Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 86 / JULY 1987 / PAGE 118

New Simulations From SSI

SSI is now distributing Phantasie III: The Wrath of Nikademus, the final confrontation between a band of adventurers and the dark Lord Nikademus with his army of vile beasts and creatures.

The sequel boasts improved features such as a detailed method of handling wounds that determines location and extent of injuries; more strategy and combat options, such as the ability to move each character to different positions in the party; enhanced graphics with all new character and monster displays; more potent magic spells; and increased playing speed while traveling across the wilderness or into dungeons. Players can also reuse favorite characters from previous Phantasie games.

Phantasie III is a multiple-character role-playing game wherein players assemble a party of up to six adventurers. Players can create a wizard elf, a fighter dwarf, or combine in other ways the eight races and six classes of characters which include humans, elves, dwarves, thieves, warriors, and wizards. The characters use spells and weapons to invade difficult terrain, escape dungeons, destroy demons, and confront and finally destroy the evil power of Nikademus, the Dark Lord. Over 36 types of monsters are fought by players in their quest which takes them through a myriad of dungeons. Suggested retail price is $39.95.

SSI has also begun shipping its newest Civil War simulation, Rebel Charge at Chickamauga, for the Commodore 64, Apple II, and Atari eight-bit computers. It uses a refined version of the game system used in Gettysburg: The Turning Point. All units are now brigade size and may be broken down into smaller units, then built up. Command Control may be altered by the player(s), and each turn now represents two hours rather than one. The entire battle is recreated in 13 turns. Both strategic and tactical screen displays are available; the larger strategic display shows 40 squares by 20 squares of the battlefield, while the tactical display enables the players to zoom in for a more detailed view. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced versions of the game are included. Both the Union and Confederate sides may be managed by human players, or you can choose the computer as opponent. Suggested retail price is $49.95.

Strategic Simulations, 1046 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043

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