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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition
Box artwork for Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition.
Developer(s)Chris Crawford
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Political Simulation, Strategy
System(s)Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Mac OS, Windows
Preceded byBalance of Power
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Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition was a special edition release of Balance of Power sometimes referred to as Balance of Power II). It was released simultaneously on five platforms in 1989 after the original achieved many sales.

The 1990 edition adds more countries, advisors to help out the player, a new "multi-polar" level that allows countries to generate events of their own (such as declaring war on other countries), and a few miscellaneous features. However, with the ending of the Cold War, interest declined, and there have been no further follow-ups or clones.


The goal of the game is simple: the player may choose to be either the President of the United States or the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and must lead the chosen superpower for eight years, seeking to maximize "prestige" and avoiding a nuclear war.

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