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Third World War is a "hypothetical/what if" wargame with a twist. Set sometime in the late 20th century, when conflicts all over the world have erupted, and world peace is but a thing of the past.

As the leader of one of 16 nations, your ultimate goal is none other than world domination. To accomplish this you have a multitude of options ranging from raw military might, diplomacy, foreign or domestic investment policy, aiding terrorists or revolutionaries, to media manipulation. In other words, it's just like the real world.

The game offers 5 distinct scenarios, all of which require different strategies to win.


Third World War SEGA CD Selecting which country to play
Third World War SEGA CD Firing at the Canadian forces
Third World War SEGA CD Title screen
Third World War SEGA CD battle options

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Third World War" -- In-game title
  • "The IIIrd World War" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Megablast Jun, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Game Players May, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Consoles Plus May, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Apr, 1994 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) Jun, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment May, 1994 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1994 5.8 out of 10 58
Entertainment Weekly Apr 22, 1994 C 50


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Zeikman (3462) added Third World War (SEGA CD) on Dec 18, 2008