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by Matrix Games
Windows 2000 / XP / 98 / Me
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP / 98 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B000GJVV1M
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 19, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,638 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Norm Koger's The Operational Art of War is a legendary title among wargamers. A masterpiece of flexible design, it allows you to play and create any battle from the entire 20th Century of warfare and up to the modern day. Now, Matrix Games together with Norm Koger and a new design team bring you the definitive release of this unsurpassed operational wargame - The Operational Art of War III. Improved Combat - Updates to anti-armor, anti-air, nuclear and low mobility combat modeling give TOAW III the most realistic model of operational combat in the series. Improved Opponent - The computer opponent has been significantly improved, resulting in much smarter play and a much greater challenge! More Options - More events for scenario designers, scenario and era-specific graphics, sounds and music, additional supply and fog of war options, a new auto save feature, French and German language support and improved memory management allow TOAW III to look, sound and perform better in all situations and on all operating systems. Also included is an updated PDF manual and help file, with revised and corrected data to bring you fully up to date with the latest changes. Over 200 Scenarios! - 130 of the best scenario designs of the last five years are included in TOAW III, along with more than 70 classic TOAW scenarios from the original series. Spanning the years from World War I to the post 9/11 Middle East, these scenarios show you how flexible and powerful The Operational Art of War III truly is. Note: This game is *only* published in a DVD case with a well organized and bookmarked PDF manual.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Computer War Gaming Fun September 27, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Operational Art of War 3 (III) by Norm Koger is the best war game for a computer I have played, and I have played a number of them.

This game allows one to play a number of conflicts, or parts of conflicts, with the same rules for each; thus, once the fairly simple rules are understood the gamer can play 130 scenarios with few problems. The computer itself can take charge of some areas of play (such as the air war) if the player so desires. The tutorial covers the Korean War and it is done very well. Playing a critical part of a war, such as the opening months of World War One, is enlightening for game players or people interested in history. TOAW III allows a person to build games, or alter any of the numerous scenarios supplied with the game. Personally, I find there are so many good campaigns and wars included I don't think I will be trying to build my own anytime soon.

Game play is festooned with detail, such as the troops tired out after long marches or hard battles and need time to rest before they can get their full strength back. As the game goes on the players get news broadcasts telling them about world events that may affect their war.

This is a lot like the Avalon Hill board games I used to play, such as France 1940, only with a lot of added features no board game could easily incorporate. Weather, supply, blown bridges, the ability to disband a unit and get some supply advantages etc make this game a winner- especially when these matters are taken care of without a lot of mouse clicking on my part (in most cases no clicking at all).

I have written detailed reviews of Highway to the Reich (Operation Market Garden) and Korsun Pocket (World War Two on the Eastern Front) and trashed them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PC War Gamer May 28, 2007
By Richard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you are fan of the old Avalon Hill board games, this game is for you !

I had the original TOAOW when it first came out in the late 90's, for Win 98. A very solid, challenging game. I was disappointed when it would not work with XP. TOAOW III solves that problem. This is a great game for the "armchair" general.

I have had no problems with this game, the disc or any of the issues the previous reviewer had.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you were going to own only one war game, this would be the one. There's a lot of classic war-gaming pleasure here for the money. The interface is a little "old school" and may take some getting use to, but once you get the hang of it you begin to appreciate what the designers had in mind and it all starts to make perfect sense to you. The game play is very board game like, only with the computer doing all the heavy lifting for you. There's something like two hundred scenarios, ranging from very large-scale (hundreds of turns) strategic/operational games like Operation Barbarossa, The Korean War, and Operation Desert Storm. There are also a great many smaller engagements that range from operational to the nearly tactical. Just about every major engagement from the age of rifles is represented here, along with a number of hypothetical ones. All in all, this is a very impressive game.

More than half the scenarios have been optimized for play against what is a rather decent but far from perfect AI. But the real charm of these games is to go head to head with another human player via email. Then it becomes exactly like one of the old classic board games, only without the long setups and having to worry about the dog knocking everything over and chewing up your counters once you're three or four weeks into the game.

Please keep in mind this is a war game. It's mind food, not eye candy. It's for grognards and wannabe grognards (the various game options allow you to increase or decrease the game's complexity, making it an ideal game for intermediate as well as veteran war gamers). If you don't know what a grognard is, you probably don't want to be spending your money on this game; you won't like it. If you need state-of-the-art graphics, best look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game is Good - Amazon Price Is Ridiculous February 27, 2015
TOAW 3 is quite dated yet there is no other game since that comes close to the playability of the game. Matrix has a patch update 3.4 for this game BUT the 3.5 patch has been in the works literally for years now. Supposedly there is hint of making TOAW 4.

NOTE: Norm Koger had nothing to do with THIS game. Matrix bought the rights from Koger (who's last game in the series was TOAW2).

By beef is that here on Amazon it is selling for over $600??? Does that come with a bazooka? Because you can get this game on Matrix site for $39.99.
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