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Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

Available Platform: DOS

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday is a sci-fi RPG developed and published by Strategic Simulations Inc in 1990 for Amiga, Commodore 64, and DOS.

GenreRole Playing

82/100 based on 8 Editorial reviews. Add your vote

PublisherStrategic Simulations Inc
DeveloperStrategic Simulations Inc
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10
Updated3 December 2020

Game Review

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday is a sci-fi RPG developed and published by Strategic Simulations Inc in 1990 for Amiga, Commodore 64, and DOS. A slightly different version was released for the SEGA Genesis in 1991.

The game is based on the "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" RPG games setting created by TSR, Inc. featuring the comic books hero Buck Rogers.

Countdown to Doomsday is set in a future where Earth and Mars are bitter enemies and embroiled in a vicious war with one another. For the most part, Mars is winning and has a stranglehold on Earth with the use of their RAM forces of genetically engineered soldiers. But Earth isn’t correctly taking it lying down and have their little rebel group known as NEO who is trying to liberate Earth. Playing like a science fiction D&D, you are on Earth’s side and must create a party of 6. You can choose their race and class from several different options. Each one with its strengths and weaknesses, of course. After proving yourselves during your first few missions, the real meat of the game begins. At this point, you are free to explore space and battle enemy ships or follow leads to your next mission before finally discovering the actual Buck Rogers.

The game uses the "Gold Box" game engine used by SSI in several fantasy RPGs including Champions of Krynn, but with some enhancements. There are several different play views throughout for different situations like map view, planet exploration, land fight and space battles. The combat is turn-based and fast-paced.

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday was very well-received upon release. The game brought something new to the realm of RPGs and kind of opened the door for other players to play and enjoy games of this type. Plus it’s just a damn good game.

Review by: GN Team
Published: 18 May 2018 6:09 pm

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Latest Comments

  • Manu - 2020-05-24 - Reply

    Just uploaded new packages, both for the Amiga version and DOS version. The save game problem should be fixed.

  • Trevor Hart - 2020-05-24 - Reply

    Hi there people,
    i have always loved and will love this game and the entire gold box series. BUT i am having a problem where the game will play until you need to save anything ie Character creation and the i get cannot save error 3 (not sure what that is. Hope someone can help me with this please.

  • Wolf - 2019-04-14 - Reply

    Hi guys
    a few things to note about this one:
    1. I havent been able to get the dos version working, it keeps saying Save error and thats where it all stops
    2. The amiga version, will allow you a little bit of play but later it keeps asking for Floppys to be inserted, I know this is going to sound silly But where does that go or did they mean Tape 3?
    It is a great game for its time however, the bugs above have really made it somewhat unplayable.
    If anyone has a work around please share.