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In summary, Risk II is a great game that everyone should try at least twice- you will probably not be disappointed, and you may well expect to love it if you're interested in the original game. This is a classic board game made into an instantly classic computer game.
If you're a Risk veteran, you'll find a lot of terrific new gameplay in Risk II. If you've never played Risk before, this version offers an opportunity to play one of the greatest strategy games of all time. Bottom line, every Mac gamer will enjoy this one.
MacSoft's Risk II comes far closer to mirroring the classic board game than any previous Risk title, and in many ways it also enhances the true Risk experience.
Fortunately, little has changed from the basic play mechanics of traditional Risk. You still buy armies, distribute them amongst your territories, and essentially try to take over the world. For the sake of those two I’s at the end of the name, however, Hasbro has deemed fit to add a few twists to traditional gameplay. There are some new rules to use if you feel adventurous, such as the ability to resolve all battles at once, but for the most part, the new gameplay brings imbalance to an almost perfect game. Regardless, there’s still plenty of old-style Risk here. Travis and I could easily waste a weekend on this game: Probably not a good thing for our girlfriends.
In a world where the quality of a game seems to be rated upon it's polygon count and number of cheat codes, Risk II is a reminder of what really makes a game great. The deceptively simple rules will suck you in. For those of you who've never played it, check it out; for those of you who have forgotten, it's time to come back.