ECONOMIC simulation and strategy games can often be either mind-boggling in their complexity or too simple to give much stimulus to continue. Spectrealm from Runesoft, is fairly well between these two extremes. Spectria is a rather underdeveloped land with a corn-based agricultural economy and no real assets at the beginning of play. As governor of the small barren place, it is your task to ensure that the people remain well-fed and contented, mainly so that you can make sure of re-election at the end of your term of office. One year is the equivalent of a turn, The aim is to remain in power for 100 years - long-living folks, these Spectricians.
Everything depends on good harvests. A bad year will bring famine and discontent and those electors who are still alive may not take too kindly to starving.
If you lose, only suicide remains. Spectrealm is a convincing and well-paced program which could easily become compulsive if you enjoy strategy games. It also features a full load/save facility to let you get to bed during an unfinished game.