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Balance of Power

DOS - 1985

Also available on: Amiga - Atari ST - Apple II - PC-88 - PC-98

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Alt name Geopolitics in the nuclear age.
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact)
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.49 / 5 - 29 votes

Description of Balance of Power

Balance of Power is among the first political simulation that emphasizes diplomacy and politics over outright aggression. When he first released this seminal game in 1984, Crawford single-handedly established the political simulation genre and left a lasting legacy on how to design good diplomatic models in a game that gives a nod to reality.

You must use diplomacy, make treaties, issue risky, covert CIA or KGB actions, or riskier, direct military intervention to prop up 3rd world countries or help their insurgents and win them to your governmental philosophy: Capitalism or Communism.

The game, not surprisingly, attracted many non-gamers to the field and inspired countless books on the subject. International cold war politics at its best!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Badwolf74 2015-09-18 0 point DOS version

Not quite sure how I'm supposed to get anything done. No matter what side I play, I enact any policies and the other side nukes me because I refuse to back down. I tried to switch to diplomatic relations with Lebanon to help slow down their revolution. Apparently that's capitalist behavior worthy of ending the world, thanks USSR.

unclemoneybags 2014-06-09 1 point DOS version

I couldn't get this to run on DOSbox... :-(

CJR 2013-06-10 0 point DOS version

Works on the BBC Master 512

Another Linux User 2013-04-18 0 point DOS version

@Linux user
sudo apt-get install dosbox

@LinuxUser 2013-04-18 -1 point DOS version

If you can't get this working on linux then stop using linux..

Linux user. 2013-04-18 1 point DOS version

Make support for my computer please? :)

Atari Old School 2011-10-16 0 point DOS version

This was one of the best games I played when I was 15 on my Atari 520ST. It not only taught me about politics and world affairs it was also a game that till this day I can remember almost all about how to play it. I am eager to relive my youth with the game.

And Yes Atari did make some of the best computers at the time, the graphics were better then Apple and Commodore.

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