Empire: Wargame of the Century

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    Empire: Wargame of the Century
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    Empire is a classic turn-based strategy game, originally developed by Walter Bright and released in 1977 for the then-popular PDP-10 Mainframe computer. There are ports for several other contemporary systems.

    Empire was a huge inspiration for the turn-based strategy genre. Later games, such as Sid Meier’s Civilization (1991), show a strong resemblance to some of Empire’s core gameplay elements.

    Walter maintains a website about Empire and offers the source code of various versions of “Classic Empire”: http://www.classicempire.com/

    HOWEVER! The version I would propose we cover in DOS Game Club is the 1987 commercial release by Interstel.

    This is the version I played a lot when I was young. It features EGA graphics and PC Speaker audio, but it also has mouse support (which is not that common for games of that era).

    Because of the mouse-based UI, this version of the game is a bit more accessible than the original keyboard-controlled versions. But essentially the game remains the same: you start with a single starting city, which has the ability to produce military units. Produced units can move across the map, which is explored as you go along. The units can attack opposing units and take over other cities. The goal is to crush the other players and become an empire spanning the entire globe.

    I enjoyed playing this game as a kid and I wonder how it holds up now. I also feel it’s an interesting game to review, because of its historic significance.

    Tijn
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    Here’s a screenshot of the game, in this case showing a city production screen, with in the background the map on which the game is played.

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