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Conquest of the New World

Conquest of the New World
3.5

Conquest of the New World is very similar to the old classic Seven Cities game, or the more modern Civilization. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your point of view. In the game you take on the role of one of five European colonial nations or an imaginary native nation (sort […]

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Battleground Waterloo

Battleground Waterloo
4

TalonSoft’s “Battleground” system is too well known by its niche fans of wargamers to really require much description: it permits the player to switch back and forth between miniatures and more conventional hex-grid views. And as far as these boardgame-inspired products go, Battleground: Waterloo is indeed a visual feast. It is also an expert simulation […]

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Constructor

Constructor
3.5

Constructor, developed by System 3 and published by Acclaim, has the “look and feel” of a Bullfrog game with its funny, cartoonish, construction-oriented gameplay. There’s a ton of social commentary, poking fun of stereotypes about hippies, tenants, and local government; throw in a generous selection of ominous characters like nasty clowns, ghosts, crooks, psychos, mobsters, […]

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The Rise & Rule of Ancient Empires

The Rise & Rule of Ancient Empires
2.5

Rise and Rule of Ancient Empires, designed by Impressions Games, is a classic turn-based 4x strategy game based on cultures that existed from 5000BC to 500AD. You may play as ruler of the Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Celts, or Chinese, each having slight differences relating to gameplay. Play against up to three computer players await […]

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1830: Railroads & Robber Barons

1830: Railroads & Robber Barons
2.5

1830: Railroads & Robber Barons puts the player in two very different but often interdependent roles: that of President of a railroad company and that of a Baron. As a Baron, your goal is to earn more money than your competitors by speculating on the stock market and investing in railroads. As President of a […]

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Battle Isle: The Andosia War

Battle Isle: The Andosia War
3

Here’s the fifth installment of Blue Byte’s long-running Battle Isle series. Andosia War meshes traditional turn-based tactical combat and real-time economic simulation. The idea is that you’re given enough time to ponder combat strategy for each of your units, but still feel the tension and sweat induced by managing a war economy in real-time. This […]

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Fast Food Tycoon

Fast Food Tycoon
2.5

If you pick up Fast Food Tycoon (aka Pizza Syndicate) with hopes of a brilliantly polished restaurant-management game, you’ll be another victim of Activision’s Value Software division. They have a long history of churning out budget-priced games that look like crap and (occasionally) play half decently.In this case, however, even the name is misleading — […]

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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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