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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

Windows 3.x - 1988

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Apple IIgs - Atari ST

Year 1988
Platform Windows 3.x
Released in United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Cold War, Historical Battle (specific/exact)
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
4.32 / 5 - 88 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.

Review By HOTUD

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How to play Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Windows 3.x

Game was wrongly labeled as DOS, but it's a Win 2.0 game. It's playable on recent Windows though, right click on BOP.EXE then click on Properties, go to Compatibility settings and choose Windows 95 in the Compatibility mode after checking the box.

Comments and reviews

J 2023-01-28 -8 points

This game is a joke

Dude4391 2022-09-27 0 point Windows 3.x version

To have color set the display in the Windows Setup Menu to 16 colors.
For instance XGA (640x480, 16 colors).

I.M. MEEN 2017-12-03 7 points

we do not reward failure

Chuse 2017-10-14 -2 points

PS, If you're wondering why I need color, it helps my eyes aha.

Chuse 2017-10-14 -2 points Windows 3.x version

Hello, I'm requesting assistance. Got windows 3.1 to work, and BoP. However, I have no color in BoP. Am I running the wrong graphic drivers or something for Windows 3.1? I have no knowledge of some of the older OS, hah.

Jonas 2017-08-13 -10 points Windows 3.x version

Use Alt+F4 to close dialog boxes.

Jonas 2017-08-13 3 points Windows 3.x version

I got the windows version to run in dosbox/windows 3.11. Use Alt+Esc to close dialog boxes.

Think 2016-08-22 0 point Windows 3.x version

Esc key is not working. Don't download the windows version folks

Gamer 2016-03-21 2 points Mac version

Just found this site. I got the original BoP for Christmas in 1985 and played it for months on the original Mac (128k, no HD, etc). What a blast! Hope someone ports it to an online version so we can play it again.

persie 2015-11-01 -1 point

what is social all about?

Mike 2015-08-14 3 points Windows 3.x version

To everyone who is trying to run the program in windows XP, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8, stop trying. You need to run the game in windows 3.1.

To do this, find a copy of win 3.1, install and run it in DOSBox (with BOP in the drive where win 3.1 is installed) and run BOP from within win 3.1. Consult DOSbox on how to install win 3.1 in dosbox.

Aaron 2015-04-14 -1 point Windows 3.x version

I keep trying to play it in DOSBox and it keeps saying the game requires windows, and my computer runs on windows, what am I suppossed to do?

potato08 2015-01-05 -1 point Windows 3.x version

it keeps saying that it cant run the file

Lenin 2014-10-25 0 point Windows 3.x version

It kept saying it was out of memory or something

JordanSkoda 2014-03-14 -3 points Windows 3.x version


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 1 point Windows 3.x version

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 Windows 3.x version

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 Windows 3.x version

This game is great!

Travis 2013-06-19 -1 point Windows 3.x version

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

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