Dominant Species (video game)

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Dominant Species
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Developer(s)Red Storm Entertainment
Publisher(s)Red Storm Entertainment
Genre(s)Real-time strategy
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer

Dominant Species is a real-time strategy video game developed and released by Red Storm Entertainment.[1] It was published 15 October 1998 for Windows.[2] It was one of the first RTS games to make the transition to 3D graphics.[1]


Players in Dominant Species control a Mindlord on the planet Mur, in constant battle over the precious resource Anima. In the single player campaign, this battle is first against free roaming creatures, presenting a tutorial for the game. The campaign usually follows the player's hive rescuing and destroying the invading army of humans.


Dominant Species is a traditional real-time strategy game,[3] with resource gathering (anima), production of battlefield units (with a bio-engineered theme), a single-player campaign and multiplayer mode. There is an emphasis on efficient unit tactics rather than base construction.[3]

Critical reaction[edit]

Strategy Gaming Online awarded the game 8.2 out of 10, finding it innovative and fun but with disappointing sound effects.[4] CD Mag drew comparisons with the Myth graphics engine, highlighting the aesthetically pleasing and strategic terrain, fluid movement of the units models and the game's humour and atmosphere. However, the artificial intelligence was criticized for the occasional quirk in pathfinding.[3]

Next Generation reviewed the PC version of the game, rating it two stars out of five, and stated that "If evolution is survival of the fittest, Red Storm's Dominant Species has just fished itself out of the realtime strategy gene pool. While it is innovative in some ways, the end product isn't worth the trouble."[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Red Storm history". Red Storm Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Red Storm Entertainment Takes Computer Gamers to a Strange New World with the Release of Dominant Species". Business Wire. Oct 5, 1998.
  3. ^ a b c "Dominant Species". Home of the Underdogs. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Dominant Species review at Archived November 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Finals". Next Generation. No. 49. Imagine Media. January 1999. p. 107.