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Herzog Zwei (Genesis)

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Description

The premise is that two opposing forces are in combat with one another. Each player controls a jet airplane which zooms across the screen and may turn into a ground based soldier. These ground soldiers can hurt enemy units, but can not affect bases. To take over bases scattered across the map (and ultimately, the enemy base), players must purchase new units and transport them to certain positions. In this way, the player acts more like a transport and management for different types of units rather than a combat character themselves. If the plane is ever destroyed, it restarts at the player's base location. As previously mentioned, a level is complete when either side's base is lost to the opposing forces.

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Herzog Zwei Genesis Territory selection
Herzog Zwei Genesis Main menu
Herzog Zwei Genesis Upgrades
Herzog Zwei Genesis On foot now

Alternate Titles

  • "ヘルツォーク・ツヴァイ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An interesting concept. Kyle Levesque (329) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Sega-16.com Jul 05, 2004 10 out of 10 100
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time Jun, 1991 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1990 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Herzog Zwei appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Real-Time Strategy

Herzog Zwei is credited by many to be the first real-time strategy game, and is rumored to be the template for that part of gameplay in the more widely known Dune 2 game. But contrary to popular belief, Herzog Zwei isn't even the first real-time strategy archetype. That honor arguably goes to Stonkers and The Ancient Art of War, both released in 1984, five years before that game seen its' spotlight in Japan. In addition, many people who consider Herzog Zwei to be the first RTS ever made, know nothing about the extremely obsucre prequel of this game, titled just Herzog.

Title Translation

The words "Herzog" and "Zwei" are German. A direct translation of the game's title to English would be "Duke Two".

Additional information contributed by Katharian Berg and IndieJones.
WildKard (12149) added Herzog Zwei (Genesis) on Oct 12, 2003