The Strat­egy king

Retro Gamer - - MAIL BAG -

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on over the hori­zon and await­ing the ar­rival of mes­sen­ger rid­ers with the lat­est news (of­ten in­ac­cu­rate or out of date!)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!

Stu­art hardy

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.

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