User Reviews

Barbarians kill Archers, Archers kill Knights, Knights kill Barbarians. The forefather of all war-based strategy games! Indra is stressed (20754) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
AAOW was way ahead of its time. Trixter (9129) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Take Sun Tzu out for Chop Suey Yeah Right (57) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
It inspired my RTS game Tony Van (2856) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The FIRST Real Time Strategy Game ... in 1984! Trent Simms (2) unrated
My Childhood x86 solum ARC (2) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Simplistic, yet Universal...a real tribute to the original. Menschenfresser (2) unrated
Ancient Art of War was my FIRST love in computer games. Rogue Agent (1) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall User Score (41 votes) 3.7


Critic Reviews

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83
Tilt (Dec, 1986)
Ruses et coups fourrés vous seront plus profitables qu'un affrontement direct avec l'ennemi. Aux onze campagnes proposées s'ajoutent celles que vous pourrez créer vous-même.
60
A tactical rendition of various "battles," this product is an enjoyable game, but any relation to history (or the book of the same title by Sun Tsu) is purely coincidental. Some of the scenarios are unbalanced, but the game is easy to learn and has its own scenario editor/ generator.
 
Wargamers are constantly seeking the ultimate wargame. But, if they really admit it, what they demand from such a wargame is impossible to deliver. As for me, TAAW meets a lot of my expectations of an ultimate wargame and if it doesn't meet them all, it certainly comes closer than most. Great game!
 
Happy Computer (Apr, 1985)
Freilich wird sich der eine oder andere an der ausgesprochen kriegerischen Rahmenhandlung stoßen. Doch wer keine moralischen Bedenken hat, kommt bei „Ancient Art of War“ in den Genuß eines Strategiespiels, das dank seiner Komplexität und des integrierten Spielebaukastens immer wieder mit neuen Situationen überrascht.