Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 72 / MAY 1986 / PAGE 120

News & Products

Geopolitical Simulation For IBM
Mindscape has announced that its highly-acclaimed Balance of Power, previously available only for the Macintosh, will be available in IBM format this June.
    Written by noted software designer Chris Crawford, this one-or two-player strategy game allows players to assume the role of either the President of the United States or the General Secretary of the Soviet Union for a fictional eightyear period. Each leader must work to enhance his or her country's prestige, yet avoid nuclear war. They can support friendly governments, move against unfriendly governments, and try to foil the same efforts of the opposing superpower.
    Balance of Power's vast database of information on the 62 nations represented in the game helps players make their strategic decisions. Players can learn about a country's political stability, GNP, literacy rate, and financial assistance to and from other nations. As players develop strategies, all data must be considered in light of international events presented as news items. The scenario is constantly changing.
    With Microsoft Windows as the user interface, the IBM version creates a gameplay environment virtually identi cal to that of the Macintosh computer.
    The IBM version of Balance of Power is $49.95.
    Mindscape, Inc., 3444 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062.
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