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Last and arguably best in Mindcraft's short-lived series of tactical wargames that began with Siege, Wall of Rome is another step up from the much-improved Ambush at Sorinor. This time, fantasy units have ... at Sorinor, you will probably like Walls of Rome. If you don't, there's nothing here that will change your mind, except perhaps the excellent period soundtrack that really fits in with the game.
The War College is the third and last entry in the revolutionary but never-caught-on Universal Military Simulator (UMS) series, first released in 1988 by Rainbird. Similar to two previous UMS games, The ... bright, but the game does introduce many innovative features that unfortunately not picked upon in later games. Recommended to all armchair commanders, but be warned of the less-than-intelligent AI.
A fun real-time strategy (RTS) game that cheerfully and skillfully rips Blizzard's megahit Warcraft and apply it to Oriental motif. The result is one of the better yet unknown Warcraft clones that features ... with crushing Hideyoshi's formidable army. The game is Korean, but thankfully most menus and text have been translated into English :) It doesn't come close to Warcraft, but is fun nonetheless.
Review 1: An interesting mix of a strategy and a role playing game, War in Middle Earth is quite a good game, closely following the story FROM the infamous J.R.R. Tolkien's book. You control various ... armies (similar to Dune) and RPG-like combat, while the adventure portion follows the book quite closely. Overall, an entertaining and solid adventure, if you can put up with its interface quirks.
War Wind II: Human Onslaught is a great sequel to one of the most underrated RTS games of all time. PC Gameworld summarizes the game?s strengths and its unfortunate treatment by the gaming public in a ... you get past these niggles, however, you?ll get a lot of entertainment out of War Wind II." Highly recommended, especially to anyone who enjoys the original, or fantasy-based RTS in general.
War, Inc. is an innovative real-time strategy game that unfortunately ruins a lot of potential and a great stock market (!) module with lackluster gameplay, annoying bugs, and an unbalanced difficulty ... emptor. The point being, if you work at it, War, Inc. can be great fun. But, in the densely populated world of Clone & Conquer games, it may be easier to just move on to something else."
Review 1: Warcraft 2 takes place some time after Warcraft 1 story ends. The game is pretty much the same as Warcraft 1 is in the way you build up and fight against computer controlled forces. The campaign ... And as a complement to the drastic changes in gameplay, the aesthetics have been enhanced too, with highly-detailed SVGA graphics and a bombastic soundtrack that suits the regal mood quite nicely.
Review 1: Warcraft 1 is one of the classic RTS (Real Time Strategy) games. Warcraft 1 is about two waring sides, the Humans and the Orcs. Like many of the older RTS games the only real difference between ... for the Kingdom of Azeroth. Players must mine gold and chop wood in order to construct buildings and create units. Each side tries to destroy the other by collecting resources and creating an army.
Review 1: A nice classic from SSI. This is the first volume in the famous wargame series where you can build your own scenarios and play them. You can of course also play pre-made scenarios which are ... scenarios was limited by the failings of the system's mechanics. It was most applicable to the World War II era; a novice may well find its flexibility interesting, although the graphics are dated.
Review 1: A nice classic from SSI. This is the second volume in the famous wargame series where you can build your own scenarios and play them. You can of course also play pre-made scenarios which are ... of the game rests not on its spotty AI and, as Brooks, comments, "sterile" gameplay, but rather on the versatile scenario editor that allows players to create virtually unlimited scenarios.
Review 1: A nice classic from SSI. This is the third volume in the famous wargame series where you can build your own scenarios and play them. You can of course also play pre-made scenarios which are ... the basic advantage of the needle-gun in the Franco-Prussian War or why certain rifle advances occurred in certain times. But if the history was a little weak, the game value was pretty strong."
Review 1: First in a series of games based on the famous Games Workshop miniature battle series, Warhammer Epic 40,000: Final Liberation (WHFL) is a great adaptation of the bleak Warhammer 40,000 universe. ... best weapons as long as they get in range thus every fight could push your men to their limits. Last piece of advice: Fight every battle defensively and artillery bombs their position constantly.
Review 1: Warhammer: Dark Omen is a superb sequel to Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, Mindscape's first real-time tactical strategy game based on the Games Workshop's popular tabletop RPG franchise. ... far too frantic. But its sleek interface, great single-player campaign, and action-packed multiplayer mode will add up to many hours of enjoyment for Warhammer and real-time strategy fans alike.
Review 1: This is the world of Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, a highly underrated real-time strategy game set in Games Workshop's popular Warhammer tabletop RPG world. The game places you in charge ... to those interested in Warhammer. For those less experienced in such games, I would say that this may be a bit of a jump off the deep end, unless you have the perseverance to learn the game's quirks.
Wari is a neat little freeware version of a popular African board game, more commonly known as Awale, Wari, and other similar-sounding names. Awale is a 2-player game played with a board that consists ... and tips in addition to complete rules. All in all, a very well-coded and challenging game that brings the fun of Wari to life. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in abstract games.
Review 1: The prequel and a good warm up for a true masterpiece made 3 years later (I am talking about Warlords 2). Heroes, castles, quests and conquests, dungeons and dragons (and other monsters as ... against 7 opponents control by the computer they may surrender before although you can reject their offer and the game will then continue. Overall a great strategy game and you won't be disappointed.
Review 1: I've spent sleepless nights with this one back in 1994. All those quests...conquests...heroes... Ok, here's what it's all about - You will be given a city, a hero and a random army. Your goal ... the battle in your favor. Clever military tactics and even economic warfare are possibilities too. Warlords II brought more continents to the game along with many new features and better graphics.
Review 1: One of the first games made by the infamous SSI, The Warp Factor is a space ship strategy game. You have to select a number of ships to control, a mission to play and then try to accomplish ... such as ship formations, etc., the game was also among the first that let you design your own ships. Definitely an early starship command classic that would influence generations of successors.
"A tactical simulation of Pacific surface naval engagements during World War II. The documentation and gameplay seem to gloss over much-needed details as to what was (or should be) happening, and the graphics were reminiscent of a sex-education movie showing sperm travelling in various directions. Its main appeal was to the true naval aficionado, and not to those with only a marginal interest."
Warsong is an easy but fun turn-based strategy/RPG game - a popular genre on console systems that never took off on the PC (we see a lot of strategy and RPG games, but not often both genres in the same ... 16-bit systems. It's a lot of fun to play even to this day, despite outdated graphics and lack of challenge. If you like the game, also check out its Japanese-only sequels in the Langrisser series.
Warzone 2100 is a fun and highly underrated real-time strategy game from small UK-based outfit Pumpkin Studios. The very thorough review at Intelligamer.com says it all: "Hang on a second, I know ... was released, Warzone 2100 is a greatly welcome surprise. It's a darned good game and any fan of the real time strategy genre is going to enjoy it's many embellishments on the tried and true."
Water Wonder is a unique computerized board game based on the actual board game of the same name. Designed primarily to teach kids about different states of water (steam, liquid, and ice) and how different ... is just another board game conversion that didn't take advantage of the PC's capabilities very well, and so gives no reason for fans of the board game to play it on the computer instead. Too bad.
Review 1: Fight the most famous battle in history from a whole new perspective. Waterloo uses simple English language commands to give you a realistic control over regiments of infantry, cavalry and ... game. Designer Peter Turcan has also designed Borodino 1812 and Armada." The game is also notable for its innovative use of isometric battlefield perspective, with realistic depth and terrains.
" The sequel to Second Front, this covered what most historians refer to as the "Second Front" (i.e. the war between Nazi Germany and the Western Allies, 1944-45). It possessed a few more bugs than normal, and often seemed to bog down into attritional warfare."
Impressions' conquer-the-universe game that could be considered a sequel to Global Domination, When Two Worlds War is not your typical divide-and-conquer game, although it still suffers somewhat from Impressions' ... and classic status. Recommended for those who are new at galactic conquest games, or anyone looking for a solid, relatively quick multiplayer game that offers a nice change from longer epics.
Probably one of the best RAW wargames, White Death is a solid simulation of the famed battle of Velikiye Luki, despite very unfriendly user interface. Similar to most other wargames from RAW, it is based ... will likely provide many hours of challenge with competent AI and a multitude of gameplay options. Others, however, will probably find the game mechanics too tedious to grasp, even with the manual.
Wild Cards is an excellent collection of card games, designed with kids in mind. It does for cards what Corel's Wild Board Games does for board games: present a good range of popular family card games ... games, is excellent throughout. With a very polished look, intuitive interface, and a great selection of card games, Wild Cards should keep kids of all ages entertained. Highly recommended!
Witches is a unique and wacky chess-like strategy boardgame. Your goal is to move your witches onto the magic pattern on the magic kitchen-floor in order to win the yearly contest for the leadership of ... coffee break to spare. First released as a shareware DOS game in 1998, the windows version is now available as freeware from the author's website, but be warned: it will not work on Windows XP.
Wizard's Quest is an excellent Windows version of an oldie Avalon Hill board game, first released in 1979. Unlike Avalon Hill's classics like Advanced Civilization, Wizard's Quest is a much simpler and ... is very well-coded, with a colorful board and easy to use interface. If you like Avalon Hill board game or tabletop war/strategy games in general, check out this fun and free old game. Recommended!
In M. Evan Brooks' words: "Released with the same name as its [awful] predecessor..., this remake suffered from mediocre graphics and play value. A number of gamers swear by this; I swear at it. The ... will do. Action and reaction do not occur; instead, tactics seem more akin to paramecium movement; the campaign game consists of a four-month cruise only as the Americans in the War of 1812."
Atomic Games, best known for the V for Victory games published by Three-Sixty, has revamped their already highly evolved engine for these "World At War" games that capture bocage battles and ... of the terrain. Excellent AI, campaigns, and intuitive interface make the series some of the best wargames ever made. Highly recommended! Note: This download includes all three World at War games.
The "lost sheep" of QQP, World War II was released with even less fanfare than QQP's usually modest ad campaigns, perhaps because the company was hyping its more ambitious navy wargame The Grandest ... War II's abstract gameplay that may not appeal to the majority of wargamers. Still, it's a solid wargame that has all the hallmarks of QQP games: solid AI, fun scenarios and complete player history.
Worlds at War is a lackluster space war game that tries to compete with SSG's classic Reach for The Stars by offering some new features, but is ultimately marred by a poor user interface and AI. The gameplay ... and strategic planning, Worlds at War is worth a try... if only for the first few minutes it will take to realize how much better Reach for The Stars is. Thumbs down for this average old game.
Forzee and Wowzee are a pair of innovative solitaire games from BSX International, a small shareware developer who was more famous for Madame Ching series of adult games that could be found on most BBS's ... makes Wowzee a tougher game of the two, but both games will challenge all card players who are looking for innovative solitaire games that depend more on skills than pure luck. Highly recommended!
WxSpellcast is a good Windows version of Spellcast, a fun multiplayer-only strategy game for UNIX that is in turn based on Richard Bartle's Spellbinder paper-and-pencil game first published in his magazine. ... is no AI present, the well-designed user interface means you can have a lot of fun fighting a friend on the network. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an elegant two-player war/strategy game.
WZebra is an excellent PC game of Othello (a.k.a. Reversi) board game that offers a good range of difficulty levels, from beginner to expert. In addition to strong AI, the game offers many useful features, ... well-written on-line help, and a strong AI (that the designer said he never beats!), WZebra is definitely one of the better Othello games for the PC - and an ideal way to practice your skills.
Review 1: After disappointing fans of X-COM (or UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe) with Terrors from The Deep, the uninspired sequel that should have been sold as an add-on, Julian Gollop and his team at ... the dynamics of the weapons and the vehicles is a bit awkward and can be sometimes confusing; however overall the user will find enough good in the game to make it a good download off the web.
Review 1: X-COM and its sequel Terror from the Deep are two veritable strategy masterpieces that need no introduction. Massively popular and deservedly so, the only reason you find them here on this ... game for you. Persevere with the low res graphics, as programmers sometimes seem to forget nowadays, it not just the flashy packaging, but the meat inside the game and this defiantly a prime filling.
Yucata' by independent developer Tobias Schilgen is an excellent Windows version of the German board game of the same name published by Hans im Gluck in Germany, which is in turn based on the ancient Mayan ... of the board game both in Windows on-line help format, and a separate manual. If you enjoy contemplative mind games in a unique setting, Yucata' is one of the best freeware games you'll ever play.
Zendo-San is an excellent, albeit limited, freeware PC version of Zendo, a fun but highly underrated game of inductive logic invented by Kory Heath, using pyramid-shaped pieces called "Icehouse" ... or similar logic games, Zendo-San is well worth your time. Be sure to check out the original board game as well, which is naturally much more replayable and 'open' than this PC game. Recommended!
This unique strategy game quietly sank when MicroProse brought it to the U.S., despite garnering considerable following in Europe. This game is similar to Impressions' Air Bucks in that it is a business ... use in early 20th century. Set routes, choose from various engines, and see the profits roll in. A case of original concept sank by poor interface and repetitive gameplay. For the patient only!