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War in Europe: computer edition (PC)
War in Europe: computer edition (PC)

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(Current Version 1.2.15)
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Product Code: 2100

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War in Europe is a computer-moderated simulation of the European Theater of Operations in World War II. There¹s no computer/AI player in the game; players make all the critical decisions. You decide on production schedules, declare war on neutral nations, and control the ground, air, sea and strategic forces of the Axis, Allied and Soviet powers in order to change or recreate the events of the war. The game is a division-level simulation, with some brigade and corps-sized ground units. Play takes place on a 159x133 hex map of Europe and North Africa. Naval power and air power are abstracted as points rather than on-map units, including: surface fleet, U-Boat, transport, amphibious assault, tactical air and strategic bomber points.

Battle on three fronts‹War in the West (two-player, Allies versus Axis); War in the East (two- player, Soviets versus Axis); and War in Europe (three-player, Axis versus Allies & Soviets). Select from 10 scenarios (shorter games focused on a single major offensive), or 16 campaigns (the whole war from a specified date through May Œ45 or the defeat of one side). A unique "tabbed" map display allows each player to define his own set of map views, while also allowing one-click switching between areas of interest. Multiple map overlays show the supply net, territory ownership, air range, and zones of control. Fully integrated PBEM mode, with autosend, inbox, browse mode and multiple file load/save tracking. Support for any screen resolution; multiple customizable map sets and customizable icons. Fully featured game editor for creation of new scenarios and campaigns; create new units, new setups, and edit the data tables used in the game.
Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 3.5 of 5 3.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 faithful implementation of the SPI boardgame February 23, 2024
Reviewer: PBEM gwgardner at verizon dot net from United States  
The original boardgame War in Europe remains my favorite wargame 50 years after first playing it.  This digital version is true to the original.

The UI is not optimal, but functional, and once the learning curve is surmounted, I've come to love some of the features - such as the many options for viewing units in context with the turn phase.

One can play the 'short' and campaign scenarios for War in the East, War in the West, and War in Europe.

I give it a 5-star because it is so faithful to the original, and it even goes beyond that to add many optional features that will give the game great replayability for a long time to come.

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4 of 5 Enjoyable if flawed game October 18, 2023
Reviewer: William Reardon from Wilmington, DE United States  
I bought the original SPI WIE game in the 80s but only got to play it once because of lack of time and space since then. So I was happy to find the DG computer version, and have enjoyed it, but like others have seen glitches. Reinstalling the game fixed one issue, being unable to repair manufacturing centers captured by the Axis, but then another emerged. The Soviet 8-6 armored corps, which previously reduced to a 1-6 battlegroup, as in the original SPI game, now becomes a 2-6 instead, a significant difference in some situations. The 1-6 seemed to be the default in the initial install, and I still have older game saves which include them both on-map and in production builds, but I can't reestablish them in any new game. I thought this might have been from using a different rules or counter set, e.g., SPI vs DG, or board vs computer game rules, but it seems to be true no matter which options I use now. I've tried both reinstalling and using the game editor to fix this, with no success.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
3 of 5 A mixed bag but worthwhile to a grognard October 4, 2021
Reviewer: Joseph Rody from Tampa, FLA United States  
I'm a big fan of monster war games and started during the heights of SPI's prime.  War in Europe is supposed to be a big, dumb monster game and, to some degree, that is true.  Compared to our current state of the art, the game play is simplistic but the strategy is not.

After many plays, you find optimum strategies and counters.  The full flavor comes out once you get very familiar with the procedure and rules.  I'm not certain this was deliberate and more likely a fortunate side effect of a game of this scope.

The software is far from perfect.  As people have mentioned, there are glitches and quirks.  Eventually you can find work arounds to most but not all of them.  It is possible to play an entertaining game.  

Overall, I agree with others that it is highly unlikely Decision Games will release more updates.  If, for nothing else, it's not economically possible considering the game is not a big seller.

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  2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
3 of 5 Variety, customizable . . . and glitches September 18, 2020
Reviewer: Gordon Crighton from Orleans, MA United States  
The game adds to what was available from SPI with optional units, editable capabilities and many different scenarios and campaign games.  Editing capabilities allow you to create your own scenarios and campaign start points.  However, the overall impression is of a package that's still in beta.  There are annoying glitches (although you can work around them) and advertised features that don't work.  I think this is a game that DG has basically abandoned; the last patch was 1.2.18 (not 1.2.15 as this website claims), but there is so much more to fix.  Recommendation: if you're really into big games, buy it and prepare to discover all its quirks, but don't expect that DG will ever fix any of them.

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  0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
3 of 5 Where are the instructions? June 8, 2020
Reviewer: Jeffrey from Denton, TX United States  
Finally found them...

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