>> Saturday, December 20, 2008
The classic board game from Hasbro was licensed by Philips Media and converted to CD-i by Capitol Multimedia inc, better known as CapDisc. This game was a USA exclusive release although various European CD-i distributors did import the game, especially true of UK based retailers. The year is 1942, and it's time to wage war. However, this time, history is in your hands. Play as 1 or more of the 5 key powers of World War 2 and atempt to lead your country(s) to victory. Will the Axis powers conquer the world? Will the Allied countries withstand the assualt and push forward to win? It's all up to you!
This is a game of pure strategy, and I must say, it's extremely fun. The computer's AI is nothing short of impressive, and deffinilty plays to win. Being set into the war in 1942 means that the balance of power is pretty much leaning towards the Axis side, but, it's not got the supreme advantage, so playing as either side is not really crippling. Although trying to win with Great Britan does take a lot of time & effort. Don't worry though, the game does try (though dismally fails after a while) to keep you entertained with small video clips of stock WW2 footage in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. (see picture above)
As far as graphics go, its not going to win any awards. It's basically a flat map with colors for each country denoting which of the super powers occupies them, and when you zoom in, it shows little tanks, planes & such to let you know what is there. However, when a country is highlighted in regular mode, it shows the military data in the column at the upper right-hand side of the screen.
There really is no soundtrack to speak of, except for the sounds of war & industrial production provided by the video clips. This is a plus, since most strategy games have music that gets on your nerves anyway. So just turn down the sound & crank up your own tunes. Control is where this game gets somewhat annoying. While it's icon driven menu system is nice, the constant loading of the video clips makes the controler skip occasionally, and makes use of the CD-i mouse (which would be ideal for any strategy game) almost impossible.
All in all though, this game is extremely fun for the strategy minded & WW II buffs. However, if you're looking for fast paced action & shooting, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Credits: CD-i Collective