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Theatre Europe

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Amstrad CPC
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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 Atari 8-bit You can always press the button
Theatre Europe Atari 8-bit I should have expected retalitation
Theatre Europe Commodore 64 Chemical strike shown on map
Theatre Europe Atari 8-bit NATO rebuild phase

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The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1985 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 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) Atari 8-bit Jun, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
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


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The manual includes a section which combines moralism, disclaiming and fear:

"Whilst the producers of Theatre Europe have taken every care in researching this program to ensure the accuracy of details, we must stress that the events depicted in this conflict simulation are entirely fictitious. They must never be allowed to happen; the danger is that they might!"
Contributed to by Christian Klein (5775), Kabushi (131768) and Martin Smith (63058)