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Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars

Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars
4

Little men with little muskets, marching on. When developers march for a sequel, they try to keep what works from the original design and cut whatever wasn’t. In the original Cossacks, the prospect of fighting huge battles with rows of disciplined troops was the part that worked. Managing hundreds of peasants and dozens of marginal […]

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Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy

Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy
3.5

Galactic Civilizations was just the right game to yank everyone from their Master of Orion 3 cynicism. It appeared out of nowhere, but managed to impress and entertain traditional 4x space sim enthusiasts. The expansion pack brings little in the way of actual changes to the core gameplay, but instead supplements it with new stuff. […]

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War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds
2.5

War of the Worlds is based on the original H. G. Wells book about an alien invasion that devastates the Earth. The game itself is a mix of action-strategy and an over-arching campaign map where you have a larger picture of the invasion. The campaign map covers Britain and follows the progress of the human […]

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Massive Assault

Massive Assault
4

Massive Assault, a futuristic, squad-level turn-based strategy game, kicks off with a nice intro movie and a long synopsis of all the political events that lead to a catastrophic war. The Phantom League, a cabal of secret military forces who aims at global domination, is at war with the Free Nations Union. Both forces hold […]

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Warrior Kings: Battles

Warrior Kings: Battles
3

WKB is cursed by a medieval interface. Warrior Kings: Battles has a very quirky feudalistic setting, or a medieval fantasy dominated by never-ending strife among pagan gods, undead legions, and Judeo-Christian sorcerers. It also includes the requisite archers, mounted knights, catapults, and now fire boats. (Note: naval units are only available in multiplayer) You choose […]

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Decisive Battles of WWII Vol 2: Korsun Pocket

Decisive Battles of WWII Vol 2: Korsun Pocket
3

Old school wargaming in nutshell. With Korsun Pocket, SSG returns to the genre that died in the 1990s: traditional board game wargaming. You know, with hexes, counters, CRTs, all of that retro stuff. There are even dice to decide who wins a combat. That’s right, computer-generated graphics of rolling six-sided dice. The setting is the […]

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Trains & Trucks Tycoon

Trains & Trucks Tycoon
4

Trains & Trucks Tycoon is a business sim that plays in the same fashion as Railway Tycoon 2 or Locomotion. The goal is to connect various industries around the map (rendered in full 3D, in this case), buy trains and trucks, set up schedules for what goods will be transported, and hopefully make enough of […]

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Etherlords II

Etherlords II
4

This fantasy card game makes the cut. Etherlords II, a fantasy game that is an odd blend between Heroes of Might and Magic and Magic: The Gathering, is set in the World of Lords, where several distinct factions go to war with each other. Each side gets their own campaign – the orc-like Chaots, the […]

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Poseidon: Master of Atlantis

Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
3.5

Set in the mythical lands of Atlantis, Poseidon: Master of Atlantis offers 45 new scenarios spread over six challenging campaigns. Your city grows from its lowly beginnings as a small farming city to the capital of a mighty maritime empire with interests and colonies from Central America to Greece. Smaller, sandbox style adventures allow you […]

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Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps

Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps
3.5

Like a Panzer division roaring into a sleepy crossroads town, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord shook wargaming. Developed and published in 2000 by the pairing of Big Time Software and Battlefront, it melded turn-based and real-time action, strategic challenge and gripping drama, but with a tinge of easy access that made the thing playable by novice […]

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