An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.
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Very Positive (15 reviews) - 86% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (471 reviews) - 92% of the 471 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 15, 2001

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About This Game

An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.

American scientists working for Department of Defense find out that this mineral is in fact identical to the substance used to power an extraterrestrial artifact in their possession. This object is called the EON (Extraterrestrial Object Nexus).

It was found in 1919 by Colonel Emerson near the site of the Tunguska explosion. Emerson was the commander of a US military unit in charge of transporting US war supplies from the city of Vladivostok to the Eastern front during World War I.

DoD Experiments have shown that items placed in the capsule are transported hundreds of thousands of years back in time. The American scientists were not able to understand its construction, nor could they manage to synthesize its fuel. Eventually, the machine - classified Top Secret - was stored, pending further advances in human science.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® III - 900MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible with alteast 64 MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® IV - 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® GeForce™4 - 256 MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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HaMMeR_CZ
( 26.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
9/10
Best sci-fi real time strategy, only con is bit higher difficulty.
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Teuton
( 42.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Original War is one of those "hidden gems" you never played. I'm glad I discovered it. However, you need to be somewhat retro-savvy in order to enjoy it. The game suffers from a few bad game design choices here and there, some of which can make you rage in frustration.

Original War combines the alternative history time travel plot of Red Alert with the clunky vehicles and bases from KKnD and seasons it with the "no mistakes allowed" difficulty of Z. The mission design is terrible, I really can't sugarcoat it. Prepare yourself for trial and error, vague objectives, and invisible time limits. Get ready to play some missions over and over again. The campaigns actually become easier in later missions when all the techs are unlocked. The enemy AI is not much of a challenge; you will be fighting against limited manpower and resources most of the time.

What makes this game great are the mechanics. You get a rather small but cool arsenal of weapons, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Your characters gather experience in four different jobs so keep them alive. You will need soldiers in the first half of each campaign, and then skilled mechanics to pilot your vehicles towards the end. Scientists take care of research and play medic on the side, while engineers build your base and enhance the quality and durability of buildings.

And so the verdict comes down to: amazing and unique game mechanics trapped in nonsensical mission design. All you need is a little willpower. Prime candidate for a remake or sequel.
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Sevrin
( 38.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I like this game, but I really wish it was better. The movement AI is so ♥♥♥♥ing awful it's painful. In fact the whole movement system is awful in general. Skipping scenes is glitchy and you can't skip movement in the scenes, you can only skip dialogue.
The story is awesome, the voice acting is okay, the gameplay is okay (aside from movement and everything related to movement)
I'd say buy this game when it's on sale. If you're looking at it and it seems good, it's not so amazing that you can't wait, but it is worth buying.
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jjs82x
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This game has nothing to offer (with the possible exception of story: don't know, did not play long enough), except nostalgia, that is not already offered in spades in many other RTS games. The controls are clunky, and the game expects you to learn mostly by getting your nose bloody and reloading the game. Marginally fun; and marginally OK, if there weren't much more polished products out there for dirt cheap (Age of Wonders, when on sale, for one; or even Age of Empires II). Priced right, at the $1 or so I got it for; but, even at that, it is not worth the disk space. Calling in my refund after writing this review.
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sOrk
( 67.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
RTS / RPG hybrid, No unit spamming. Nice story and 2D graphics which make it bearable even today. You will make mistakes and you will restart missions because outcome of every battle or story choice determines your possibilities later in the game. Speed control. Simply great.
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FedEx
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I know it's an old game, but normaly I like old games! This turned out to be a pass due to slow game play, bad writing, and boring story (They made time travel boring! That should be a crime!) I regret buying this.
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HERAKLES
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
back in the day's !
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Bauzzer
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
People who made and still support this game are Gods among men 10/10.

Amazing gameplay, story and voice acting. This game have so many amazing aspects and still managed to tie them perfectly.

Pure gold
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isysdamn
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is one of my most favorite games, and it works on Windows 10.
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Arian
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game has easily the best story, i still have the original box when i bought the cd.

If you love strategy with RPG and a huge story then don't wait and buy it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game has easily the best story, i still have the original box when i bought the cd.

If you love strategy with RPG and a huge story then don't wait and buy it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
People who made and still support this game are Gods among men 10/10.

Amazing gameplay, story and voice acting. This game have so many amazing aspects and still managed to tie them perfectly.

Pure gold
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
RTS / RPG hybrid, No unit spamming. Nice story and 2D graphics which make it bearable even today. You will make mistakes and you will restart missions because outcome of every battle or story choice determines your possibilities later in the game. Speed control. Simply great.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Original War is one of those "hidden gems" you never played. I'm glad I discovered it. However, you need to be somewhat retro-savvy in order to enjoy it. The game suffers from a few bad game design choices here and there, some of which can make you rage in frustration.

Original War combines the alternative history time travel plot of Red Alert with the clunky vehicles and bases from KKnD and seasons it with the "no mistakes allowed" difficulty of Z. The mission design is terrible, I really can't sugarcoat it. Prepare yourself for trial and error, vague objectives, and invisible time limits. Get ready to play some missions over and over again. The campaigns actually become easier in later missions when all the techs are unlocked. The enemy AI is not much of a challenge; you will be fighting against limited manpower and resources most of the time.

What makes this game great are the mechanics. You get a rather small but cool arsenal of weapons, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Your characters gather experience in four different jobs so keep them alive. You will need soldiers in the first half of each campaign, and then skilled mechanics to pilot your vehicles towards the end. Scientists take care of research and play medic on the side, while engineers build your base and enhance the quality and durability of buildings.

And so the verdict comes down to: amazing and unique game mechanics trapped in nonsensical mission design. All you need is a little willpower. Prime candidate for a remake or sequel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
9/10
Best sci-fi real time strategy, only con is bit higher difficulty.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
back in the day's !
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I like this game, but I really wish it was better. The movement AI is so ♥♥♥♥ing awful it's painful. In fact the whole movement system is awful in general. Skipping scenes is glitchy and you can't skip movement in the scenes, you can only skip dialogue.
The story is awesome, the voice acting is okay, the gameplay is okay (aside from movement and everything related to movement)
I'd say buy this game when it's on sale. If you're looking at it and it seems good, it's not so amazing that you can't wait, but it is worth buying.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This is one of my most favorite games, and it works on Windows 10.
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214 of 230 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
I still have the boxset from this game in my closet since 2002ish. This game is pure awesome. Don't let its retro looks fool you.


Its something along the vibes of jagged alliance. you get character progression and permadeath. Most of the main characters have their own lines and personalities written for throughout the entire campaign; i always tried to keep em alive just for that ;D

other than that, the storyline, while slightly convoluted, simply serves as a backdrop for a great rts/rpg game where you manage not only your resources, but your human resources as well. 4 Character classes where your characters can switch between and gain experience in during missions carry out specific tasks, where soldiers fight, scientists do research and heal people up, engineers start buildings and collect resources, and mechanics drive and build vehicles.

Decisions you make within each mission affect subsequent missions. Somewhere down the line you will be forced to make one which will split your campagin progress into two trees. *spoiler :D*

I really loved the vehicle design in this game, where you slowly overtime research and unlock modules to provide more options for modular vehicle construction. Gun+Chassis+Power source+ wheels/tracks is awesome. I like the really distinctive look of the double gun cars. <3


all in all, this game is worth my 20 bucks then, and the 5 bucks now. buy it. you wont be disappointed.
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135 of 139 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
Two words: BUY IT!

Its old, and forgotten by their developers, but ist great anyway. It has all what good RTS game should have:
- Unique story, never seen anything similar in other RTS games
- Unique resorces gathering system (not seen in any other games, and still fits 100% to the story)
- Unique crew management (loosing man in first mission, can make others harder up to the last one, cause crew advance with you, crew members are limited, no respawn, no training units, permadeath)
- Crew has skills (and they train them on mission, and as reward for good mission score)
- Three factions quite balanced even while having different units, and different technologies
- Modular vehicle construction (you choose vehicle type, engine type, weapon type, and steering type)

I played this game when it came out 13 years ago - still having box version, and playing from time to time. Today I saw it on steam and bought it without even small doubt.

P.S. To STEAM crew. Why its marked as "indie"? Its made by Altair Interactive ( now called Altar Games )-> the same that made UFO;Afterlight, UFO:Aftermatch etc. Its also beeing published by Bohemia Interactive (Arma game series, Operation Flashpoint, Take on Helicopters). Its not indie...
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