DOS - 1993
Also available on: Amiga
Description of Hannibal
Discover Hannibal (also known as Hannibal: Master of the Beast), an excellent game of 1993. With top-down perspective, the publisher MicroLeague Multimedia, Inc. had wonderful ideas around historical battle (specific/exact), managerial.
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Red2777 2016-09-21 0 point
I purchased this game back in 1995 for £10 and played it for countless hours. It was incredible. On the plus side, it covered a fascinating conflict, involved engaging and involving strategic planning, and played with a mostly intuitive interface once you got the hang of it. As someone who loves ancient warfare, and particularly the Punic Wars, having the chance to play as Hannibal to conquer Rome and the Mediterranean was brilliant. It was a great learning tool too - by the time I was done with the game, I could name nearly every city across the Roman Mediterranean (some of the cities in the game weren't actually founded until after the events of the game, but still). I played it so much that I eventually managed to take over nearly the entire playing map, including the Ptolemaic, Seleucid, and Macedonian territories.
On the downside, the AI is nearly non-existent - it follows a preset pattern determined at the beginning of the game, rather than responding to your movements. There are also some fairly silly issues like the fact that you can starve Rome into submission with a tiny army, as long as you keep on blockading it rather than trying to storm it. The battles are also rather lackluster and lack strategy - yes, you get to pick what formation you use, but the computer just picks one at random to use, so it is rather a case of rock-paper-scissors, and the biggest army generally triumphs anyway.
A real blast from the past, but not sure it would stand up to modern scrutiny.
PsychoDad 2015-10-18 1 point
O my God, I LOVED this game! SO addictive. Definitely has its flaws, especially compared to modern strategy games, but even compared to contemporaries. There are NO battle scenes. You pick your strategy, commence the battle, and a countdown shows you how many soldiers are dying on each side! Mind you, I enjoy this type of game, but most of the time I'll usually hit the "auto resolve" (or whatever) button and skip the actual battle management anyway. But I'd sure like the option, or at least watch SOMETHING of what's happening! That though is the greatest weakness, I think. Some of the control board controls are not particularly intuitive, and you may have to mess around a bit figuring out what does what. Otherwise, quite challenging and engaging.
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