“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 (63 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Many of these reviews are a mess and don't talk about the game itself. The game is very...interesting. I think its best to do pros and cons

Pros:
Good theme: The game really feels like a struggle against the enemy.
What is simulated right, is simulated right: The system does a great job of simulating lots of concepts from the war, such as the domino effect, the communist sandwhich, the iron curtain, etc. Also the heroes that are simulated decently well.

Cons:
Horrible UI: Probably one of the worst I can remember. Some things are so absent that you wonder if they even put any thought about it at all.
Confusing Concepts: Why doesn't weapons seem to help arrest attempts? What does the military score really mean? Why do the chance percentages seem to be weird? How do I even stop Che? Why would I ever intervene militarily? I've read the manual, and I still don't even understand half of the game.
...And then there's what's not simulated right at all: Or just plain absent. Why are my agents of the CIA being arrested, IN AMERICA? Why is Che an unstoppable monster? Why isn't there anyone else fighting for my block? I very much remember much of the cold war was spend secretly funding other revolutionary groups. In this one it seems like there's no element of any one else, just you and them, but it seems like you are just playing political leveraging, and less covert operations. Lots of stuff just feels wrong.
Random Access Memories: The random events just feel weird. The events work and make sense, but their random nature makes it really weird. Chernobyl had a meltdown in 1967. Its just weird.
Real, Real-time simulation: As nice as it is progressing one month at a time, it makes the game drag on and on and on. Its excruciating when there's nothing to do but press end turn.


Overall: Just wait for Twilight Struggle PC. It'll probably be better.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Although a cool concept, its UI is terrible, it cant run on native screen resolutions leaving some of the Ui offscreen!!Also although you can edit which messages you want to see, you still have 132503 popup messages all the time since if you close em you ll miss important pop ups.NOT reccomended.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
okay i would like to say that i really gave this game a fair chance but i am actually so annoyed that i have taken the time to write a review: here are my problems

1) This game does not work on the proper resolutions
2) There is no tutorial for this game, it constantly tells you to read the manual... which does not contain any additional information either. i tried to look up some youtube videos but i could find only one person explaining the game...
3) The chance system makes no sense... i had a 91% chance of succes to do something and yet it managed to fail 5 times in a row... (statistically the chances of that happening are really verry low: 0,0000059%) i have no problem playing a game based on statistics but if you make such a game... then make it properly.
4) There is no way to save your game.. you can only use autosaves
5) You cannot skip any of the movies (and they take a really long time)
6) When i first played this game a while ago it would not even start properly

In a nutshell... the topic of this game is pretty cool and i would understand peoples attraction to it.... however it is a waste of time.... you spend more time watching the movies then actually playing... and for most of the time you really have no idea what you are doing
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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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9 of 13 people (69%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
it is a wonderful game
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9 of 17 people (53%) 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 9 people (44%) 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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6 of 14 people (43%) 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 11 people (36%) 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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3 of 9 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 5 people (20%) 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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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
♥♥♥♥ty game. Its not finished. The UI is really bad. Interesting concept, but its generally unplayable. I think they finished about 80% of the game and then just decided to publish it. Very sloppy.
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3 of 10 people (30%) 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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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
wont even ♥♥♥♥♥♥ start 0/10
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
It could definetly (spelling?) be 100x better. but its not.
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0 of 6 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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3 of 13 people (23%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
It does not even work half 75% of the time, do not buy.
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
before i go on to a full blown rant the game or steam has a glitch that say u still on game when u not
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