The time for resurrecting historical events has come. Panzer General was one of the first games (if not the first) that actually gave you the ability to play for the Nazis, and yet succeed where Hitler failed. Having total and complete control over land, sea and air units, you must defeat the Allied dogs as fast as you can (to get a major victory), or slower than in history (to get the minor victory).
The game's quality lies in the quantity of units. There are basically hundreds of Axis and Allied units from World War II, accompanied with "circled" animations and battle sounds, as well as marching or moving sounds. The Main menu is always located on the right side of the screen, with plenty of options and selections you can change to suit your preferences.
A turn-based hexagon strategy game that will actually go faster if you have faster computer, but will always be playable (speed doesn't go up infinite). The first and original Panzer General, this installment would be followed by sequels and many other games in the series using the "General" name.
Panzer General, the first of SSI's General games, was a truly fantastic game when it came out in 1994. It combined hard-core strategy games with lighter, but unrealistic ones, creating a mix of them which was perfect for both veterans and beginners. The game became light, but realistic with a graphical interface which was good enough for the casual gamer. The irony is that it brought almost nothing really new to the world of round played strategies, but it was so well made and became so famous, that if someone mentions the genre, most people will answer Panzer General.
As the name says, it is set in WWII, and lets you command huge battles as a general. When you start, you will have the option to either play campaigns or individual missions. I would strongly recommend you to play though the campaign mode of the game, which is better than playing solo scenarios. This way you will have to fight your way through different maps, where the goal will be to conquer strategic locations (cities, airfields or other important objects) in a fixed amount of rounds. There are 3 types of outcome for each mission: 2 types of victories, major (if finished in fewer rounds) and minor, (these are also present in the individual missions, but have little importance there) and the defeat. If you win a mission with major victory, you will jump over some hard missions, get an easier mission or get one you would not otherwise, since the mission tree is quite complex. Even if you are defeated, you can play on, but it will be harder and harder to turn the war. The other nice aspect of the campaign is, that you can carry some of your units with you to the next mission, which enables you to create the optimal battle group.
The sounds and music are quite good and the graphics are a bit functional compared to the other games of the genre. The backgrounds are hand drawn and the units are animated. The user interface is similar to the ones in later parts of the series, and is efficient and easy to use.
So, if you like strategy games, but are a bit afraid of those hard-core looking ones, try it and you will be overwhelmed by this easy to play but very complex and very realistic game. But be warned, the game will take a long time to beat.
Part of the 5-Star Series
Panzer General is the original in a series of turn-based strategy war games developed by SSI. It predated Fantasy General by a single year, though both games are based on the same mechanics.
Panzer general is based in World War II, and you command at first, a small army which you must build up via successful missions. When you purchase units, keep in mind that you need a well-balanced army or the missions can give you a headache. As well, you keep your units throughout the missions and they gain experience. Keep in mind that more experienced units are generally more "valuable" than higher grade units without experience. Experience gives them more offensive/ defensive capabilities.
Like real war, the results ripple throughout your campaign. If you lose a mission you can keep playing but the game gets harder and harder -simulating real war. As well the entire campaign can branch into different directions depending on how you play the game. Some of the outcomes are quite fictitious while others can parallel history. Movement is based on a hex-map, with terrain factoring into the movement range of your troops.
This game features different unit types from fighters, bombers, infantry, tanks, and artillery. With each unit type/ grade having different stats associated with them.
A series of 38 scenarios link campaign mode together (playable by: Allies or Axis) that stretches between 1935-1945. As Germany there are five starting points:
1939 - Poland - Takes you west through Europe and into Britain
1941 - North Africa - Leads you to the Middle East
1941 - Barbossa - From Russian border into Moscow
1943 - Husky - Landing on Sicily to the end of the war
1943 - Kharkov - One of the last German major offensives to the end of the war.
The graphics are exquisite, yet hand drawn. While the play styles are no different than the later parts of the series, or it's other SSI counterparts. User interface is easy to pick up on. Game mechanics are picked up easily. In 1995 it won an award by Origin for "Best Military or Strategy Game".
Game also has several sequels: Allied General / Pacific General / Panzer General II / People's General / Panzer General III: Scorched Earth
One of the best WW II games from SSI. In this game you even can choose to play as the Nazis. The gamefield consist of smaller hexagon-pieces (like Settlers of Catan) on which you can move you infantry, ships, tank, missile installations, etc. Gameplay has been made easy because of use of the mouse.
People who downloaded Panzer General have also downloaded:
Panzer General 2, Allied General, Pacific General, Panzer General for Windows 95, People's General (a.k.a. Dynasty General), Fantasy General, Civil War Generals 2, Panzer General 3: Scorched Earth
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