There seems to be some talent for obscure game trivia here. I've searched for this one for a decade on and off. 2003-2004 I downloaded a nuclear warfare simulator from alt.binaries.old.games. It ran from MS-DOS, no title screen or logo. Started in a menu system on how you wanted to simulate the exchange. I don't quite remember all the features but i'll try to regurgitate all the details that I do.
You could only play as NATO I believe. Main GUI was a monochromatic northern hemisphere of earth. Menu bar at the top to access controls and review reports. Across the board were NATO and WARPACT nuclear silos, airfields, sea ports, mobile SAM batteries, and fleets at sea. No small arms conflicts were simulated as i recall.
The 'game' ran in realtime as the steady progression of nuclear weaponry was positioned and launched. You could set the speed to realtime or elapsed. Trajectory lines and complicated math formulas were displayed as ICBMs were loosed. Fleets engaged and nuclear submarines had to sneak about to get their SLBMs off. Meanwhile bombers were racing to their targets trying to avoid Soviet SAMs and fighter wings. When nuclear weapons struck population and military asset losses were recorded. No score but seemingly your arsenal could outlive the Soviets' if you steadily outmatched their silo strikes while not revealing all of yours to targeting.
Seemed like it was USA DoD software. Wish i had more time to study it. It is an area of wargaming that is seemingly a no-no unless you do it very corny like "Nuclear War!" or the arcade "DefCon".
Anyone else know what i'm talking about? Ever heard of someone who has heard of this software?
(Edited by Rola (5898), Jan 14, 2013)Re: Realistic Nuclear Warfare Simulator
Rola (5898), Jan 14, 2013
Only you :) See? I remember your request after 3 years!
;] strange that it would still be so classified as half of those munitions have been dismantled...
Have you checked the suggestion in the other thread on Abandonia, mainly Bravo Romeo Delta? Or Red Sky at Morning?
Hey thanks TA. Yes Bravo Romeo Delta... here i thought it was some sort of top secret government software haha. what a retard. I must have glossed over it on the abandonia forums cause i've been searching for this off and on still...
Thanks again sir. Red Sky at Morning is worth a download too ;]
Since it isn't listed in our database yet, it would be nice of you to write an entry as a "thank you" for finding it after all those years.
It appears it also had Amiga release.
Done. Yeah the amiga version looks cleaner than the blocky DOS one. Probably better programming too like Balance of Power 1990.