Political options, research and upgrade of equipment, management of supply and resources and the strategic employment of one's armed forces are some of the keys to success.
With limited phase restrictions and wide open turns you are in complete control to try many different approaches and entertain just as many possible outcomes. The future of Europe and perhaps ultimate glory is in your hands.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-01-05 15:08:55 by trusteft:
This game was my favourite WWII strategy game. Before it, there was nothing worth talking about with similar scare till you reach 1991. You choose scenario (including the one from the very beginning of the WW2) and you try to win the war for your side. You build armies (aka infantry army), corps (about half the strength of an army, infantry again), Tanks (in two sizes too), Rocketsread more (long range units), and planes to attack and defend. There are also the usual assortment of sea vessels. Each city has VPs attached to it, and so do oilfieds, ports and mines. Apart from...VPs, they also count as income. In other words, you want them.
It's not the most difficult game ever, but it is not a cakewalk either.
If you are a pro, make sure you have fog of war enabled.
There is some diplomacy where you spend your points to influence a neutral country to join you.
Till about 2008, it was the best strategy game in its field. I do not count the sequel due to the very restrictive DRM it contains which made me never to touch it.
Now days, there are 1-2 other better games like it, but none at this price and size.
A very enjoyable game.
(I have a CD version that I can't make it run under Vista 64, but as I said, I have moved on).
If you like strategy games, this game is a must.
TIP: Make sure you destroy an enemy formation because if it only gets damaged, if the enemy has the points available, he will be able to fully repair it in one go!
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Posted on 2010-01-27 00:57:37 by Bron:
This is an interesting twist on your basic strategic level war game. In addition to the usual hex wargame features, a research tree and some political aspects have been added. You are fighting in the entire European Theatre, so the scope is grand. Air, Land and Sea units are all employed, including subs (wolf packs) which can attack allied shipping and reduce manufacturing pointsread more which are used to purchase additional units. Technology research adds some more depth to the game and will boost replay value, I think.
What is truly amazing to me is that this game is only a 36 MB download and only 60 MB's installed. Pretty good fun/MB ratio! ;)
For my fellow wargamers, I will note that this game eases off on historical accuracy a little in favor of a friendlier and more flexible gameplay experience. That's fine by me, but something to be aware of. (Still a lot of good historical stuff here, don't get me wrong.)
All in all, this looks like it will be a fun game. The graphics are fine, the GOG sample screens are an accurate guide as to what to expect. The game runs fine on my MSI X340 Vista laptop, btw, (netbook+ class) and seems to have very modest system requirements. So probably will run on any netbook.
If you like wargames and are looking for something a bit different, this title is definitely worth a look and is a good deal for $9.99 -- gotta love GOG. ;)
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Posted on 2011-03-16 21:40:10 by bearcat22:
This game is very, very limited. Only the European theater is covered, and after investing hours in the game, you may get the same nasty surprise I did: poised to invade your enemies and win a decisive victory, you see a popup window that declares that the war is over! Not so much flawed as profoundly incomplete. Very little depth, but the trade off is that it's marvelously easyread more to learn and play. I think an apt comparison is, if you're looking for a game at the level of Chess, this is not it; this is more like Checkers in depth.
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