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Fasten your seatbelt as you begin a fantastic journey through the solar system. Your mission is to acquire property, charge rent, and build monopolies within individual planetary systems. Wisdom, strategy, and good old-fashioned luck will all play a role in the success or failure of your mission. Fuel, your most precious commodity will be constantly monitored and the unprepared traveler may find himself stranded in space without enough fuel to continue the voyage. The player who best utilizes his fuel supply, strategically advances among the stars, and builds the greatest financial empire will win the game. This entertaining game offers multiple levels of play for both space pioneers and experienced veterans. Advanced play version includes laser battles and stregic pointers. As a special bonus, Solarquest offers educational facts about each planetary system.
...he would be playing Solarquest. I bought this game twice, once @1986, and again @1995 in a special 'Apollo 13' edition, when the movie came out. If the subject of Monopoly ever came up, (usually someone bragging about how good they are at it), I seized that opportunity to introduce them to this superior game. I have never played this game with anyone who didn't love it. If I was lucky enough to get 4, 5 or 6 players (always including at least one Solarquest virgin), we would play the game for an hour or so (giving each player to get around the solar system once or twice), and then introduce the laser battle rules. What started as a simple 'space-age Monopoly' game suddenly becomes an all-out space-pirate war. I loved watching the shrewdest of Monopoly gamers buy expensive fuel, just to get one more laser blast in order to knock an opponent out of the game and claim all their property, and then later be stranded on a moon without enough fuel to even continue the game, even while they were winning. When I recently saw the Star Wars edition of Monopoly, I thought they should have patterned the game after Solarquest instead. I gave up the 86 version to an ex-girlfriend who loved the game, but I still have the 95 version with some added rules. However, I have lost those rules. I'm sure I remember them accurately enough to play a fair game, but I know people think I'm making the rules up as I go. Thats why I threw Solarquest in my browser. If anyone can help me, I'd sure appreciate it. Thank you Funagain, for allowing me to share my love of this hidden classic board-game.
I used to play this game when I was little all the time, until It was lost/destroyed in a move. My brother found a near virgin copy at a garage sale and now I try to play it every time I visit him.
I really wish they would re release it, maybe in a gold version with better ships and fuel stations.
This is the best game ever. I need to get my hands on a copy. I used to play it for hours on end. Now my game is falling apart. This needs to be re-released! I highly recomend that every astronomy enthusiast play this game. I learned all the major moons of every planet in our solar system without even thinking twice.