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Game #91
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Balance of Power (1990 edition)    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Politics

Rating: 8.5 (289 votes)

Balance of Power (1990 edition) box cover

Balance of Power (1990 edition) screenshot
This update of Chris Crawford's seminal Balance of Power for Windows 1.0 featured then up-to-date information, 18 new countries (bringing the total to 80), and a "multipolar level" in which countries can go to war of their own volition (you could, of course, take advantage of the situation by selling them arms or contributing troops). Perhaps as a response to players' complaint of the steep learning curve of the first version, Chris added the "Crisis Advisory Board" who would give you advice during the crisis. Overall, an excellent update on the best cold war simulation ever made, here compiled and patched beautifully to run under Windows 95/98 by our resident cracker Mok. There's no better geopolitical game on the market, even a decade after its release. If you have even a slight interest in politics, this game is a must-have.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Chris Crawford
Developer: Chris Crawford
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1989
Software Copyright: Chris Crawford
Theme: Political, Apocalypse Now, Epic
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Balance of Power (1985 edition), Global Dilemma: Guns or Butter, The, Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator

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