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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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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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