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Micro Commandos

Micro Commandos
3

Back in the late 1990s, Monte Cristo took a break from making tycoon games to provide an entry in another overworked genre — the Army Men concept of small and funny creatures waging war in the real world. This time around, a squad of aliens is in search of the ultimate weapon with which to […]

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Advanced Civilization

Advanced Civilization
4

As a first impression, Advanced Civilization might seem like a clone Sid Meyer’s Civilization, but it’s actually based on the board name called…. Advanced Civilization. While Sid Meyer’s classic may have borrowed from Avalon Hill’s board game, the PC version is identical to its cardboard version. And like many of Avalon Hill’s games, Advanced Civilization […]

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Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy
3

Starship Troopers was always misunderstood. First there was the book, which was a political philosophy wrapped in a narrative, then the movie (which was more about the gritty action than any politics), and then finally the game. Believe it or not, Starship Troopers the game had a more tumultuous creation process than even the movie. […]

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Empire of the Ants

Empire of the Ants
2.5

Here’s a real-time strategy game set in an insect world straight out of a National Geographic nature show. Based loosely on the book of the same name (no, I haven’t read it either), Empire of the Ants puts you in control of a massive ant colony, striving to survive amid all of nature’s various threats […]

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Powerhouse

Powerhouse
3

Sounds cool to be a CEO? To wear a suit, go to meetings, and bark around business strategies to your board of directors? Well, Powerhouse gives you the reins of a corporation, a small territory to start it, and a populace hungry for electricity. What can you do with it? Will you invest in environmentally […]

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Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander
4.5

Oh, how marvelous and numerous real-time strategy games have become. It seems like it was yesterday that we were weaned on Command & Conquer, spending endless nights marshaling around tiny pixelated soldiers. Later on we’ve had another contender for the RTS crown – Total Annihilation, which introduced a vast array of units, terrain height, and […]

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Strategic Command: European Theater

Strategic Command: European Theater
4

Strategic Command: European Theater is a World War II grand strategy game. You get six huge campaigns based on major turning points in World War II: the Poland invasion, the opening days of Barbarossa, Kursk, D-Day, and so on. Thanks to the ease with which you can experiment with weapons research and diplomatic flip-flops, it’s […]

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Hannibal

Hannibal
2.5

Hannibal is a strategy game that attempts to simulate the First Punic War. Using maps of Europe and the Carthaginian Empire, you must tend to the regular issues pertaining the leading of a large army. Success is based on patient attention to detail, such as keeping your troops fed and maintaining a line of communication. […]

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Across the Rhine

Across the Rhine
3

Across the Rhine is an oddball mix of tank simulation and strategy set during World War 2. It’s also a monster of complexity that will rightfully scare off most people, requiring almost as much time to master as Harpoon or Falcon 3.0. As a combat game, it’s weak. Upon entering battle, I found it impossible […]

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Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of WWII

Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of WWII
3

If Silent Heroes feels eerily familiar, it might be beacuse you’ve already played it before (back when it was called Soldiers: Heroes of World War 2). Except Silent Heroes takes the original real-time tactical game and minimizes it to incorporate fewer units against greater odds, attempting to make it feel more like a squad-based Commandos […]

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