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Eastern Front (1941) (Atari 8-bit)

Eastern Front (1941) Atari 8-bit Starting screen (Cartridge version)

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Description

A strategic turn-based wargame for the Atari 8-Bit computer line. Eastern Front puts you in charge of the German armada as they start their infamous Russian campaign, or as it was known at the time "Operation Barbarossa". The game is played from an overhead scrolling map that encompasses the entire eastern European theater, and from which you select your units and issue orders based on their action points and strength which are defined by their appropriate control zones. Isolate units, and their strength starts to go down proportionally.

Only 1-player mode is supported against an AI that actually processes its moves between turns, giving out finer solutions the longer the player takes to make his moves.

Screenshots

Eastern Front (1941) Atari 8-bit Starting screen (Disk version)
Eastern Front (1941) Atari 8-bit Please enter your orders now (Disk version)
Eastern Front (1941) Atari 8-bit Please enter your orders now (Cartridge version)
Eastern Front (1941) Atari 8-bit Starting screen (Cartridge version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Eastern Front (1941): A Historic Military Strategy Game" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Eastern Front 1941" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

The first really tough computer wargame Maury Markowitz (226) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Tilt Nov, 1982 4 out of 6 67
Micro 7 Jan, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67

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Trivia

Commercial success

Chris Crawford worked for 800 hours on this game, which he spent between January and August 1981. The game was a commercial success, 60,000 copies of the game were sold.

Release history

Eastern Front was released in three different variants. The first two were a 16 KB cassette version and a 32 KB floppy version with improved graphics. Both for the Atari 400 and both developed by Chris Crawford and released through Atari's APX (Atari Program Exchange), a semi-independent label which sold bare-bones releases mainly developed by independent programmers. Some APX games became so popular that eventually they received the full Atari treatment and got an "official" release. This is what happened with Eastern Front, which received its third and final release in 1982 for the Atari 800 in a 48 KB floppy version with improved AI and additional difficulty levels.
Zovni (9355) added Eastern Front (1941) (Atari 8-bit) on Nov 28, 2006