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Allied General Lets Players Take on World War II – Today in History – January 31st, 1996

Turn based strategy war games are not all that popular in today’s market and that kind of sucks.  I grew up playing computer games a lot in the 90’s and it seems that was the golden age for this genre.  Sure, the late 80’s and early 90’s probably had more turn based strategy war games, it was the mid to late 90’s when the genre met decent graphics rather than just stat lists.  Allied General continues on the tradition from the previously released Panzer General (which I enjoyed on the 3DO).  Get ready for stats, more stats and waiting for your next turn so you can correct previous mistakes as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Allied General for Windows.

Allied General is a hex grid turn based strategy war game- say that three times fast.  The closest I can relate Allied General to for modern gamers would be those “menu games” as I call them such as Game of War and Empire War on mobile devices.  I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner, just that there is a lot of similarities between the two eras of games.  Allied General has a bit more interactivity to offer fans though.

There are four campaigns to take on in Allied General – one Soviet, one American and two British.  These are not short affairs either, these include several maps each to complete, a lot of formidable enemies and even weather changes to deal with on the battlefield.  The depth in the battles and how they are waged is quite impressive.

The “General” games have seen many other releases includes entries that focus on fantasy warfare (orcs, elves, dragons, etc) and the futuristic stuff in Star General.  Sadly, this series hasn’t been updated in quite a while.

If you want to relive the glory days of war games check out Ebay.

Carl Williams

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