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Military Madness is a futuristic turn-based strategy war game. The year is 2089 and the setting is Earth’s moon, which yields many important resources. While the governments of Earth bicker over their staked claims on the moon, the evil Axis Empire launches a lunar military campaign and takes over the moon, using its factories to produce advanced weaponry, the most devastating of which is the SAM (Supreme Atomic Missile). As commander of the Allied forces, it is the player’s responsibility to lead what’s left of the Allied armies in a desperate offensive against the Axis Empire on the lunar surface before they can use the SAM to destroy Earth.

There are 32 maps (2 different campaigns with 16 maps each) to play through. In each map, the player must strategically defeat the outnumbering Axis forces either by destroying all enemy units or capturing the enemy base camp. There are many different units that both sides utilize - infantry, tanks, aircraft, artillery, and a few others that have specialized functions. Gameplay consists of moving units into positions that will gain the best advantage to attack the enemy, capitalizing on many factors, which include battle experience, terrain, support tactics, and - sometimes - pure luck.


Military Madness TurboGrafx-16 Bison tank's stats
Military Madness Sharp X68000 Map 1, notice the different frame around the game map compared to the original release
Military Madness TurboGrafx-16 Title screen
Military Madness Sharp X68000 On April 6, 2089, the Guicy Empire's army launches an all out attack and captures most of the moon

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Alternate Titles

  • "Nectaris" -- Japanese title
  • "ネクタリス" -- Japanese spelling

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The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 May 12, 2013 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 2002 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 1989 9.67 out of 12 81
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Dec 15, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Life Wii Dec 19, 2006 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 Wii Jan 23, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Sep, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 31 out of 40 78
GameSpot Wii Mar 02, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN Wii Feb 14, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75


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