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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition
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North American Amiga edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Mindscape Games
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Developer: Chris Crawford
Media: 3.5" Disk
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North American Apple II edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Mindscape Games
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Developer: Chris Crawford
Media: 3.5" Disk
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North American Atari ST edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Mindscape Games
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Developer: Chris Crawford
Media: 3.5" Disk
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North American DOS edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Mindscape Games
DOS
Developer: Chris Crawford
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
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North American Macintosh edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Mindscape Games
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Developer: Chris Crawford
Media: 3.5" Disk
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Description Edit | History

Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition was a special edition release of Balance of Power sometimes referred to as Balance of Power II). It was released simultaneously on five platforms in 1989 after the original achieved many sales.

The 1990 edition adds more countries, advisors to help out the player, a new "multi-polar" level that allows countries to generate events of their own (such as declaring war on other countries), and a few miscellaneous features. However, with the ending of the Cold War, interest declined, and there have been no further follow-ups or clones.

Source: Wikipedia, "Balance of Power (video game)", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

From the back of the box:

It has been several years since the release of the original Balance of Power. In that time the political voices in the world have changed dramatically.
Now, in response to popular demand, master game designer Chris Crawford gives us Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition - a new and enhanced game of global politics and power struggles. Featuring a new multipolar level, this game allows 80 countries to ship weapons and troops, and fight wars; your challenge as a superpower is to monitor their policies and use your influence - at times to the point of diplomatic crisis - to protect your interests.

NEW FEATURES

  • Covers eight years, from 1989 to 1997
  • Simulates real world political struggles in the nuclear age by allowing interaction among 80 countries (formerly 62)
  • Allows 4 levels of play, from Beginner to the complex Multipolar level.
  • Utilizes a vast and updated database and faster processing capabilities
  • Icludes a four person on-screen "crisis advisory" group forcounsel in crises
  • Enhanced with non-nuclear war feature for smaller countries
  • Includes both 1- and 2-player games
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Improvements over the first edition of the game (from the user manual)

This is the second edition of Balance of Power. It boasts many improvements over the first edition of the game. This version requires 512K of RAM, and takes advantage of the additional RAM to speed up many processes, improving the responsiveness of the game. It has 80 countries instead of 62; additional data in the Background section ; a new "Crisis Advisory" feature to help the player in a crisis; updated information on all the countries of the world ; and some refinements in the internal algorithms. The most important improvement, though, is the addition of a new fourth level, called "Multipolar." This is the single most requested feature by owners of the first edition, and now it's in Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition. In this level, actions by all countries of the world impact the course of the game, making it richer and more challenging. To keep track of the more complex world of the multipolar level game, there are additional displays showing the state of all aid and troops going into a country and out of a country. The player is allowed to make use of the trade weapon in this level. Minor countries are allowed to fight wars. Finally, there is now a "minor country crisis" that allows the player to discourage minor countries from pursuing unwise policies.

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