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Although it bears the full title of Avalon Hill's Squad Leader, this game is actually the descendant of Soldiers at War and Wages of War: The Business of Battle, Random Games' previous attempts at turn-based, isometric, X-Com like squad games.

Through three campaigns of ten scripted missions each (mixed with optional random missions), you will lead your squad of American, British or German troops through the battles of 1944-45. Each of your soldiers is individually rated and has a unique biography (although they don't have the personality of a Jagged Alliance merc) and their morale and skills are affected with each battle (and occasionally the random occurrence between battles, such as a girlfriend writing to say she's leaving one of your grunts for another man). As your team progresses, the survivors will become a tight-knit group of skilled veterans, able to withstand the increasing dangers.

Teams consist of a number of rifle squads, along with some heavy weapon squads and specialists, such as the squad leader, sergeant, medic, sniper, and combat engineer. In addition, your squads will gain support from both artillery and the occasional vehicle. They'll march through sniper infested towns, wade onto dangerous beachheads, and fight over the very tools they need to emerge victorious. A vast array of WWII weaponry (both real and 'Hollywood') is available to your men and you'll find nearly every piece coming in handy.

The game features a random mission generator to elongate the lifespan, but can only be played single player.


Avalon Hill's Squad Leader Windows Trial by fire. Your rookie American squad first earns respect trying to make a beachhead at Normandy.
Avalon Hill's Squad Leader Windows Picking your squad. You're displayed the soldier's stats, but don't forget the bio, which could affect the way he reacts to battle.
Avalon Hill's Squad Leader Windows Air mail. Early on, your British paratroopers will have to fight over the very supplies that were dropped in with them.
Avalon Hill's Squad Leader Windows Panzer protected. Nothing feels better than support from tanks and other vehicles.

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Avalon Hill's Squad Leader Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Squad Leader" -- German Title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpy Nov 16, 2000 68 out of 100 68
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2000 63 out of 100 63
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 6.25 out of 10 62
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan 31, 2001 58 out of 100 58
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 2000 41 out of 100 41
PC Action (Germany) Dec, 2000 41 out of 100 41
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 31 out of 100 31
Gamekult Jan 23, 2001 3 out of 10 30
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 29, 2000 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2001 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Ray Soderlund (3576) added Avalon Hill's Squad Leader (Windows) on Oct 31, 2000