I remember eyeing this title when it was coming out, but the reviews and forum chatter were not that flattering at the time, so it kind of drifted off my radar.
i noticed the price drop and was looking for something new[like i don't have enough to play]so started to look at some info and new reviews on the game, apparently the dev stayed with it. I downloaded the demo[50 turn demo] and between starting and stopping games and reading the manual i decided to jump and purchased the game.
I'm 80 turns in playing the US out of over 600 turns and yes you can play past that apparently but the tech tree isnt built for that. 80 turns isnt that far in, using weekly turns. Anyone familar with civilization will be right at home, I stopped playing civ after 3. It develops a little slower than civ, which is fine with me. I'm playing the German question scenario which starts in 1933,i'm in mid 34 and have yet to engage in any wars but have been plenty busy building my economy and infrastructure and making my plans for semi-global domination[Mexico is first in late 35]. So far i've been turned down for an alliance by Canada, got caught spying on Mexico and have sold arms to dubious nations involved in small wars for quick cash,i payed for an internal propaganda government program to keep the peoples spirits up, i've been in debt to the tune of 1.8 billion and in the black at 800 million while i try to balance what i want to what i can pay for[coal&metal rule early].
What really sticks out to me is the interface and how easy it is to get the info you need. There are tool tips for everything. The info screens column headers are clickable to sort what you want to the top and you can click an item in one info box which will open another info box. As far as i can tell there is a clickable icon on all items, if clicked takes you to the entry in the encyclopedia be it a unit , a tech, or a building. For resources you can set stock pile amounts and then try to sell the rest on the world market or try to set up a trade with another nation,or if your short of a resource you buy on the open market. There's an info screen which gives the world supply and demand for nations of the world so you can try setup a trade with a needy nation[its 1934 not alot of nations have extra money].I could go on but all i'm saying is i really like the interface and the options open to me. The dev didn't let it die on the vine, but kept working on it. If you like civ type games, there's a current demo and its now priced at $20. your mileage may vary but in my opinion it's worth a look.
< Message edited by **budd** -- 4/2/2012 3:47:58 AM >
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