Academic journal article Military Review

Squad Leader

Academic journal article Military Review

Squad Leader

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SQUAD LEADER, Microprose, Hasbro Interactive, Avalon Hill, 2000, $39.95. (System Requirements: Pentium II 233 MHz or higher, 32MB RAM, 300MB Hard Disk Space, 4X Speed CD ROM, 2MB Win 95/98 compatible SVGA video card, Win 95/98 compatible sound card, and Direct X, v.7.)

In 1977 the Avalon Hill Game Company released Squad Leader and overnight ushered in the golden age of board wargaming. Since the advent of computer gaming, many designers have considered producing Squad Leader, and many players have looked forward to it. Microprose, a well-known name in computer gaming, took up the challenge and produced a slick-looking game of the same title. Unfortunately, that is where the similarity ends.

Squad Leader is a turn-based, individual soldier game that misses the mark on all levels, from its flat, lifeless graphics to the soldiers' cheesy screams and shouts. Game play is hampered by an outdated and cumbersome square grid system to control movement-that is, if the player can find all of his soldiers. …

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