DescriptionChaos Overlords is played out on an 8x8 grid, said grid representing city blocks. Each block contains three locations of varying significance (hospitals, research centres, etc) which are randomised for each new game. In fixed positions throughout the city are the headquarters of six organised crime syndicates. As the game begins, the player is in control of one of these HQ buildings, and have one gang of 'Right Hand Men' under player control. The aim of the game varies, from eliminating all rival gangs to capturing all HQ buildings, or merely competing for the highest bank balance or prestige (popularity).
Gameplay is very like a board game. Each turn, a selection of three gangs is made available to the player. From this pool the player may hire or dismiss one of the gangs. An extensive range of gangs is included, from Disgruntled Postal Workers to Renegade Nuns. Once hired, gangs are dispensed throughout the city with instructions to seize control of the aforementioned locations (obtaining research bonuses from research centres, accelerated healing from hospitals, etc.), shakedown the public for cash, research new weapons and technology or attack enemy installations.
Each gang may be outfitted with a weapon (ranged or melee) an item of protective gear and one miscellaneous item (performance-enhancing drugs, smoke bombs and 'cool shades' are a few examples). Getting the right gang and researching the perfect accessories for them is where much of the fun lies.
Combat, when it occurs (which is often) is automated, this is a strategy game, not a tactical simulation. Action is simultaneous turn-based with an optional time-limit to keep things moving. Multiplayer is supported through hotseat, modem, LAN or internet (TCP/IP) and is more stable than some current releases (possibly due to low average system specs when it was released).
- "Chaos Overlords: Strategic Gang Warfare" -- Tag-lined title
- "Chaos Overlords: Beherrscher des Chaos" -- German Title
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The Press Says
|GameSpot||Windows||Aug 15, 1996||9.2 out of 10||92|
|IGN||Windows||Nov 01, 2000||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Mac Gamer||Macintosh||1996||80 out of 100||80|
|All Game Guide||Windows||1997||80|
|Power Play||Windows||Jun, 1996||76 out of 100||76|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Windows||Aug, 1996||70|
|PC Games (Germany)||Windows||Jun, 1996||61 out of 100||61|
|PC Player (Germany)||Windows||Jun, 1996||60|
|High Score||Windows||Sep, 1996||3 out of 5||60|
|Gamesmania||Windows||1996||50 out of 100||50|
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Related Web Sites
- An Unofficial Chaos Overlords FAQ -- by Russell Webb (March 3, 2000)
- Chaos Overlords - Official site -- Official site for the game.
- Chaos Overlords - Wikipedia -- article about the game in the open encyclopedia
- Evolution Interactive -- Evolution Interactive is a game development studio run by John Keoni Morris, mostly known for releasing Chaos Overlords, a cyberpunk-themed boardgame.