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The original version of Balance of Power was innovative and imaginative with an unprecedented depth (and width!) of gameplay. The latest "1990 Edition" exhibits a thoughtful fine-tuning of the original. Each improvement contributes to the game resulting in a mature product which nobody can afford to be without. One thing is for sure. We have not heard the last of Chris Crawford.
There are no sound effects at all, so world domination is carried out in complete silence, and the many screens support only six colours at most. However each screen is clear and does the job it was intended for well. Constant disk access slows things up slightly but this is a small price to pay. A mammoth simulation, thought-provoking and totally absorbing.
Commodore User (May, 1989)
When it first appeared BOP proved to be the most comprehensive, absorbing strategy game ever to appear. And now comes the most comprehensive version yet.
Zzap! (Jul, 1989)
The original Balance Of Power is widely recognised as one of the most ambitious games ever released, representing over 60 real countries in a tense, present-day power struggle between Russia and the United States. The 1990 Edition increases the number of countries to 80, updates the world situation and introduces a 'Multipolar' level, where smaller countries act less like superpower puppets and are free to start wars amongst themselves.
Balance of Power isn't a game to show what both 16-bit machines can do when it comes to presentation. The use of colour is strictly functional and the no sound effects rule is odd at first but entirely logical. If you enjoy strategy there's nothing else which comes close. This is the ultimate strategy game.
Die Grafik ist dem Thema angemessen (also aktenmäßig trocken), auf Sound wurde völlig verzichtet. Balance of Power bietet ein derart umfangreiches Betätigungsfeld, daß man immer wieder darüber staunt, wie es dem Autor gelungen ist, die vielen Informationen zu recherchieren und in das Spiel einzuarbeiten. Das fast 100 Seiten starke englische Handbuch enthält unter anderem auch einige interessante Erläuterungen zu den Grundlagen und der Methode dieser außergewöhnlichen Simulation. Prädikat: Besonders wertvoll, wegen der ungemeinen Komplexität allerdings vorwiegend für reifere User geeignet.
Amiga Computing (Aug, 1989)
I cannot stop playing Balance of Power. What started as a few decisions about whether to drop troops or dollars somewhere has escalated to form a habit. The further I get, the more I want to do.
The One (May, 1989)
Balance Of Power: The 1990 Edition is hard to fault in terms of design, presentation and execution. Even the 98-page manual makes fascinating reading. An outstanding piece of strategy gaming - especially in two-player mode (even without a modem option). Worthwhile even for those who own the original.
Although the scenario is anchored in the world politics of the 1980s, Balance of Power's gameplay should still satisfy megalomaniacs who are better causing global-thermonuclear war on their Amiga than anywhere else. The functional graphics provide a stark, newspaper feel to the proceedings and may serve better than a more brightly coloured look.
Fazit: BALANCE OF POWER/THE 1990 EDITION ist eine Verbesserung im Vergleich zum Vorgänger von 75% und konnte voll überzeugen. Ein rund 100 Seiten starkes (leider bislang nur in englisch geschriebenes) Handbuch erklärt das Programm sehr ausführlich und läßt keine Frage offen. Allen Strategiefreunden kann ich dieses Spiel nur wärmstens empfehlen!
Amiga Joker (Jan, 1995)
Derartige „Pokerpartien“ kann man natürlich durch Nörgeleien an der Politik des menschlichen bzw. digitalen Gegenübers auch selbst in Gang setzen, erwähnenswert wären weiterhin noch die umfassenden Statistiken zu jedem beliebigen Land und das problemlose Handling via Maus und Pulldown-Menüs. Den absoluten Null-Sound nimmt man bei diesem besonderen Programm durchaus billigend in Kauf, und mit der megakargen Optik war auch damals schon kein Blumentopf zu gewinnen. In puncto Tiefgang reicht es aber wie gesagt auch heute noch für ein ganzes Blumenbeet!
Your Amiga (Jun, 1989)
Balance of Power: 1990 takes the strategy game to new heights. If you want a game that is going to entertain, infuriate, challenge and inform, and that you can sill come back to in six months time then BOP: 1990 is the one. It doesn't get any better than this.