Parker Brothers' classic board game of world conquest makes its official Amiga debut with four play options and three difficulty settings. Up to six players, computer or human, alternate turns acquiring and defending 42 territories spread across six continents. The object is simple: eliminate all opponents by occupying every territory on the global map. Both long and short games are supported with a choice of U.S. or U.K. rules. Long games are structured similarly to the board game, while short games involve completing secret missions (U.K.) or conquering a rival's headquarters (U.S.). Missions and headquarters assignments are randomly dealt to players before the game begins. The first to accomplish the objective(s) is declared the winner.
Risk, is a challenging strategy game in which up to six players have to fight each other to take over countries of the world and complete their set missions. Missions range from"'Conquer twenty countries of your choice" to "Defeat your opponents and conquer the world". Gripping stuff.
The release box for the Commodore 64 version stated that ST and Amiga versions were not planned, so aren't we lucky? The verdict box said: "The wrap-round world scrolls frustratingly slowly, and the dice rolling sequence would have benefited from being more rapid." It's been a while coming to the 16-bits and this advice appears to have been taken into account!
You can look around the map of the world by using the mouse, although scrolling the map takes a little bit of practice it is actually quite speedy - much better than 'frustratingly slow'. The dice rolling sequence can be set now, to either manual or automatic and is much faster than that on the C64 game.
Graphically these versions are no big deal, the C64 version made good use of that machine's graphics potential whereas the Amiga version does not. As with the other versions the game doesn't have any music or sound effects, but neither did the board game!
It's nice to see that a software house has improved the poorer parts of the game as it was converted from machine to machine. A pleasant change.
Computer version of the Risk strategy game. The rules of the game are basically the same as the board game: distribute your forces on your territories and attack the enemy.
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