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SummaryA failed attempt to port a great board game to the PC.
The GoodThe subject matter (the rise and fall of historical empires) is inherently fascinating, and the underlying game design (taken directly from the board game) is solid and unique, with lots of interesting choices for the player to make. Simple and clean graphics, and some good battle sounds as well. Nice packaging and documentation.
The BadTerrible Windows 3.11-type, multiple-windowed interface. AVI video clips are faded and "washed-out" looking--highly unimpressive. HOTW would have been a great multiplayer game online, but it only had PBEM support. As a single-player game, it lacks the dynamic interaction/cutthroat negotiation element that makes the board game fun to play against humans. Some form of in-game diplomacy system might have helped, though.