Global Domination (video game)
Simon Bradbury |
|Genre(s)||Turn based strategy|
Global Domination is a 1993 strategy game modeled closely on the board game Risk. Impressions Games expanded on the game dividing the world into more territories, adding unit types which could be controlled in a mini-game, adding the concept of unit obsolescence, valuing regions higher or lower than others (for income), and adding the ability to fund intelligence operations.
Like Risk, Global Domination is a turn-based game. Each game starts with the players being allocated a few random territories across the globe. The player would then be allocated a certain number of points to invest in purchasing units, researching technology or spending in intelligence operations. Players could then use their units to claim neutral or "brown" territories or invade other player territories. Players would often have to be careful not to spread their forces too thin lest they risk territories revolting (or turning into "purple territories"). the game has 3 timelines 1914 1939 1995 and a fictional scenario set in a post-apocoliptict earth in the year 2500 after a asteroid impact on the pacific ocean on the year 2030
When a player attacks or defends a territory, he/she can choose to either auto-resolve battles or micro-manage it. Micro-managing the battle results in a mini-game that simulates the battlefield where combat takes place.
Players could choose to challenge other humans or a selection of AI mostly based on famous world leaders. Each AI player had a different strategy and their competency and aggressiveness varied. Some of the AI players featured in the game include historical figures such as General Custer, Napoleon Bonaparte and Queen Victoria.
Chuck Moss wrote in Computer Gaming World in February 1994 that Global Domination "is at once both a failure and a surprising success". He criticized the "clunky" tactical combat as "simply not up to current standards", but said that the strategic gameplay was "A simple, workmanlike, intermediate-level, conquer-the-world game that's surprisingly enjoyable and addictive ... a great solitaire game" with high replay value. Moss gave Global Domination "an unexpected thumbs up".