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Ken Wright
Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

Spectrum, £9.95cs, £12.95dk

The latest Ken Wright game from CCS follows firmly in the footsteps of his earlier works (including Overlord, reviewed in ACE issue 8) with some subtle improvements.

This solo wargame only allows you to command the German forces of the Army Group South, who historically took part in the campaign which culminated in the battle for Stalingrad.

The game structure follows the usual procedure, i.e you issue direct orders to any units you wish, and then the orders are all carried out at once and any combat resolved. Then the computer gets to take its turn and the whole thing starts again. The game continues until either army's effectiveness is reduced to less than 40% or German units occupy Stalingrad, Stavropol and Saratov all on the same turn, or the Russians manage to take KharKov or Dnepropetrovsk.

Moving during the game is effected by positioning a set of three cursors for each unit, these represent the unit's centre and right and left flanks. The game includes three difficulty levels, plus hidden movement over a large game area with varied terrain Like the earlier games. Stalingrad plays well and the ordering system is easy to use. The scenario is not the most exciting, but the computer opponent's very strong on the highest level and you'll really have to work to defeat it.