst the multitude. The game was fast paced, involving semi-autonomous battles and little of the micro-management that increased turn times to a cosmic scale in similar programs. Humerous touches included sound effects, ridiculous iconography and technologies Dr. Szeuss or Hieronymus Bosch would have been proud of: indeed by combining certain equipment; spaceships could be made to resemble sharks, wolfs and ominous skeletal battle cruisers!
The latest version applies a suitably polished veneer to the classic engine with a nice mix of new features: while maintaing the pace of the original. The Western theme is present and amusing but doesn't distract from the serious bussiness of managing a galactic empire. Download a copy, install and saddle-up pilgrim!