If you like solving problems and planning, strategy games are
for you. This genre has you build cities, manage resources, command
battles tasks that put you in control.
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
$50, Blizzard Entertainment
Complete with orcs, elves and humans, Warcraft II has you manage
the resources of battle. Once an oil-scavenging, island-hopping
battle on land, air and sea gets really hot, there's a pleasantly
weird feel to this medieval yet modern combat.
$20, Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Panzer General puts you in control of the German armies at select
periods be- tween 1939 and 1943. With over thirty-five progressive
scenarios, all of which can be played from either the Axis or
Allied point of view, and 350 unit types, it definitely does not
Over The Reich
$70, Avalon Hill Game Company
Over the Reich mixes blood-and-guts mayhem with strategic thinking,
turning dogfights into aerial chess matches. The game simulates
100 World War II missions. This level of thought isn't for everybody,
but neither is chess.
$50, Sierra On-Line
Caesar II is more fun than a toga party. Set in ancient Rome,
it is actually two games. The city simulation has you manage ancient
Rome and can be played independently from the full game. You can
also manage an army to kick barbarian butts.
Conquest of the New World
Like Risk with added dimensions of diplomacy and colony building,
Conquest of the New World plops you in a fifteenth-century setting
in which you command either a European colonizing expedition or
a native civilization, bent on growing and surviving. You compete
with other expeditions and established civilizations.
$45, Interactive Magic
Capitalism could also be called "MBA in a box." It's an incredibly
thorough educational simulation of running a modern mega-corporation,
yet it manages to be easy to play and quite fun.
Close Combat is the most realistic war game available, bar none.
It's played from a detailed top-down viewpoint that enables you
to see individual soldiers, subtle terrain features and even plumes
of smoke coming from your soldiers' rifles.
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer puts you in charge of fast-paced, single-unit-level
military operations using a wide variety of troops, ground vehicles,
base installations, air strikes and production facilities. All
battlefield action is real-time and command-based, and must be