developer: Fury Software
publisher: Matrix Games/Slitherine
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / hotseat, players: 1-2
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Strategic Command: World War I is a comprehensive turn-based strategy that presents all stages of the First World War in a realistic way. The title is one of the many editions of the Strategic Command series, which was launched in 2002 and has since been developed by Fury Software and Slitherine. The recipients of developers' products are mainly fans of history and classic hardcore war strategies.
Strategic Command: World War I offers players three big campaigns, which are its biggest attraction. Two of them start in 1914. In Call to Arms we play the role of the commander of one of the Entente countries, and in Triple Alliance we decide on the military actions of the Central States and Italy. In the Fate of Nations campaign, which began in 1917, we can in turn direct the American counter-attack in Europe, which ultimately led to the collapse of the German Empire. Interestingly, as usual, the possibility of changing the course of history is an extremely attractive element of the game. Planning and a sensible strategy can lead us, for example, to a complete victory for the states and alliances that have actually failed in the global conflict.
Strategic Command: World War I is played in the classic turn-based mode, on a two-dimensional board covered with a network of hexagons, shown from a top-down perspective. All game campaigns take place on the same large map representing all of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, as well as the Atlantic and Eastern coasts of Canada and the United States. Each hex represents a territory of 400 square miles. Areas not under our control are covered by the fog of war, which hides from us the positions and actions of our opponents.
In addition to conducting troops to successive battles on land, water and in the air, we also deal with other extremely important aspects of armed conflict management in the course of our play. We also take care of the supply lines, work on improvements for individual units (each nation available in the game has a different range of them, reflecting its actual level of development at that time) and espionage. The creators also implemented mechanics specific to the First World War, such as the construction and maintenance of trenches and the development of new techniques for the construction of fortifications.
Strategic Command: World War I not only allows you to play alone, but also to compete on a multiplayer network or locally in the "hot-seat" mode. Traditionally, the authors also provide us with an extensive editor that allows us to create our own fantastic scenarios.
The audiovisual setting of Strategic Command: World War I has not changed significantly compared to the previous editions of the series. The maps, interface and appearance of the units are presented in a very minimalistic way, which is characteristic of the titles of the genre. The same applies to sound effects and music.
age requirements: everyone
PC / Windows
Minimum: Dual Core 1.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10