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Game #2077
Empire II: The Art of War  
War   Hex or tile-based

Rating: 8.01 (122 votes)

Empire II: The Art of War box cover

Empire II: The Art of War screenshot
A disappointing end to the illustrious Empire series that began in 1978, Empire II: The Art of War feels like it was rushed out the door long before the game was ready. This results in an inconsistent, sometimes fun wargame that could have been much better than Empire Deluxe, but instead ended up as the sequel that never was. As Mobygames' description and review makes clear:

"This version includes more terrains and more sighting and movement rules. A significant change is that land units can take damage in a skirmish instead of simply winning or losing (being destroyed). There are also added rules for unit morale. If a unit's morale gets to low, they retreat, regardless of your orders. Other additions are allowing for reinforcements to appear on certain turns and weather factors.

The scenario editor has been enhanced so that players cannot only create their own maps and scenarios, but their own custom units, including statistics and the graphics. So players can fight prehistoric, historical, fantasy, science fiction, or whatever battles they like.

Although it's part of the Empire line, it's lost much of the charm. I think this is mainly because of the lack of exploration required. In Empire and Empire Deluxe, the fact that you have to explore the planet/area you're conquering plays a big part in the game. That's lacking from this version. You always see the complete map, it's just a matter of being in range of sight of enemy units. If you're an avid wargamer, you'll probably enjoy it. However, if you've heard great things about Empire and Empire Deluxe and think this will make an acceptable substitute, think again."

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Mark Lewis Baldwin & Bob Rakosky
Developer: White Wolf Productions
Publisher: New World Computing
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: White Wolf Productions
Theme: World Wars
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:   from Chips & Bits!
Related Links: Dan Meadows' Empire Deluxe Strategy Tips
If you like this game, try: Empire Deluxe for Windows, Empire, Perfect General 2, The

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