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Game #253
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Crusade in Europe    View all Top Dogs in this genre
War   Real-time or real terrain

Rating: 8.7 (74 votes)

Crusade in Europe box cover

Crusade in Europe screenshot
Conflict in Vietnam, Crusade in Europe, and Decision in The Desert are three outstanding wargames, collectively released as the "Command Series", remain to this day some of the most well-balanced and fun wargames ever made. Designed by the powerhouse duo of Sid Meier and Ed Bever, all three games feature innovative real-time play, interesting realistic and hypothetical scenarios, and above all -- an excellent computer AI that uses historically accurate strategies, and a fun head-to-head mode. Covering the most famous wars in history from World War 2 to Vietnam, these classics belong in every wargamer's collection.

From MobyGames: The first of the "Command Series" of tactical wargames released by MicroProse in the mid-1980s, Crusade in Europe is the descendant of Meier's first wargame, NATO Commander. Meier and Ed Bever, Ph.D., collaborated on Crusade's design, which (along with the game's manual) shows an enormous amount of research and attention to historical detail. As the title suggests, the game's focus is the European Theater of World War II in 1944-45, and the Normandy Invasion in particular. Although there are only five scenarios, each can be customized through multiple variants (with different initial deployments and reinforcement schedules) and levels of difficulty. Another nice feature is the ability to play using either traditional boardgame symbols or unit icons. Both sides (Allied and Axis) can be played, and two players can play head-to-head in hotseat mode.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Sid Meier & Ed Bever
Developer: MicroProse
Publisher: MicroProse
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Firaxis
Theme: World Wars, Epic
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Conflict in Vietnam, Decision in the Desert, V for Victory: Gold Juno Sword

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