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Panzer General

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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 Main Title
Panzer General DOS German heavy bombers leveling allied artillery.
Panzer General DOS German rocket trucks demoralizing soviet tanks.
Panzer General Windows The Windows version is handled through the windowses, not using any DirectX or such.

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User Reviews

The first truely strategic wargame, and lots of fun to boot! DOS Maury Markowitz (231)
Bring on the Flak 88's, PzKw IV H's, PzKw VI Tiger's and Me262's DOS Thekwane Black (34)
Though more a "strategy" than "wargame" title, the game that brought wargames back from the brink DOS weregamer (157)
Playstation's hidden Jewel. PlayStation wade hampton (9)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
MikroBitti DOS Jan, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Game Players 3DO Nov, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Power Play DOS Nov, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Video Games 3DO Aug, 1995 84 out of 100 84
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 81 out of 100 81
High Score Macintosh Aug, 1996 4 out of 5 80
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 29, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
GamePro (US) 3DO Dec, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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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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