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Let’s play global thermonuclear war.

MAD is a real time strategy game depicting a future battle between two superpower alliances. Each side is attempting to eliminate the other’s cities with nuclear missiles and defend their own with orbiting weapons platforms.

A player starts with a number of ground territories and loses when the last one is destroyed (there’s no expansion). Each territory provides money and uranium to build weapons and can be home to a spaceport and a nuclear missile silo. In space, players build orbiting stations with science labs that allow technology advancements and anti-missile weapons that can protect the territories beneath them. Missiles are fired at the enemy with a semi-arcade control system that requires quick reflexes to be accurate.

There are ten single player scenarios (which are really just different starting conditions) and an option for 1 on 1 modem or internet battles.


MAD: Global Thermonuclear War Windows ... losing them all is a problem.
MAD: Global Thermonuclear War Windows ... victory!  Now, the living can envy the dead.
MAD: Global Thermonuclear War Windows There are five different types of missiles to develop.
MAD: Global Thermonuclear War Windows The MAD splash page.

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Alternate Titles

  • "MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction" -- Global Star Re-release Title

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GameGenie 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Feb 16, 2001 5.7 out of 10 57
Absolute Games ( Feb 06, 2001 55 out of 100 55


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ClydeFrog (10041) added MAD: Global Thermonuclear War (Windows) on Apr 03, 2005