Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #4194
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Battle for Moscow    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Multiplayer Only Games
War   Tabletop war

Rating: 5.85 (21 votes)

Battle for Moscow box cover

Battle for Moscow screenshot
Battle for Moscow is a great unofficial PC version of a tabletop wargame of the same name, which was created by Frank Chadwick for Games Designer Workshop, and published on the Internet as a free game in 1996. Designed to introduce newcomers to the wargame genre, Battle of Moscow recreates both Germany's unsuccessful attempt at capturing Moscow in late 1941, as well as the following Russian counter-offensive that denied Germany its chance to conclude the war in Eastern Europe that year. To win as Germany, you must march toward the Russian capital, capturing it ensuring them a great victory. To win as Russia, you must keep Moscow out of German reach and drive Axis units back to their starting position by the end of winter.

Battle for Moscow does an excellent job of translating Chadwick's newbie-friendly rules to the PC. In the course of playing the game, you will learn numerous tabletop wargame basics including hex movements, zone of controls (ZOC's), how combat odds work, the importance and mechanics of supply and reinforcements, calculations of rail movement, the effects of weather on combat, and more. The game is played in traditional turn-based format, on a 16x10 map with an average of 50 units. There are 2 scenarios and a full campaign that lasts for up to 14 turns.

Unfortunately, Battle for Moscow has no computer opponent, so you will have to either play against a friend on the same computer, or use the Play-By-E-mail (PBEM) feature. But as a computer aide that introduces you to the genre, this freeware title offers excellent value. Recommended - but only if you can find a vic... err, a friend to play with :)

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Frank Chadwick & Bertrand Vauthier
Developer: Kamikaze Games Designers
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Kamikaze Games Designers
Theme: World Wars
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site, Official boardgame page
If you like this game, try: Patton Strikes Back, Panzer General II, Worlds at War

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.