“Us And Them - Cold War” is a turn-based strategy game about cold war that you can play either as CIA or KGB. Although it is a game of territorial expansion, the rivals do not attack their opponent using military force. Instead they are using an army of Spies, Assassins and Experts of various kinds (like economy, technology etc.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (60 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 8, 2010
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“Us And Them - Cold War” is a turn-based strategy game about cold war that you can play either as CIA or KGB.
Although it is a game of territorial expansion, the rivals do not attack their opponent using military force. Instead they are using an army of Spies, Assassins and Experts of various kinds (like economy, technology etc.) in order to destabilize the enemy's countries socially, economically, politically and finally to change their governments’ ideology and attach them in their own political block.

The player will have to manage resources like money, oil and technology. He must place his units strategically on the map and create a series of spy networks waiting for the right moment to unleash a series of sabotages, assassinations, bribes, revolutions, arrests and interrogations of enemy units. Since most of the units are hidden to the enemy, the collection and interception of crucial information about the countries, the units' attributes and their whereabouts is essential for victory.

Features:
Take advantage of great Cold War personalities like Che Guevara, Henry Kissinger, Mao Ze Dong, Fidel Castro the Pope and many many more!

Research and develop spy gadgets right out of James Bond's laboratories and some famous equipment of real life spies.

Take part in the historic Space Race

Use your nuclear arsenal to intimidate the opponent.

A series of special rules will allow you to deploy special strategies like the “Domino Effect” and the “Communist sandwich”.

All units, as a representation of actual persons, have their own skills and attributes that make them unique.

The game features a series of random events that in the most part are real events of the cold war era.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, Vista or XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 Screen resolution
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
არ იყიდოთ! რომც გაჩუქონ, არ აიღოთ! თამაში არ ეშვება, და რაღაც უაზრო სქრინს აგდებს, თითქოს "ფლეშპლეერზე" სოფტი იყოს. შეიძლება არც იყოს ცუდი მაგრამ...

do not buy this game! maybe is good game, but does not run (it's for my PC surprise W7 64bit)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Does not work well and no option for 1920x1080
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Quite the terrible game. When loading it up, it is impossible to actually read some items in the interface, can't even follow the tutorial due to that. This looks and feels like a free flash game which was thrown together in the shortest time possible.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
☭ ☭ ☭ Awesome game ! ☭ ☭ ☭

But i took over the USA in only 6 hours :/ (you win when you make a revolution in USA or in USSR)
a bit short and not that much replayability.

But taking over every countries of the world should take much more time, it's VERY HARD to do.

Anyways, if you're into the cold war or into communism, you MUST buy this game on a sale !
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
The game is rough around the edges but for two euros it was definitely a bargain.

Although the game is not as intricate as SuperPowers 2 it has good depth to it. Especially in how you use the spy networks.

It is what a Tropico game is to SimCity: not too complicated but still challenging and very addictive. The quality was good, it never crashed during 9 hours of continous gameplay.

It has a unique approach of mainly using spy and covert tacticts to subdue your enemy states.

You get 7 types of agents to use: an assassin, a spy and five types of saboteurs.
Each saboteur will damage one particular aspect of society: finances, resources, politics, technology and military.

Spies are used to build networks, which adds bonuses to those in the network.
You can also use spies to make bribes and arrests, steal secrets and so on.

The stats of each agent will change over time, for example their morale might decrease.
An assassin with low morale who's in charge of protecting your president is weak to bribery from enemy spies.

The idea is to sabotage each country enough so that people will revolt.
If a country in your alliance is in danger of revolting you can use money to financially support the faction in power and hopefully prevent the revolt. This is very expensive though.

Each country has different attributes that affect how easily they are turned and how important they are to winning the game. However it may stilll be worthwhile to turn a low-ranking country as it will affect neighbouring enemy states as well.

You can recruit new agents, there's no limit apart from financial as they are very expensive.
You also need to train your new agents as otherwise they will be useless, and training costs both money and time.

You can research the gadgets your agents use: assassination weapons, interrogation techniques, surveilance gadgets etc.

Each political superpower has a set of leaders and henchmen: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger etc. Assassinating them might make it easier to turn a country, but I didn't notice any difference to be honest.

The game has some bigger flaws:
* I can't get the game to go full-screen, some countries are so small that its easy to put your agents in the wrong country
* the game has no easy way of locating agents who are out in the field, you have to click around and search for them

All in all a good game with unique gameplay. As with most strategic games higher difficulty levels will bring more out of the game.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
It's a game with a few major flaws, but for 2 dollars, I got more than my monies worth out of it. It plays as a board game, it's turn based, and your goal is to influence a set number of countries over to your ideology. You have a bunch of agents you can put in countries which can make it easier to spark a revolution, and some countries are more important than others, which helps you flip other countries as well. The game isn't super deep, but I think there's enough there to make it fun. I played on normal, and while I ran into some pitfalls and was on the verge of collapsing at a few points, once you know what you're doing and stabilize your initial situation, the game is not extraordinarily difficult, and the learning curve isn't too steep, if you read the manual and the tutorial, you should pick up enough to get by, the rest is trial and error.

As I said though, there are a bunch of negatives, that may be dealbreakers for some people (and for its regular price, I'd consider them to be). The biggest one is the UI, it's total garbage, and for a game made in 2010, some of these issues are inexcusable, I've played early 90's games that did a better job. The game is tied to a single resolution, that does not appear to be designed for widescreen monitors (it did not display some text correctly, the top menu bar of your resources and income is not fully visible and there's no way to fix this, and some arrow keys have "ghosts" next to time). While there is a listing of all your agents, and where they are, there is no way to click on that list and go to them, so you have to remember where you have agents in the 70+ countries of the game to have them each take actions. There is a "master plan" menu that lets you automate all tasks with a certain success rate, but sometimes this isn't good enough, so it's very easy to forget where you have people and they will just sit around doing nothing the entire game.

The other big negative for me is total lack of feedback about what is going on in the game. For example, I have an assassin, of skill 99, exp 99 (the highest possible in the game), and I'll have a 7% chance to execute an enemy of only 20 skill. The game gives you the chance of success, but there's no way to tell how it arrives at that number, and in that particular example I ran into, it seems very bizarre, especially when you'll get a 70% chance to kill with a much less qualified agent elsewhere. There's a ton of technologies in the game, there are four trees, each with a bunch of techs that give you bonuses, but again, while the game explains what each tech is (for example, dead drops, and it explains what a dead drop is if you didn't know), but there's nothing that explains how that translates to what having that tech does in the game, how much better it lets you avoid detection, or detect other agents, etc. So you have this research system that is large enough so that you'll never get everything, but there's no way of prioritizing what is the best value or use to you, because there's just no way of knowing what the practical benefit to any of these things are, other than they are (allegedly) providing a bonus.

The final negative is lack of multiplayer, this is a game where I think if you played against another human, even with the above problems, would actually be a blast to play, becasue the whole point is hiding agents around the world and trying to spark revolutions as quickly and quietly as possible, and having to go up against an actual human intelligence as opposed to an AI that does not really make the best decisions would be an entirely different ballgame.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
it took a while to really know how to play but i got use to it (thanks to youtube) its really fun even though I always lose xD
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Interesting game, but I wish someone would remake it and fix the terrible interface so that I can enjoy it.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
it is a wonderful game
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I got the game when it was on an 80% sale for $2. At that price, it's worth it. Anymore... I dunno.

I didn't experience any glitches in the game, so I dunno what others are talking about.

However, the game still really isn't that great. The concept seems awesome, but it's a big letdown. The game is very simple and repetitive. You buy spies, assassins, and political advisors over and over to influence smaller countries before bigger countries to get the domino effect, and focus on countries that are rich in income and natural resources. The tech, resource, and military advisors are situation specific. Space race? Forget it. Nuke research? Forget it. Just zero them out and pour all your research into spy tech. Lose a spy from an assassination or revolution gone wrong? Buy two more to replace it. Heck, buy four more so you can train them in advance. Also, buy finance, tech, and resource advisors to boost your economy where it counts too.

What really stinks is the in game spreadsheet of all your spies doesn't hone in where agents are located if you click on their row. In other words, you have to remember where your hundreds of agents are on the board. If any go passive from completing a mission, but you forget about them, you'll be stuck paying upkeep for nothing for the rest of the game.

The game does give you a master plan button that automatically executes missions if they're successful within a certain probability, but still, you're just doing the same thing over and over again. The hardest part of the game is upkeep since agents cost $15k per turn in the field. You'll buy a bunch of agents since you have so much to do, but then you won't be able to afford more towards the game's end where you're mopping countries up. I guess the capitalist campaign was easier since you didn't have to do as much of this though, and you already start with the Middle East which gives you a boatload of resources. As the commies, I just influenced Iran, Iraq, Saudis, then Argentina and Brazil at the same time that I mopped up the Middle East. Then I took Japan, Pakistan, Thailand, Norway, Finland, France, Mexico, Italy, Britain, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, and Canada. The computer took Poland, Czechoslavkia, Hungary, Vietnam, Angola, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Laos from me, but who cares? I even got spontaneous revolts in Greece, Turkey, Algeria, Peru, Bolivia, Burma, Malaysia, Mozambique, and Chile.

I dunno... I beat the game by 1970 both as capitalists and communists. It just wasn't that much of a challenge even if it's harder to take Belgium than Britain. South Korea and West Germany are a pain in the butt to influence also. China's a pain in the butt to take as Capitalists, but you just have to surround it with capitalist countries and let the domino effect work out. The communists don't start with many lands, so it's all about picking them off one by one until the Soviet Union and China are all that's left standing. When the computer spies on your homeland too, all you have to do is assassinate its agents one by one every game month. That kills its treasury very fast since it has to train skilled spies over and over. Without spies, Canada stops flip flopping too since assassins can kill the Pope and Kissinger so Che can get down to business.

The computer tried to kill me with Chernobyl in 1967, but did that work? Nope. This would be GREAT as a multiplayer game, but there's no option.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Unplayable due to graphical bugs. The game is a programming mess do not buy.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Though it looks extremely fun, the fact that it doesn't adjust to fit screens, and you have no graphics adjustment controls... This game is altogether unplayable.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This game is basically unplayable. The interface is buggy and locked to non-widescreen tiny resolutions, and the way the game plays does not feel very well thought out.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
wont even ♥♥♥♥♥♥ start 0/10
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This is a pretty terrible port/update for one reason: It's not really designed to be played on different-sized monitors. This means the text doesn't fit into the boxes it's supposed to fit into, and frequently bleeds out past the edges of the screen.

Since this is a spreadsheet-style strategy game, this makes the game pretty much unplayable.

Shame. Hopefully this will be fixed at some point.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
As a International Relations major: Best Idea Ever
As a Gamer: Difficult UI makes it near impossible to play
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
WIth bug fixes, graphics updates, a better tutorial system, better controls, less micromanagement, more events and better sounds this would be a great game, but at the moment it appears to be a flash game with crippling issues.
If you are looking for something to put about one hour into then this is it. But for anything else it doesn't really perform to any standards.
If you get it on sale then it maybe worth it at but full price this game is terrible, and when something like FTL is the same price then it's just laughable.
Maybe in a year if they sudio works on it abit more, but not now...
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This game is awesome. For €2 i got my desktop rearranged from 1280x720 to 1024x768 and this awesome message:

Unhandled Exception in your application. If you click continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. Font 'Arial Narrow' does not support style 'Regular'

After that, the game wouldnt let me exit it and steam started acting up about the game was alread started.

I can't wait for a sequel.

(seriously, why is a piece of horrible ♥♥♥♥ like this allowed on Steam? I've had students in programming who wrote more stable and functional software)
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Way to complex! There are too many things to keep track of, and for the love of mercy Cuba is impossible to click on!
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Unbelievably broken... I manage to barely get to the menu screen, but it wont load the campaings. I imagine the game (If it works) is pretty good though...
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