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The time for resurrecting historical events has come. Panzer General was one of the first games (if not the first) that actually gave you the ability to play for the Nazis, and yet succeed where Hitler failed. Having total and complete control over land, sea and air units, you must defeat the Allied dogs as fast as you can (to get a major victory), or slower than in history (to get the minor victory).

The game's quality lies in the quantity of units. There are basically hundreds of Axis and Allied units from World War II, accompanied with "circled" animations and battle sounds, as well as marching or moving sounds. The Main menu is always located on the right side of the screen, with plenty of options and selections you can change to suit your preferences.

A turn-based hexagon strategy game that will actually go faster if you have faster computer, but will always be playable (speed doesn't go up infinite). The first and original Panzer General, this installment would be followed by sequels and many other games in the series using the "General" name.


Panzer General DOS German pillboxes tearing apart defenseless transport vessels.
Panzer General DOS German wehrmacht infantry attacking polish cavalry.
Panzer General DOS Allied heavy cruisers taming german strongpoints.
Panzer General DOS German panzer tanks in flames, but soviet vehicles doesn't stand a chance.

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User Reviews

The first truely strategic wargame, and lots of fun to boot! Maury Markowitz (248) unrated
Bring on the Flak 88's, PzKw IV H's, PzKw VI Tiger's and Me262's Thekwane Black (34) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Though more a "strategy" than "wargame" title, the game that brought wargames back from the brink weregamer (169) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
MikroBitti Jan, 1995 93 out of 100 93
PC Gamer Feb, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Coming Soon Magazine Dec, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Just Games Retro Mar 02, 2015 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Nov, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Score Jan, 1995 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Jan, 1995 84 out of 100 84
CD Player 1996 8 out of 10 80


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According to SSI designer Chuck Kroegel, the Japanese strategy series Daisenryaku was the primary inspiration for the non-traditional wargame design of Panzer General. Says Kroegel: "I can honestly say that if we hadn't played Daisen Raiku (sic), Panzer General would never have happened, period." [Retro Gamer magazine, Load 43]


On June 29, 1996, the DOS version of Panzer General was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. This only applies to the original version, which had a problem with the manual; re-releases with a modified manual and the other platform releases are not effected.

For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1995 (Issue #130) – Wargame of the Year
    • May 1995 (Issue #130) – Best Voice-Over Acting (for Barry Lank's performance as commanding officer)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #15 in 150 Best Games of All Time" list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #8 Best Way To Die In Computer Gaming (getting shot after failing a mission)
    • September 1997 (Issue #157) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #46 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2005 issue - #42 in the 50 Best Games of All Time list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Strategy Game in 1994
Information also contributed by Andrew Grasmeder and Xoleras.

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MAT (186875) added Panzer General (DOS) on Mar 10, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209748), Terok Nor (26757), MAT (186875), Mullet of Death (653) and Jeanne (76516)