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Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Spectrum, £12.95cs
C64/128, £12.95cs, £17.95dk
Amstrad, £12.95cs, £17.95dk
Atari ST £24.95dk

A biggie this one. It starts in the year 273 B.C. and can continue indefinitely as the player struggles to keep his ever-expanding empire together whilst under threat from up to 13 hostile powers. Each game turn covers a period from one to 25 years and is composed of several sub-sections which allow the player to make strategic decisions concerning economics, personnel assignments and foreign or civil wars.

There is so much to this game that it will take you a long time to get to grips with it, but it is well worth persevering with because the amount of available options makes it very involving to play and no two games will ever be exactly the same. For the solo wargamer it's a must, but prepare yourself for long involved sessions. Thankfully the SAVE GAME option is available at the start of each turn, so you can carry on with the campaign whenever you have the time to spare.