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Panzer General

DOS - 1994

Also available on: 3DO

Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States (1994)
Germany (1995)
United Kingdom (1996)
Germany (1997)
Genre Strategy
Theme Africa, Europe, Historical Battle (specific/exact), Middle East, Turn-based, Turn-based strategy, War, Wargame, World War II
Publisher Ergo Software, Novitas GmbH, Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.73 (works best on 0.72)
4.44 / 5 - 334 votes

Description of Panzer General

If you haven't played Panzer General or want to try this strategy video game, download it now for free! Published in 1994 by Strategic Simulations, Inc., Novitas GmbH, Ergo Software, Panzer General is still a popular turn-based title amongst retrogamers, with a whopping 4.4/5 rating.

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Comments and reviews

karr107 2022-01-14 2 points Windows version

no start button for me? i have played this before did something change?

wilmik7 2021-01-05 3 points DOS version

Great game! would recommend

Wayne 2020-12-09 0 point

This is actually the DOS-ROM version but it's still really fun!

Yankee Charlie 2020-10-01 1 point Windows version

I love this game

Art1217 2020-07-27 1 point Windows version

Been looking for this for a long time! Thank you!

Pontori Falstaff 2020-06-26 3 points

Lost in this game for months re-redoing every board in search of perfection. Same with Close Combat. Same with Panzer II. Man, biggest concern was what fast food dinner I was going to have to take a 30 min break to go get.

MMkie 2020-06-19 3 points DOS version

The is a Win95 version of Panzer General 1 , it came out 2 years later in 1996.
The DOS versions has better interface and just plays better. Win95 is like a cut and paste version.

@Doom 2020-04-16 0 point

Thank you.

DooM 2020-04-06 2 points Windows version

@CD The "windows version" - CD here is actually the DOS version! It is the full game with cutscenes etc. You must mount the .nrg image in dosbox and then install and start it. It works perfectly. easy. I think it is called "windows" version because it is originally for windows 95 (which is actually based on DOS) :-D.

CD? 2020-04-06 1 point DOS version

Anyone has the DOS CD version of it? I see in the links only the RIP DOS or floppy version, and a Windows version for CD.

DooM 2020-03-26 1 point

What can one say to this game? Everything has been said. It is a timeless masterpiece and one of the greatest turn based strategy games of all time. The first version and later Panzer General 2 and the rest of SSI's great games are just great, not to forget Pacific General and the last of the series, People's General, are the best games you can play today. A highly addictive, interesting and challenging game as well as all later SSI releases. Much better than today's stuff...

Chris 2020-03-25 0 point Windows version

I used to play this game often.

Gen 2019-12-21 0 point

@Greg G. - OpenGeneral missed a trick not basing it on the Pacific General engine (the best version of the 5* General series).
The original dos Panzer General based on that engine would be perfect.

Greg G. 2019-12-19 4 points

I still play the community-improved with a ton of new features version of Panzer General called OpenGeneral. It comes with over a hundred different campaign, different time periods going back to antiquity, and is free to boot. It kicks Panzer Corps butt in every aspect. Panzer Corps making you buy each campaign separately is a huge turn-off, too.

I'd recommend highly that any fans of the old SSI series to check it out.

Jones150458 2019-11-01 1 point

A wonderful game of tactic

Meatball 2019-09-29 1 point

I am looking for the board game that preceded and inspired this computer game. It came with 4 boards that could be combined and rearranged to accommodate the scenarios. I believe it, too, was called "Panzer General", and looked very much like this computer game, except the towns had no names (because the boards were interchangeable, depending on the scenario). If anyone knows where I might find the board game, contact me my email: (Please provide photos that I can verify it is the game I am looking for. Thank you!)

luis filipe 2019-05-27 2 points

sorry about my bad english because i am portuguese.Thank you for this game, it was one of my first games and i love it.Thank you a lot sir.

tyrock 2019-03-22 -9 points Windows version

the windows verion dont seem to run. what am i missing

Alex 2018-11-18 0 point

Loved this game ....

Bink38 2018-09-24 0 point

Geweldig ik kan het eindelijk weer eens spelen,

latigo 2018-08-21 2 points Windows version

I remember GNBNA best game,simple and also Panzer General,best games ever,

Sorrow62 2018-07-21 2 points DOS version

You better play this game under DosBox. The game itself is not realistic but it's the MOST PLAYABLE ever seen.
Remember that there is a bug, the second time you play France scenario it will be impossible to have a Decisive Victory, anyway it's well known that in France scenario it's better have a minor victory after haveing conquered all cities and left only a crippled ship to enemy to gain max experience and prestige.
The game mechanic is simple, playing the game to reach a decisive victory in USA is another matter.
Many believes that you have to choose tanks looking at attack value, that is fully wrong, in this game initiative is more important su if you choose Panzer IV you'll always lose against enemy armor while the Panzer III will be more effective even if the values are less than the "IV".
Another thing is to have seven eng. inf. units, it'll take time, but if you play good you'll have them in France scenario.
Another important trick I use in early scenarios is Heavy Flak starting in the most difficult battle, Norway.
In norway buy a 88 Flak as soon as you take a city, your fighter are too green and too weak to attack enemy fighters while they'll work good when attacked, so encircle enemy planes with your fighters but do not attack them, take Flak at three exes or less and shoot in the next turn, if you're lucky with bad weather you'll stop enemy planes enough to leave them without fuel.
This works until you'll upgrade to FW190 with at least two star experience.
Another word about the scenario sequence. Play with Decisive Victory until France, win it at last turn than go for Balkans, Creete and go on, you'll have a lot of time to rise prestige and upgrading units and get experience as well.
More to say but I have the time to say that I still play Panzer General after so many years and I still enjoy it.

Dosser 2018-06-02 -1 point

Dos version works perfect in win 10 64 bit even. You need to run it off a command line inside the Dosbox program is all.

Michael 2018-06-01 1 point Windows version

I played the DOS version since 1994 and it's probably the best all round war-game ever made. This is the game to play to get ANYONE into war /strategy games. Good learning curve and right balance of strategy and playability.
I didn't realize a windows version existed, just downloaded it and it even works on Win10 64bit (unfortunately the Dos version does not).
There is a lot of interesting words in the source code of this one. "English-Sheep-Shaggers" is mentioned often and criticism of EA etc.

KC 2018-04-17 -6 points DOS version

Everyone seems to think this game is sooooo cool, but it is impossible! I can get to level two, but as many games, it gets impossible after the first level. AND THAT'S ON EASY! AND ONLY THE SECOND LEVEL! I think you guys are crazy! There is no way anyone can be that good! I give this game a one star, five if it was possible!

Bixbt 2018-04-16 0 point

They released a level editor. Don't remember where it is but its awesome!!

rebooted 2018-03-01 1 point

this game is ownage plus master of orion i played for days

QuakeBUG 2017-06-21 3 points DOS version

The music of this game is very cool

PANZER 2017-02-20 -7 points Windows version

is it legal?

Dirk 2017-01-03 2 points

Always loved this game. Played it for years

Joy 2016-12-01 2 points Windows version

Amazing game! Hours and hours of play.

Chris 2015-06-23 1 point DOS version

One of the most repayable games ever, I'd suggest looking for Panzer General II, however, as there are literally hundreds of user created campaigns that you can play, and thousands of military units to use.

ASP811 2014-08-21 2 points DOS version

PGI is a well thought out strategy game. It basically computerized the older board games that featured the same hexagonal board, dice, and tiles; adding some corny animations and sounds. I think its simplicity makes it timeless and endlessly playable.

STARK 2014-01-16 1 point DOS version

It`s very cool;)

evlpngn 2013-11-25 -5 points DOS version

my dad loves this game, but he use to use some cheats back in the day, does anybody know how i can find them again for him?

Pilot 2013-08-19 0 point DOS version

The king of strategic round based games! I spent whole days when I was a child playing it!

Javier 2013-05-25 0 point DOS version

Panzer General was one of the best strategic games that I had ever play.

Alex 2013-02-18 0 point DOS version

the old good game ...

oam77 2013-02-16 0 point DOS version

good very good to like ...

mushandin 2011-08-21 0 point DOS version

A serious challenge

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