Third Reich has been the fountainhead of modern warfare strategy games. Derived from the historical account, and first appearing as a board game with chits to represent units, I as a kid played the hell out of it. The 'modern' game leaves little need for improvement. Turn based tactical graphics and of course an exhaustive amount of research spent on emulating the board game to electronic pleasure.
The game is not for the player that wants to hear explosions see their units as shapes as opposed to tactical representations taken from the actual symbols used generically in strategic wargames of its time. This is truly a thinking manís game one given to the likes of Chess and other serious tactical games. TR is not a graphics dependant game, it is a game that gives the common person freedom to play it without setting up a board and also I may add without the necessity of another person should that be a problem. You can play one another or the computer. I only had the pleasure of playing the initial game, so updated versions may address the desire for gleaming graphics and unit shapes. I suggest the original release because it is a direct representation of the award winning board game of the same name.
Tactical wargames have spanned the gaming industry and were prior to the innovation of contemporary pc's the workhorse of the game industry and electronic entertainment. Third Reich is as I have said the fountainhead of this genre. TR is the father of five-star games like panzer and allied general. Without the electronic version of TR being created, the age of strategic games may have ended with the first gleaming graphic first person shooter. But thanks to the popularity of later games inspired by Third Reich and other pioneer games of this genre, a renaissance of wargaming arrived in the mid to late 90's. Like the modern RPG games online the precursor were RPG games using paper dice and miniatures, so modern wargames have been a result of board games like Third Reich, although with TR, the board game feel has been successfully transferred to the computer screen. This game is the icon of underrated and underappreciated games found on this web-site. A must for any serious wargamer!
Written by: ~Zhukov