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This game covers the first 30 days of what was then feared to be the next war in Europe. You can choose to be the supreme commander of the NATO or the Warsaw Pact. In your control are air and ground units. These are backed up by your ability to make strategic nuclear/chemical attacks.

As the Warsaw Pact commander your task is to break the lines of the NATO alliance, which you see is a powerful invasion force, poised on your border. Your first task is to take over West Germany.

As NATO commander your task is to stop the Russian invasion. Hold the lines on West Germany's border. You will achieve this by preventing the occupation of West Germany.

Your computer opponent can play in three different ways. Nuclear weapons can be disabled for a Beginner game, while the thought processes can be either rational or unpredictable.

Gameplay is turn-based and primarily strategic, but some scenes can be played out in optional action sequences.


Theatre Europe ZX Spectrum Rebuilding what's damaged is a key element of any war
Theatre Europe Commodore 64 London is the target of a soviet nuclear strike
Theatre Europe Atari 8-bit No! Not Paris!
Theatre Europe Amstrad CPC This is not good.

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Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1985 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Apr, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 16 out of 20 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Jun, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Aug, 1987 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Aug, 1987 Unscored Unscored


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Theatre Europe was voted Strategy Game of the Year by several different magazines - Computer & Video Games (multi-format), Zzap (C64), Crash (Spectrum) and Amtix (Amstrad).


The game was criticised as being in bad taste by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and The Sun newspaper in the UK. High Street retail chains Boots and John Menzies refused to stock the game.
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