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Windows - 1999

Also available on: Mac - Linux

Alt names LinBolo, WinBolo, iBolo, nuBolo
Year 1999
Platform Windows
Released in Worldwide (1999)
Worldwide (2006)
Worldwide (2009)
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Arcade, Board / Party Game, Real-Time, Tank
Perspective Top-Down
4.29 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of Bolo

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One of the best Macintosh games ever made is Bolo, a great game of tank combat for up to 16 players.

WinBolo is an excellent Windows port of this Mac classic that is very faithful to the original. The great gameplay is intact, and even enhanced with excellent AI (for when you can't find human friends to play against) and is even compatible with LinBolo, the Linux version.

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough [EG] to play a game on the Macintosh, here's a brief summary: WinBolo is a top-down tank battle game set on an island where the objective is to capture all the refuelling bases on the map. The game's high point is the wonderful combination of realism, strategy, reflexes, and above all teamwork - you can lay minefields that other players cannot see, hide behind trees (which you can plant!), capture pillboxes that provide automatic cover fire, and form alliances with other players. You can even pick up the pillboxes and place them later onto the map. They will then attack any enemy tank that comes within range. To add to the game's complexity, tanks enter the game with limited shells and mines, so the first thing you must do before you can attack pillboxes or other tanks is find a refuelling base to replenish the tank's supplies of shells, mines, and armor. You can also lay mines, which will leave craters on the ground when exploded. An exploding mine will also set off any adjacent mines - so a long line of mines will all go off together in a chain reaction. If you don't want this to happen, you must lay mines in a checker-board pattern so that they don't set each other off. Craters adjacent to sea or river will flood with water, so setting off a long line of mines leading to the sea will have the effect of creating an artificial river. Using this method, you can create a moat around your fortress. As well as slowing down tanks, water also damages any shells and mines carried by the tank, so any tank caught in your moat will soon be helpless. Tanks slow down when they cross craters, and speed up on roads and bridges. The complexity of WinBolo is nothing short of amazing, especially considering that the user interface is quite easy to learn (you have to memorize a few keys, however).

What makes WinBolo a truly classic (and unique) network game is the outstanding range of multiplayer options. For example, pillboxes will shoot at any tank other than yours, so to tell it not to shoot your friends, you must declare a formal alliance. This requires another player's consent, of course, and you must break an existing alliance to join a new one. Members of an alliance are immune from pillboxes they control, and they can also see each other's mines (only those that are lain after the alliance is formed, though). Soon after you learn the ropes and join a 16-player game, you will be drawn into a hectic, very dynamic gameworld of WinBolo where alliances are struck and broken on a whim, tanks engaging in firefights with pillboxes, and mines exploding all around you. Before long, you will realize that it's 2AM and that your phone company will have another happy month ;)

If you like tank combat games or even action games in general, WinBolo is a must-have. Although you can download the game for free, be sure to register the game to show how much you appreciate it - for $25, you will be supporting the shareware community as well as encouraging WinBolo author John Morrison to continue his excellent work. Must-have!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Chuck Pelto 2023-03-24 -2 points

Is there an updated version that will run on Mac OSX 10?

Warlord 2022-12-16 0 point

back in the Cogw room at Nijmegen :-)

BoloKing 2022-01-22 -1 point


Rokker79 2021-01-12 0 point

BOLO and rally were the two best games about that time. Such a blast!!!!

Patrick 2020-10-17 1 point

How do you open this file? hqx extension?

Huzee 2018-10-31 4 points

This brings back memories of when we played this in our school computer lab. (Which we weren't allowed to do) One day, a tank was called Mr Smith and he was cruising around and playing with us all. We all laughed saying imagine that was our IT teacher.

It was! We all got a detention for playing games. It was so worth it though. Wish I could still play a newer version of it!

TJ 2018-02-23 10 points

For a lot of us in our mid to late 30s now, this was the ORIGINAL "lan party game" especially if our school had a "computer lab" stocked with those Macintosh LCii systems!

Raj das 2017-09-13 1 point

I like bolo game

bigd 2017-04-29 2 points

i do remember this in school back in the late 80s early 90s me and my friends would hang out at the computer class getting caught playing it so our teacher made us copies to take home on a floppy disk. we always played against each other through internet at home after school. we were addicted to this game. LOLLS GOOD TIMES.

Raxton Sfek 2016-10-31 3 points

Used to love playing this in the computer lab.... BACK IN THE DAY

$ark 2016-10-10 1 point

Cant help thinking this could have a whole new life on android tablets. Unfortunately I'm not into android programming.
A challenge for someone else on here?

Chesco 2016-02-22 1 point

The game vs a bunch of people back in 1993 was an INCREDIBLE competitive & addicting experience! Seriously!!!!!!!!!!

Paco01 2016-01-25 4 points

This really brings some memories back. We were always playing this on the university networked mac classics. It was the best freeware multiplayer tank game available at that time.

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