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  • genre Strategy / Turn-based / Sci-fi
  • download size 600 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 743 user ratings.
  • release date July 31, 1998
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Interplay / Interplay
  • game modes Single-player, Multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • hi-res wallpaper
  • 2 manuals (195 pages)
  • M.A.X. guide (60 pages)

What's cool about it:

  • A level of complexity unseen in contemporary strategy games
  • Choose either real-time or turn-based game mode to fit your personal preference
  • Play as one of 8 human clans and use dozens upon dozens of land, sea and air units


Your mission: colonize new worlds on distant planets. As the Mission Commander, you and the Mechanized Assault & Exploration (M.A.X.) force under your command are the first ones in. Mining stations, power plants, tactical combat vehicle factories, habitats – it's up to you to plan and construct them.

The entire new colony? You create it. The resources you find there? Control them. Enemies? Crush 'em! And there will be enemies. You're not the only Mission Commander trying to colonize the planets. You'll have to push yourself to the limit to survive the ultimate showdown in strategic warfare. It's espionage, heavy artillery, offensives, counter offensives and intelligence – all with maximum consequences.

At its core, M.A.X. is about resource-gathering, building, and tactical combat. The game offers more than 50 land, sea, and air units, most of which can be upgraded to improve their armor, speed, and range. You can play as one of eight different factions with different advantages for each one. Discover new scenarios, units and more with the sequel - M.A.X. 2. Now both games bundled together!

Multiplayer issue: some of the multiplayer modes originally built in M.A.X. 2 game are no longer available. For details see: Support

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.04./ 1.0

All user reviews:

User reviews:

M.A.X. - deepest strategy game ever

Posted on 2008-09-11 11:28:33 byLordYaar's avatarLordYaar:

I have played this game when it first came out and immediately fell in love with it. None of the newer titles can compare to it.
There is ground, naval and aerial warfare, special operations with your infiltrators, quite fun base building and even an OK storyline (bit cheesy though).
The best part is, of course, that this is turn-based. Despite myriad of options, ability to upgraderead more your units, units gaining experience, and having hundreds of units at your command it will never turn itself into dumb click-fest or a rush game. Winning requires strategical planning and thinking many turns in advance.
For more impatient players there is simultaneous turn-based mode. Each turn all players move at the same time, but once the action points of units are gone all the players have to proceed to next turn.
Another great feature is the hot-seat gameplay. You don't even need a lan to play this against your roomies!
I recommend this game to everyone who enjoys thinking and planning more than clicking. Big booms included :)

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Unique and fun game

Posted on 2008-09-11 11:59:10 byMordgier's avatarMordgier:

This is a review for MAX, not MAX2 which falls short of being a great game like MAX was.
MAX is a fantastic game and there really hasn't been a game released that's quite like it. The base building, resource gathering, scouting and combat system are very well done and engaging. The best part in MAX from my perspective is the unit upgrade system - you can either buy upgrades forread more gold or you can research them. Buying them gets you a flat increase, say 1 more movement point, researching it gives you 10% better stats in the area you researched. There are no limits to how much you can research or upgrade your units.
Keep in mind though, the game has flaws, even fully patched it's not the most stable game in the world, you can run into a scenario where your savegame is unusable because the game crashes at the end of turn. The AI leaves a lot to be desired so it's best to play against several AIs. There is a multiplayer mode, but frankly the game is a bit too slow paced for it in my opinion.

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A must have in strategic games

Posted on 2008-11-05 01:29:42 byHrungdak's avatarHrungdak:

Dont be confused with the title "round based". This game is IMHO an early predecessor of Supreme Commander, if talking about complexity. The round based system gives you a little more time to think, and this is absolutely neccessary, believe me. If you never have played this game before, use the tutorials. Use the handbook. Stay tuned. The game is worth the more And play MAX. MAX is by far better than the second part.
GOG has done a good job. Download, install, run. Perfect. No DOS-Settings are to be made, no patch neccessary, and the game runs very smooth and stable. $5.99 for a LOT of fun. Thanks GOG.

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