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The Ancient Art of War

DOS - 1984

Also available on: Amiga - Mac - Amstrad CPC - Apple II - PC-88

Alt name
Sun Tzu's L'Art de la Guerre
Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Strategy
Theme
Editor / Construction Set, Historical Battle (specific/exact), Real-Time
Publisher
Brøderbund Software, Inc.
Developer
Evryware
Perspective
Top-Down
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.58
4.24 / 5 - 40 votes

Description of The Ancient Art of War

Before Dave Murry and Barry Murry designed the seminal The Ancient Art of War in 1984, best-selling wargames like SSI's Kampfgruppe bear no resemblance to best-selling strategy games like M.U.L.E. As a result, strategy gamers and wargamers are two secluded camps who don't speak the same language.

The Ancient Art of War united the two camps in one masterful stroke. Here, at last, is a wargame that wargamers would enjoy for the excellent engine based on the classic war treatise by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu. Implementing tactics based on Sun Tzu's words becomes the key to victory. Strategy gamers were drawn to the game for its colorful graphics, the chance to match wits with 8 of the most famous military leaders in history in their most important battles, and intuitive command interface.

Here is your chance to challenge the goddess Athena, Alexander the Great, Geronimo, Crazy Ivan, Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Sun Tzu himself. As in the first game, battle locales are varied and historically important. You will wage wars in the Sherwood forest, ancient Rome, Asgaard, Custer's Last Command, Napoleon's France, ancient China, the Appalachians, and Mongolia.

The game, like chess, is simple to learn, yet hard to master. The lack of campaign mode is just about the only criticism I can think of. Suffice it to say that anyone who's never played this game is missing out an important chapter in the history of war and strategy gaming. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Sun Tzu 2015-05-18 1 point Mac version

Thanks for this amazing game it brings back a lot of memories.

Unfortunately this download doesn't include Disk 2 ("Campaign Disk") that was included with the original, which allows editing and creating new game campaigns. If anyone knows where this can be downloaded please post a link. thank you.

Griff 2015-02-26 0 point DOS version

I'm back in 1988

Edward 2015-02-16 0 point DOS version

it's great to have this game again!

Hawabaz 2015-01-04 -3 points Mac version

Wow. This is blast from the past. used to love BroderBund games. I really wanted to try this and its sea version again. Thanks for providing the link. Can you advise how to play it on windows 8? Is there an emulator or a simple way to load the game and play without bugs?

Thanks a bunch.

Fucking Animals in their asses 2013-02-26 -8 points DOS version

This game makes my sack hard and allows me to cum buckets.

guest 2012-10-03 0 point DOS version

Review of The Ancient Art of War for DOS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdgwPOf2BCA

Aviad 2012-05-22 -2 points DOS version

I spent most of my time on this game back in the 80s. Brilliant !!!

Ray 2011-11-22 -1 point DOS version

One of the best games ever. The origin of the RTS gaming.

Rogueci5 2009-07-11 -1 point DOS version

This game is one of the Classics! 8 /10

Alex 2008-10-08 -1 point DOS version

This is the best RTS game ever made and no one has the hindsight to remake it?

Joe M 2008-06-06 -1 point DOS version

Oh man I used to love this game back in the day. Could be the original RTS game.

Mike 2008-05-09 -1 point DOS version

I absolutely love this game.

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