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This game covers the first 30 days of what was then feared to be the next war in Europe. You can choose to be the supreme commander of the NATO or the Warsaw Pact. In your control are air and ground units. These are backed up by your ability to make strategic nuclear/chemical attacks.

As the Warsaw Pact commander your task is to break the lines of the NATO alliance, which you see is a powerful invasion force, poised on your border. Your first task is to take over West Germany.

As NATO commander your task is to stop the Russian invasion. Hold the lines on West Germany's border. You will achieve this by preventing the occupation of West Germany.

Your computer opponent can play in three different ways. Nuclear weapons can be disabled for a Beginner game, while the thought processes can be either rational or unpredictable.

Gameplay is turn-based and primarily strategic, but some scenes can be played out in optional action sequences.


Theatre Europe ZX Spectrum The Warsaw Pact forces move into western Germany
Theatre Europe ZX Spectrum Another movement phase
Theatre Europe ZX Spectrum So everyone gets an Eiffel of dust
Theatre Europe ZX Spectrum Rebuilding what's damaged is a key element of any war

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
Crash! Jul, 1986 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gamer Aug, 1986 16 out of 20 80


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Theatre Europe was voted Strategy Game of the Year by several different magazines - Computer & Video Games (multi-format), Zzap (C64), Crash (Spectrum) and Amtix (Amstrad).


The game was criticised as being in bad taste by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and The Sun newspaper in the UK. High Street retail chains Boots and John Menzies refused to stock the game.
Martin Smith (66852) added Theatre Europe (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 24, 2006
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