Typhoon of Steel is a tactical level simulation of small unit actions during WWII. It is a sequel to the best selling Panzer Strike and the rules are very similar. Three theaters are covered: the Pacific Theater (Americans vs Japanese), the Asian Theater (British vs Japanese) and European Theater action involving American vs German troops.
Typhoon of Steel includes practically every ground weapon used by the combatants in this theater (over 220 weapon types). Units consist of infantry squads or single guns and tanks. You can choose to simulate either single battles or entire campaigns spanning several years. In the single battles you can play against another person but in campaigns you play against the computer.
The ultimate objective of the campaign games is to fight and win as many battles as possible before the war ends. If you suffer heavy losses during one battle it will take a long time to replace and upgrade your forces before you can fight the next battle. Single scenarios can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours with campaigns lasting up to 30 hours. Like Panzer Strike, the gameplay is considered to be advanced level.
I can't say I'm a huge fan of these war game strategy games even when I'm a huge Strategic Simulations Inc. fan. With these kind of strategy games the interface is simply too tough to use for a longer time and even tough a game with poor EGA graphics shouldn't be bad just because of this it quickly adds up and only hardcore strategy fans will find any fun in this game.
The game covers various continents like Europe and Asia and you can also create and edit the different scenarios (I have always admired this in SSI's strategy classics). Even though the game is hard to control for new players and the map you se when you play could be much more detailed the strategic part of the game is great and you can sit in front of your computer and consider every move. And that is needed in order to beat the computer.
Can't say that is one of my favourites and even for hardcore strategy fans this game must be a bit disappointing so unless you are looking to create your own scenario there isn't much new in this game but at least it covers new areas compared to the earlier SSI war games that had been made.
"The sequel to Panzer Strike, this covered the remaining theaters of World War II (Pacific, Asia, etc.); similar to its predecessor with all of its strengths and weaknesses... A tactical simulation of World War II small unit actions in the West and East Fronts. It was very detailed, but the lack of a battlefield panoramic view often allowed one to lose track of objectives, and it could take hours to complete a "thirty minute" assault. Some of the scenarios were "edited" for playability (thereby damaging historicity), but overall, while most wargamers seemed to enjoy it in its time, I simply found it tedious. "
People who downloaded Typhoon of Steel have also downloaded:
Steel Panthers, V for Victory, Steel Panthers 2: Modern Battles, Steel Panthers 3: Brigade Command (1939-1999), V for Victory: Gold Juno Sword, Tigers in the Snow, World at War Series (a.k.a. Operation Crusader, Stalingrad, D-Day: America Invades), TacOps
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