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Game #170
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Capture The Flag    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Strategy   Squad-level

Rating: 9.04 (377 votes)

Capture The Flag box cover

Capture The Flag screenshot
CGW's Chuck Miller said it all in his review of this tremendously popular shareware game: "Based on the traditional outdoor diversion by the same name, [Capture The Flag] pits the player against an opponent (human or computer) in an effort to capture the other's flag. The goal is simple enough -- capturing the enemy's flag before one's own flag has been snatched. Unlike most wargames, Capture the Flag is primarily a non-violent offering with a brief learning curve. There is no death or destruction; no one is ever killed. Like its namesake, enemy players are captured (in a cute animated, cartoon-style scuffle) and sent to "prison", a waiting zone, where they remain for the duration of the game (or a set number of turns).

[The game] is very easy to play. Two small teams are deployed over an extensive battleground. Play is turn-based, each player moving his or her characters and issuing them individual commands until available movement points have been expended. The playing field itself is comprised of several well designed and varied terrain types, ranging from flat grasslands to forests, and even rocky badlands. In addition, a terrain editor is provided for constructing one's own battlegrounds. Graphics are of very good quality and provide an enjoyable gaming environment (the appearance is similar to that of a Windows-based product). Character animation during movement is smooth. Sound effects enhance the playing experience. The icon-driven interface is simple and very intuitive, so much so that what little instruction is needed for play is available through a built-in help feature. Overall, it is evident that care was taken in the development of this product, its presentation being of commercial quality." Overall, this is one of the very best shareware games ever made-- two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Richard Carr
Developer: Carr Software
Publisher: Carr Software
Year: 1995
Software Copyright: Carr Software
Theme: Shareware
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Carr Software's game page
If you like this game, try: Richard Carr's Treasure Island, Fire Power, Return Fire

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