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Risk [Old Version]

by Encore
Platform : Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
3.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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NOW IN ITS 50th YEAR, Finally A NEW VERSION OF RISK IS HERE! You're battling to conquer the world. To win, you must launch attacks and defend yourself on all sides. The dangers are great but so are the rewards. You have to take RISK! Features: -Play RISK Anytime with New Faster Gameplay Action -Two Game Variants including Random Deal and Territory Grab -Clever New Voiceovers add humor and increase replayability -Save a Game in Progress -Use Automatic Dice Mode to further speed up the action -Play against up to 5 Computer Opponents

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  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000SQN0KI
  • Item model number: 14260
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,383 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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I am the biggest Risk fan out there, and the original Risk version is my favorite computer game, which I play constantly. A few years ago, they released Risk II which ultimately lost all that was good about the original game. It seems they decided to start over, and came out with a new version of Risk I, which seems promising, but is also ultimately disappointing. I am not sure why they took such a big step back from the '95 release with this 'update'. But there are a few things that I really like about it:

POSITIVES:
-The game has an ongoing voice-over/commentary that sounds like Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) and which adds a great deal of fun. It is the best new feature. Unfortunately, the commentary is very limited, so you repeatedly hear the same comments over and over and over and over again. In the next release, I hope they expand the dialogue library.

-The game lets you choose which generals you play against, and each general (allegedly) fights differently. Unfortunately, in practice, they don't. The computer AI in the '95 was DRAMATICALLY more intelligent than this version, even if I selected the most brilliant generals. In fact, I think it is impossible to lose a game in this version. the '95 version, on some maps, like North America, it was extremely challenging to ever win.

NEGATIVES:

-The AI is really dumb and it is impossible to lose.

-They give you only one map you can play off of. The '95 version had 5 maps to choose from. Let's hope they come out with an expansion pack.

-You cannot view what card you were given at the end of your battle until the start of your next turn. The '95 version didn't have this restriction.

-You are forced to play with the ever-increasing point format to the cards.
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For folks that grew up on the basic game, this is a fun way to revisit the past. Unfortunately the computer opponents do not provide enough of a challenge to keep a person coming back. Overall, I prefer the 1996 release of the game with enhancements (multiple maps, terrain, and objectives) that offer variety and increasing challenges. I'm puzzled by the step back?
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Risk This version of Risk will be fine for a person who has never played before and wants to learn the game. It will allow a beginner to win often. For persons who know how to play the game and are familiar with its basic strategy, this game will not be much fun. The AI is weak and leaves computer players wide open for easy conquest. AI players make too many playing errors i.e. not attacking a conquered continent aggressively or not attacking when their forces are built up enough. The previous versions played the game better.
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I hate to say this, but you can actually have some fun with this game--even with its massive defects--by deliberately stacking the deck against yourself. Still there are times when this dumbed down version is so profoundly frustrating that you will wish the people responsible would be led into a vacant, sound-proofed building and severely punished.
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I'm very pleased with this seller and my product. It arrived on time and it is in excellent condition. i would and have told everyone about this seller and the product. I give you a 5 star rating. Satisfied costumer, Carol from Arizona
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This version of Risk is dumbed-down when compared to Risk and Risk II from the '90's, that is true. There's not much in the way of options.

However, as a faithful version of the board game it is good enough. The graphics and presentation are quite nice. The real upshot is that it runs on Vista and runs without the CD which works well for my lap top. (Risk II does this as well, but it is a little more complicated to run it on Vista.)

If you are looking for a fun time-waster on a flight, pick this up. If you are playing Risk on a desktop PC, I'd say pick up the older, more robust versions.
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This game is not what I was used to with the board game. You are able to move armies to countries you own that are not adjacent to to one moving from. You also cannot turn in cards when you have a match after you defeat another opponent unless you have 5 cards or more. The delay in the notification screens is tiresome, it would be nice to have a mouse click option to make it go faster, or options in the menu to accomplish this. Should have a pause button to be able to get out of the game without closing it and another option to allow a second game with the same setup that the first had.
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By PETER HAY on January 6, 2011
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This game is pretty simple. I have bought several other versions of computer Risk over the years. Unfortunately many of them don't play well on the newer operating systems. It can be played very quickly with some of the options, so I am playing it more frequently than the other versions that still work.
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