The first of the Command Series
of tactical wargames released by MicroProse
in the mid-1980s, Crusade in Europe is the descendant of Meier's first wargame, NATO Commander. Sid Meier
and Ed Bever, Ph.D.
, collaborated on Crusade's design, which (along with the game's manual) shows an enormous amount of research and attention to historical detail.
As the title suggests, the game's focus is the European Theater of World War II in 1944-45, and the Normandy Invasion in particular. Although there are only five scenarios, each can be customized through multiple variants (with different initial deployments and reinforcement schedules) and levels of difficulty. Another nice feature is the ability to play using either tradtional boardgame symbols or unit icons. Both sides (Allied and Axis) can be played, and two players can play head-to-head in hotseat mode.
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According to the manual, Sid Meier
programmed the original Crusade
in Europe for the Commodore and converted the game to the Atari. Jim Synoski
converted it to the Apple and Don Awalt
converted it to the IBM. Information also contributed by