Nuclear War (1989)

Nuclear War

Nuclear War is a turn-based strategy game developed by New World Computing in 1989. It pits players against four opposing countries/factions with a satirical take on nuclear war themes. Many world leaders of the time were satirised and the game is known for its sense of humour in addition to strategic game-play.

Nuclear War Gameplay

In terms of actual game-play, Nuclear War is similar to other games of the genre. Players can use bombs, missiles and propaganda against other players in an attempt to win and defeat them. As such, unit management and collection is involved in the game-play.

The player traditionally plays against four AI opponents, although the MS DOS version allowed for an additional player. Random events could also occur, which could ruin tactics and unbalance the current state of the game. Likewise, any player that lost would immediately fire all of their stockpiled weapons. As such, there was no game without a winner.

Game Reviews

As it came out in 1989, not many critical reviews are available. What is available, however, shows great responses at the time of launch. Moby Games give Nuclear War 3.5 out of 5 for the Amiga version, and 3.7 out of 5 for the DOS version.

CU Amiga were favourable of the game, giving it 88 out of 100 upon release, for the Amiga version. Dragon were similarly favourable, giving it 4 and a half stars out of 5 when reviewing the DOS version of Nuclear War.

Amiga Format had mixed opinions about the game and gave it a score equivalent to 51 out of 100 in 1990.  Amiga were even less favourable, giving Nuclear War 38 out of 100 in the same year. Even lower than this was Zzap!, giving it 30 out of 100. Finally, Amiga Power gave Nuclear War one star out of five. It should be noted, however, that all these reviewed the less favourable Amiga version of the game.