Hello dear internet viewer,
As we are talking about the excellent games developed by William Soleau, I thought myself, that I know that in the kind Risk-like strategy games are very popular, regardless in the era in which we are, so this is why that today I present Blind Wars developed and distributed by William Soleau of Soleau Software in 1992. A game that William has attempted in vain to give it a push to have people playing it. Because at the time, there was the game Conquest of David Burns that almost everyone played and who was a bit inferior than this one, but strangely Conquest has been more popular. And no, I do not say unfortunately, because Conquest it still a very excellent alternative to the game of Risk, even though that Blind Wars is superior in many aspects.
How it is better? Knowing that in the game Conquest, you could customize almost everything including maps and change the rules at your leisure, Conquest unlike Blind Wars, it was missing the events factor. I.e., where the game depending on the attack strategies, depending on how you control areas and also on the basis of some random attributes (notice to gossips, they are not all random) events occur sometimes harming, sometimes helping, everything is relative to what you do. So even if you have a supreme army, you have to handle it with intelligence, you can't just do a blitz charge. Because if you only charge in the masses, at the end of the turn, there is a strong probability that you receive a bad event, the kind of rebel groups who are revolting, that workers in some areas make a strike, which prevents you to grow your army and many other things like this. And yes, If you make a conquest of continents, you get the bonus of having more troops per turns like in the game Risk, but it destabilizes your empire, because like in any war there are the nationalistic aspect. So, if you have too many different continents, your people risk to turn against you, preventing you not only conquer the enemy, but to bluntly giving him additional land which make you lose both land and both your continents bonus that you were controlling. So, that's why in the video below, I enter the continents, without really trying to conquer them, to avoid destabilizing my empire. This is why towards the end, I nearly fail when one of my territory made a revolution, but fortunatly, I had previously prepared my shot, so I could easily take it back and conquer the rest of the world.
Technical level, as it is usual in DOS games from Soleau Software, it was made in Turbo Pascal language. Which has its pros and cons for this type of game. The main advantage is that basically the mouse is supported. The disadvantage, as it is a game in Turbo Pascal, it have a non-standard resolution, so the mouse sensitivity is calibrated very differently from what what we are accustomed, which lead us to unfortunatly clicking outside where we were originally willing to click. And since it's in Turbo Pascal everything is minimalistic as we talk about the visual or the audio. Things said like this may makes the title looking less good, but in fact it allows lonely developers, like it is the case herein with William Soleau, to further focus on the technicality of the engine on the appearances. The appearances, which anyway are totally useless in this kind of game because we forget them after 1 or 2 minutes as we are firmly well rooted in our thoughts.
Difficulty level, I know that in the video I made, the game seems ultra easy, but that, this is because I had put it to easy level, because I didn't wanted to make a video of 6 or 7 hours. Because yes, a game of this game, may take several hours against the CPU. Imagine if you are playing in multiplayer mode! Is it possible? Certainly! But you need to play the registred version which is currently still on sale on the website of Soleau Software!
To conclude, another masterpiece signed William Soleau of Soleau Software. A game that if you are a fan of Risk, but that you're bored by the traditional rules, well this version of the game will certainly satisfy you!