The Strategy king
i would love it if retro gamer ran a feature on the Battlescapes franchise of strategy games by dr Peter turcan from the late eighties and nineties.
i bought all the titles and spent many hours poring over the laminated maps supplied with the games to plan my next move. although some people found inputting all the orders a chore, for me it was actually a blessing, for i was learning to touch-type at college when the games were released and they quickly helped me to become the top of my whole class!
my brother, a keen adventure game player but not a usually a fan of strategy titles, also played and it was good watching the troops change formation as they marched and fought their way across the 3d battlefield. i also enjoyed the feeling of not knowing what was going on over the horizon and awaiting the arrival of messenger riders with the latest news (often inaccurate or out of date!) from the front line.
indeed, even today i strongly feel that Turcan’s software had arguably the best pre-radio communication system ever programmed into a game and still look back on the franchise with fond affection!
thanks for getting in touch with us, stuart. we’re not massively familiar with the series, but it certainly looks interesting. we’ll do a little bit of digging and see if we can arrange an interview.