Conquest! is a popular Name for Strategy Games

Last week I stumbled over a post by Gamasutra member James Bennet about his game “Conquest!”. “Damn”, I thought, “that’s exactly the working title of my own hobby project, even up to the exclamation mark”. But anyway, Conquest is such a catchy name that it’s probably not the first time it has been used, so I did a quick search and this is what I found.

Searching for the game title “Conquest” on Google I actually got only five hits with that exact title. Surprisingly few, although I probably missed some. If you want to have a look for yourself, this is the list:

  • Conquest, a turn-based tactical combat game set in the future and played on a hex field map against other players.
  • Conquest in Sean O’Connor’s games collection looking a bit like Risk and either played against human or computer opponents. The appearance is quite retro.
  • Warhammer 40000: Conquest, a card game for two players set in the Warhammer universe.
  • The board game Conquest by Donald Benge which was first published in 1974.
  • Conquest, a short game by Outlands which is “a short game about the victims of space exploration”. The screenshots do not tell much about the game itself, unfortunately.

And of course, there are many more games with “Conquest” as part of the title. So, luckily for James Bennet, there is no other game with the exact same title, “Conquest!”, but unfortunate for me that he was faster than me. I wish him the best of luck for his kickstarter campaign starting tomorrow anyway. Me, I will at least keep the name of my subversion repository until I have a better idea for the title of my game.

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