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War Zone
By Cases Computer Simulations
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #90

War Zone is a strategy game in which you must use your tanks, infantry and artillery to defeat the computer's forces. The battlefield is a 30 x 30 area, displayed in nine sectors.

There are four kinds of terrain - plainland; roads, which allow faster movement; hills, which decrease movement but increase firing range; and woodland which also slows you down but protects you from enemy fire.

The terrain is different for each game.

Each turn you may move or fire some, or all, of your pieces - but beware of the enemy returning your fire. To end the turn you may make one air attack on any square.

Only sectors which contain your pieces can be displayed - this allows ambushes and troop movements to go undetected.

You can select the number of each type of pieces, and you are allowed a total of between 15 and 150.

The game ends when one side's home sector has been overrun, or there is a 3:1 ratio of pieces. There is an option of saving a partially completed game which is welcome, because even with the minimum number of pieces it can take half an hour to complete.

War Zone is an enjoyable game, although I have found the computer can usually be beaten.