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Game #90
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Balance of Power (1985 edition)    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Politics

Rating: 7.81 (48 votes)

Balance of Power (1985 edition) box cover

Balance of Power (1985 edition) screenshot
Balance of Power is among the first political simulations that emphasize diplomacy and politics over outright aggression. When he first released this seminal game in 1984, Crawford single-handedly established the political simulation genre and left a lasting legacy on how to design good diplomatic models in a game that aspires to model reality. You must use diplomacy, sign treaties, commit risky covert CIA or KGB actions, or even riskier, direct military intervention to prop up 3rd world countries or help their insurgents and win them to your governmental philosophy: Capitalism or Communism. The game, not surprisingly, attracted many non-gamers to the field and inspired countless books on the subject. International cold war politics at its best!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Chris Crawford
Developer: Mindscape
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1985
Software Copyright: Chris Crawford
Theme: Political, Apocalypse Now, Epic
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System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Balance of Power (1990 edition), Balance of The Planet, Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator

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