War-8}! (DOS)

War-8}! DOS The game starts with a screen promoting shareware and asking for cash if the player likes the game

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War-8}! is a two player, shareware game similar to Scorched Earth and Worms.

Both players have five tanks which are dropped onto a computer generated 2D landscape. The object of the game is to score points by destroying all the opponents tanks and optionally the buildings that populate the landscape.

When it's their turn each player selects one of their tanks and a weapon. Aiming the weapon is an exercise in hand/eye co-ordination. The game provides two circles at the top of the screen. The first has a rotating arm that sets the direction of the shot while the second has coloured segments that indicate the power of the shot. While these are being selected they are mirrored in the game area which makes things just a tad easier. Once the player has chosen each of these the weapon is fired and hopefully does some damage. The weapons available are a rocket propelled grenade, an amplified light pulse, and two forms of missile.

Unlike some other games of this type, Worms for example, there's no wind or weather to alter the trajectory.

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War-8}! DOS There is a sound effect in the game but it is optional
War-8}! DOS This is the control the player uses to direct their shot. The white bar in the main screen sweeps round like the second hand of a watch and the player hits ENTER when it points at the enemy
War-8}! DOS If a shot does any damage it is reported before the next player takes their turn.
Hitting one's own tank is not a good idea but in this case it was deliberate, just to get a good screenshot. Honest
War-8}! DOS The game starts with a screen promoting shareware and asking for cash if the player likes the game

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War-8}! was written in 1990 by Jake Firth and was his first shareware game. The game was originally called just 'War' but Jake added the extension 'so I can tell my "war" game from the countless other programs called "War", and it's also a personal logo - a sideways happy-face!"
piltdown_man (124227) added War-8}! (DOS) on Dec 24, 2013