I bought Avalon Hill's "Andromeda Conquest" in a game store in New York when I was about twelve years old. Even back then, it kind of sucked. I mean, in '83 EA came out with M.U.L.E., and I remember playing a similar game called Space Warp on a Tandy Model III a few years before. Come to think of it, that might be one of my first memories of working on a computer - it was in the principal's office. I remember he had set me up with Space Warp since he had to leave the room for something (my permanent record?)... I was getting sent to his office so much that the staff would sneak me in through the nurse's office in order to save my mom the embarrassment of seeing me there again (she was a secretary at the school). But I digress... Here's a proper review of Andromeda Conquest. It wasn't a lot of fun, but it has its place in history.
You can still download and play this game if you like - I used DosBox on a Mac but you can do the same thing in Linux (in which case you may have to install a Basic interpreter).