by Schwerpunkt Games
$50.00, Download (extra scenarios to be released free of charge later, printed manual and reference cards available later as well)
World War II Europe is an operational level of war turn-based hexes and counters computer game with a clean and lean design. This is a well thought game that hosts a credible computer opponent and an ambitious set of scenarios. Although it is easy to get into, it is a hardcore war game that will require the best of your war waging abilities. If you are still mourning the death of Panzer General or too fond of its many reincarnations, please look elsewhere.
|France, 1940. Playing as the Allies (French units are the blue counters) I make a grim discovery with my air recon units (blue circles): the Ardennes are packed with German units.
WWII Europe (WWIIE from now on) plays in turns each turn divided into phases for supply, air operations, ground operations move and ground operations offensive actions). The game drives you through these phases with just a click of a button. The turn resolution time is short and wastes almost none of your precious fun time. Ground, air and naval operations are modeled.
|The scenario selection menu. 50 or so of these scenarios are ready to play, the rest coming soon.
|Approaching Leningrad as the Germans (grey counters). The order of battle is highlighted for the 41 Corps HQ (outlined white), with the subordinate divisions outlined in green. The sisters corps HQs are outlined in blue.
A great effort was put into making WWIIE's user interface more functional and friendly. One of the most appreciated new features for me was the automatic cursor move (select a unit on the map and the cursor automatically moves to a tool bar box full of buttons to attack, move, etc.). However, I was not able to set up my for a clean and predictable map scrolling. In addition to that, my toolbar goes on and off with no apparent connection to an in-game menu that should keep it on at all times. Other display options, like the showing of supply sources is activated a non-toggled button. The only apparent way to turn off the showing of supplies is the pressing of other display options that override it.
|Only for the brave: playing as Denmark (red icons) against the Germans. The scoring system is based on the historical performance of the side being played. So, if you are able to perform better than the Danish during 1940, you get a passing score.
|WWIIE has one of the clearest, most information-rich counters in the computer war gaming industry. All the information you need to know to plan operations around a unit is available without the need to click for additional information.
|To Rome! The slug fest of fighting in Italy becomes apparent after a few turns of this scenario.