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Empire Deluxe (Windows 3.x)

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Description

An updated version of White Wolf's earlier Empire game, which was based on a wargame dating back to early mainframe days. One to six players (human or computer with three levels of intelligence) compete to conquer the world using their ground, air, and sea units.

There are three versions of the game available: basic, standard, and advanced. The basic game provides the minimal types of units, a completely viewable map, and basic production rules. The standard game adds some new units, forces you to explore the map to view it, and slightly modifies the production rules. Finally, the advanced game (for the true wargamer) adds even more types of units, terrain effects on movement and sighting, and slightly more complicated production rules.

In addition to playing one or more people around the same computer, you could play via mail (by posting disks back and forth), e-mail, modem, network, or direct serial link.

The game also came with some preset scenarios and maps for players to use. Additionally, there was an editor that let players create their own maps and scenarios.

Copy protection was a compromise between security and player convenience. Rather than looking up a word in the manual every time the game was run, this was only required when running the separate executable that set game options. (Screen resolution, sound options, etc.) Naturally, you always had to run it before playing the first time.

White Wolf and New World Computing also released a scenario disk for the game and later released the Windows version with the extra scenarios on CD-ROM.

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Empire Deluxe Windows 3.x Each city you control can produce various things.
Empire Deluxe Windows 3.x You can view the whole map...
Empire Deluxe Windows 3.x Set up a game.
Empire Deluxe Windows 3.x The status report provides an overview.

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User Reviews

The Classic War-game gets a wonderful conversion Simon Haller (17) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A fine example of a classic wargame.... Chris Martin (1112) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1993 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

Extras

Empire Deluxe was packaged with a notepad featuring New World Computing's emblem (a sword through the Earth) and contact information. Also included was an order form for the original Empire, renamed Empire Classic.

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PCGamer77 (3028) added Empire Deluxe (Windows 3.x) on Feb 10, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Lee Seitz (645)