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Avalon Hill
Avalon Hill   #3


Games developed: 27
Games published: 30
Period: 1981 - 2005

Microprose, without a doubt, is one of the top strategy game companies today. Among the best games the company published-- alongside Civilizationand Pirates! are 3 innovative strategy games that implement Alan Emrich's "4X" principles (eXplore, eXpand, eXterminate, and eXcellence) to perfection: Master of Orion 1 & 2 and Master of Magic. Curiously enough, the developer of these games never became very well known despite the fact that they deservedly sold very well in stores and received glowing reviews from the press.

This page, therefore, is born in hope that inimitable Steve Barcia and his company SimTex will finally get the recognition they deserve for these outstanding games. The strongest point of SimTex games is the amazing computer AI, which is not only shrewd but, in contast to most strategy games, does not cheat: computer players do not start out with more resources than you do. The combination of this AI with great strategic depth, good interface, and cool backstory results in truly classic games that are almost infinitely replayable and will stand the test of time for years to come.

  • SimTex seems to have quietly disappeared from the industry. The latest game the company was working on, Guardians: Agents of Justice, was in development for over 6 years (the game made all the "top 10 vaporware" lists in game magazines), but was never released. You can read the preview at OGR
  • You could also download Starlord, a little-known precursor to Master of Orion, from the Starlord page at MOO3 official site.

Related companies: MicroProse, Avalon Hill

Related companies: MicroProse   Avalon Hill  

Titles Developed or Published
Genre
Year
Avg. Rating
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee1830: Railroads & Robber Barons
Strategy
1993
9.02
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee5th Fleet
War
1995
8.6
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeAchtung Spitfire!
Simulation
1997
8.77
Advanced Civilization
Strategy
1996
8.68
Andromeda Conquest
Strategy
1982
6.5
B-1 Nuclear Bomber
War
1981
7.52
Battle for Midway
War
1981
7.48
By Fire and Sword
War
1984
7.43
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCavewars
Strategy
1997
8.68
Civil War, The
War
1985
5.8
Colossus
War
2001
8.15
Computer Acquire
Strategy
1991
7.42
Computer Circus Maximus
Strategy
1985
7.09
Computer Diplomacy
Strategy
1984
7.47
Defiance
Action
1997
6.38
Dr. Ruth's Game of Sex
Puzzle
1985
8.18
Dune Emulator, The
Strategy
2003
7.52
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeEmpire of the Over-Mind
Interactive Fiction
1986
8.87
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeFlight Commander 2
Simulation
1995
9.04
Galaxy
War
1993
8.01
Gulf Strike
War
1984
7.82
History of The World
Strategy
1997
7.27
Hitler's War
War
2004
7.94
Incunabula
War
1986
6.27
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeKingmaker
Strategy
1994
7.55
Over The Reich
Simulation
1996
8.77
Pro Manager
Sport
1984
7.25
Ram
Simulation
1985
6
RealmSpeak
Strategy
2005
8.11
Stocks & Bonds
Simulation
1982
7.97
Super Football Sunday
Sport
1985
8.5
Telengard
RPG
1985
8.28
Third Reich
War
1995
8.5
Under Fire
War
1985
7.54
Wizard's Quest
Strategy
2002
9.01
Wizards
Strategy
2004
7.33
Wooden Ships & Iron Men
War
1996
7.64
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWorld at War Series
War
1993
8.99
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