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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

DOS - 1989

Released in
United States
Simulation, Strategy
Historical Battle (specific/exact)
Mindscape, Inc.
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.73
4.28 / 5 - 25 votes

Description of Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

This update of Chris Crawford's seminal Balance of Power for Windows 1.0 features up-to-date information, 18 new countries (bringing the total to 80), and "multipolar level" in which countries can go to war of their own volition (you could, of course, take advantage of the situation by selling them arms or contribute troops).

Perhaps as a response to players' complaint of the steep learning curve of the first version, Chris added the "Crisis Advisory Board" who would give you advice during the crisis.

Overall, an excellent update of the best cold war simulation ever made, here compiled and patched beautifully to run under Windows 95/98 by our resident cracker Mok. There's no better geopolitical game on the market, even a decade after its release. If you have even a slight interest in politics, this game is a must-have.

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potato08 2015-01-05 -1 point

it keeps saying that it cant run the file

Lenin 2014-10-25 -1 point

It kept saying it was out of memory or something

JordanSkoda 2014-03-14 -2 points


When I tried to install the game, I received an error message saying that it's incompatible with the 64-bit version of Windows. Any remedies? And please note that I am not a PC expert by any length ;-)


James 2014-03-11 0 point

One of the advisers looks like Vladimir Putin.Must have gotten a promotion from his KGB days.See for yourself.

Jeff 2013-12-22 0 point

I played the original on my double-floppy-drive PC clone (XT class) on a Hercules monochrome screen. BoP was a GREAT game. I highly recommend Chris Crawford's explains the innards and the equations he used.

I'd love to see a web version...anyone working on something like that?

Arthur 2013-07-02 0 point

This game is great!

Travis 2013-06-19 0 point

There should be a revival of games like this. I played BOP as a kid. Great stuff!

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