Battles in Time

QQP's Battles in Time is just the thing to introduce novice garners to war gaming; its got an interesting plot, and hey, you get to fight with dinosaurs.

If you haven't warmed up to computer war games because you're afraid they're nothing more than dull, textbook representations of statistics and technical data, this inventive take on war gaming from QQP will certainly change your mind.

Battles in Time uses a clever "plot" to set the stage for a unique combination of strategy and fun - with a healthy sprinkling of war game realism. It's the future, and the people of Earth have evolved beyond their warlike ways. Mankind has become so passive, in fact, that the "instinctive" ability to make war has been lost. That all sounds nice in theory, but it leaves Earth defenseless when suddenly threatened by an alien attack.

To get back some of that fighting spirit, the decision is made to travel back in time to five time periods known for their warlike ways - Prehistory, the Roman Empire, Napoleonic Era, The American Civil War, and World War Two - in order to study and relearn the skills necessary to defeat the aliens.

The flexibility of Battles in Time allows you to try a variety of scenarios, commanding armies made up of everything from battling dinosaurs to Roman foot-soldiers.

Caesar II

A city simulation? Hmmm, haven't I seen something like this before? Yes and no. Yes, you've seen amazingly-detailed 3D renderings before. And, yes, you've played sims that put you in the municipal driver's seat.

But, no, you've never played anything quite like Caesar II. For starters, if you do a good job quelling riots, dowsing fires, recruiting soldiers and building great cities, you earn approval ratings that grant you the right to take on another province.

Then it really heats up. Along with wearing your city planner hat, you get to don the general's helmet and tight off hordes of barbarians in battle sequences (check out the Carthaginians on armored elephants). With each additional province you control, the closer you get to the best hat o$ all: the emperor's snappy laurel wreath.

By combining great graphics, intricate srategizing and battle action, Caesar II isn't merely simulation. It' stimulation for those who hanker for action and power.

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The historical accuracy and detail in Caesar II's cityscapes are astonishing, while battle sequences-a twist for sim games-add another layer of challenge and fun.