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Steel Panthers (DOS)

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Steel Panthers is a wargame (turn-based strategy game) by Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI). The game is set in World War II, where the player fights battles by controling tanks, infantry, and other war marchines on a battlefield divided into hexgonal units (hexes). The game was designed by Gary Grigsby, who is considered by many as one of the preminent wargame designers.

Steel Panthers has spawned a whole trilogy, of which the last release was Steel Panthers 3: Brigade Commands. There are many types of games that can be played, including campaigns that span the war, stand alone historical battles, what-if scenarios, random battles, and play by email (PBEM) battles. However, there is also a scenario editor that lets you create your own battles, designation the type and number of units present, creating the landscape, and choosing the game parameters for the player. There are tens of countries to choose from, each with accurate represenation of their arms. In addition, there are different units for the US Army and the US Marine Corps. Information about each country's arms can be found in the Encyclopedia, in addition to a picture of the real thing.


Steel Panthers DOS Scenario Selection
Steel Panthers DOS Encyclopedia
Steel Panthers DOS Scenario Editor
Steel Panthers DOS Main Game Screen

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The Press Says

High Score Jun, 1996 5 out of 5 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 95 out of 100 95
PC Gamer Dec, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Coming Soon Magazine Jan 13, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1995 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot May 01, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Joker Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Nov, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Joystick (French) Dec, 1995 78 out of 100 78


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Wargame of the Year
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Wargame of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue)) – #53 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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Peter Robinett (9) added Steel Panthers (DOS) on Nov 29, 2000