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Caesar

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Impressions 1992
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

"Intellectual property" is a fairly new invention of our lawyer-driven world. You can be sure that in the days of the ancient Roman Empire, nobody would have sued anyone for copying ideas. Maybe they would have sent a thug to rough you up, hired curthroats to murder your family or, if they were real meanies, sent an army to massacre your whole people, but they wouldn't have sued.


Caesar II

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Impressions / Sierra 1995
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

The sequel to Impressionsā€˜ 1993 game Caesar, this Sierra title is the first in the City Builder Series to utilise the isometric view. Sporting a massive improvement visually and in terms of gameplay over the first game, it was also one of the relatively few games that could run natively in both MS-DOS and Windows 95.


Cohort II: Fighting for Rome

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Impressions 1993
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Cohort II, even sharing the original's subtitle, has to be the laziest sequel in the history of the computer games industry. Why? It is virtually identical with its predecessor.

Let's have a look at what changed. Apart from the new title screen (Wow!), that is. Two languages the game previously spoke are not supported anymore (feature regressionā€¦). There are some new battlefield types, one of which ("marsh") is effectively the same as "bridge" combined with "hills" and the rest ("downs", "undergrowth" and "forest") plays just like the previously available "hills" as well. Of course, none of these new battlefields look any good graphically.


Cohort: Fighting for Rome

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Impressions 1991
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

In 1990, Impressions released Rorke's Drift, a wargame with an interesting setting (the Anglo-Zulu War) with a fresh challenge (defending a lightly fortified position against an overwhelming force). Problem was, in spite of its attempts to be accessible with its cartoonish graphics and icon-driven interface, it was basically unplayable. Cohort is basically just Rorke's Drift all over again, with a slightly different setting.


Crime City

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Impressions 1992
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

So, apparently, I'm playing a guy called Steve. Steve's dad is the prime suspect in the murder of David Walker, his business partner. Since the police is incompetent (surprise, surprise), Steve has to prove his old man's innocence. Let's begin!


Discovery - In the Steps of Columbus

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Impressions 1991
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

Impressions never had the best reputation with the mainstream gamers. They mainly produced quite inaccessible (granted) strategy titles. Caesar and Cohort are maybe their widest known classic titles. The vast majority of their games completely disappeared though.


Lords of the Realm

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Impressions 1995
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

I have conquered medieval England countless times in countless variations (i.e. games) already. All the mixes have very similar flavours, the differences are marginal. In such a (once) overcrowded genre, these little things count though!



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