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The time is the late 20th century. You and a neighboring country have developed a nuclear capability. Your neighbor's sole objective is to utterly annihilate you. As the tension mounts while you are conducting espionage, building bombers, missiles, submarines and anti ballistic missiles either you or your neighbor launch a pre-emptive first strike.The nuclear destruction continues until either all weapons are expended or a truce is negotiated. Victory is determined by population remaining and world political opinion which is usually against the side that started the war. If both sides lose enough people neither will win.


Nukewar VIC-20 Cities destroyed and a tie declared. A strange game, perhaps the only winning move is not to play?
Nukewar VIC-20 This time peace lasts until 1980, allowing for much larger weapons and defense build up.
Nukewar VIC-20 Enemy ICBMs are inbound!
Nukewar VIC-20 The USA calls to negotiate.

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Alternate Titles

  • "核戦争" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Nuclear War" -- North Star BASIC title
  • "Kakusensō" -- Japanese title

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  • Charles S. Roberts Award
    • 1980 - Nominee as "Best Computer Game"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #135 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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