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The objective is the same as in the original Balance of Power: use your military, covert, and industrial forces to make your country the most prestigious in the world while avoiding nuclear war. However, it is now 1989, and the Communist Block is crumbling...

Chris Crawford, who rarely ever made a sequel to a computer game, was besieged by mails asking him to update his classic from a few years before to reflect the new state of the world. Russia was falling, the Iron Curtain was shattering, and smaller countries were beginning to assert their own regional power with more freedom from the bipolar world of the Cold War.

The result was the 1990 Edition. This game featured an updated database, but the most significant new features were:
  1. The multipolar level, where small countries could go to war with their neighbors on their own. Of course, you could help them out (or encourage them!) by sending in military aid.

  2. 18 more countries, bringing the total to 80.

  3. A "Crisis Advisory Board" of four people, who would give you advice during international crises. The nice thing about being a Superpower is that the little countries do whatever you tell them, but you still have to watch out for your main rivals (USSR or the US)!


Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Apple IIgs News Cycle
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Apple IIgs Title Screen
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Atari ST [High Resolution] Diplomatic relationships
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Atari ST About to aid Insurgents in Nicaragua

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User Reviews

A Cold-War Diplomatic Simulator Windows 3.x Jim Newland (60)
The ultimate simulation of the Cold War Windows 3.x Mr Creosote (347)
the only game of foreign policy Windows 3.x lucian (40)

Critic Reviews

Amiga User International Amiga May, 1989 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1989 960 out of 1000 96
Info Amiga Nov, 1989 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Windows 3.x 1990 88 out of 100 88
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Amiga Feb 05, 2022 4 out of 6 67
Your Amiga Amiga Jun, 1989 62 out of 100 62
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Aug, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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The game was included as a free game on the coverdisk of issue 24 (May 1991) of Amiga Format, the UK's biggest Amiga magazine (at one point it's biggest computer magazine). The magazine also included Interphase, Vaxine and Archipelagos at different times.

The practice of cover-mounting older games was common in the UK for several years, but in mid-1991 it was banned for 16-bit systems, and restricted to 2 ex-commercial games per issue for 8-bit systems (such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair Spectrum)


Chris Crawford in the Acknowledgements section:
I conceived, designed, programmed, developed, and tested this game. Yet, no such project is truly single-handed; every designer owes a debt of gratitude to a large number of people who lent him their advice, their assistance, and their sympathy.
He credits his wife, Kathy, for consulting him about all "big decisions" (he mentions helping with the images and posing for the pic of an anti-nuke protester).


This game came on an unprecedented twelve floppy disks!


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #70 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
Information also contributed Martin Smith

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