Set during the events of WW2, Strategic War in Europe is a classic turn-based strategy game that combines a deep strategic layer with accessibility and ease-of-use.
User reviews: Mixed (49 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 21, 2014

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"...this is a fairly simple (but not too simple) game of WW2 in Europe, which can be played quickly and easily on a smallish map."
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June 5

Strategic War in Europe Achievements fixed

We have fixed the achievements issue in Strategic War in Europe, and now they are displayed and counted properly.
Please keep in mind that for some of the achievements, you need to keep your opponent as AI.

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About This Game

Strategic War in Europe takes you back in time to World War 2.

This game is about:
Panzer Corps
Waves of Infantry
World War 2
Land, Naval and Air battles
Providing supplies

Following the 'easy to learn, hard to master' design principle, Strategic War in Europe combines accessibility with a plethora of strategic options. A compact, large-scale map and clear basic rules will not overwhelm you, yet the choices you will be presented with should satisfy all your tactical needs. From overthrowing governments and researching new technologies, to securing air supremacy and supplying your troops by water and railway, Strategic War in Europe is a strategist's dream.
Seven scenarios with up to 25 controllable countries, each with five scaling difficulty settings make for an incredible replayability. When pitching yourself against the AI is not enough, Strategic War in Europe offers hot-seat and PBEM for all your multiplayer needs. Match your wits in an epic East vs. West showdown or try to survive together as Poland and Norway.

Muster Your Panzer Corps!
Prepare Waves Of Infantry!
The War Begins Now!

Main Features

  • Take over one or more of 25 countries, ranging from Nazi Germany to Iraq
  • Play through seven unique scenarios, including six historical from 1939 to 1944, and a fictional 1945 West vs. East campaign
  • Command hundreds of historical units and leaders
  • Declare wars, host elections and carry out coup d'etats
  • Experience dozens of historical events with great repercussions on gameplay
  • Enjoy tactical battles, with weather, supplies and terrain all being important factors
  • Control the skies with air combat, recons, fighter interceptions, bombardment, and even nukes!
  • Sail the seas using a naval system that includes convoys, raiders and sea battles
  • Manage economy and research
  • Fight against your friends in hot-seat and Play By E-Mail multiplayer modes

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.8 Dual Core
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is very much in need of patches. there is so many little bugs along with some real big one's.

It's almost like it's a half finished beta. If it ever gets fixed it's going to be a outstanding game but for now don't buy it.

Oh and if you do buy it, save your game alot as it crashes,,,,,,,alot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Buy it on sale, the current price doesn't reflect the real price. Is it good? Yes, but for what it is the price is way too high.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Just sucks as a video game.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Strategic War in Europe is a turn-based grand strategy game. It’s often compared to Time of Fury as being smaller—in terms of scale and the time allowed to complete the game. Instead of a monstrous 300 turns, like some scenarios in Time of Fury, it only takes 70 turns to play the entire struggle from 1939-1945. The map covers an area from Norway in the north, North Africa and the Middle East in the south, the Urals in the east, and the Coast of the US and Canada in the west. It's at grand strategy level, which means you're focused on the larger scope of the war rather than every individual battle.Okay, so how does it play? It's quite good, for a budget title. It isn't as overwhelming as Hearts of Iron can be; it’s very manageable in terms of micromanagement. However, there are some technical issues that need to be corrected. The game can be a bit buggy at times. I had some issues with the sound which led to the game running really sluggish. I liked how the developers tried to simplify things, and it wasn’t too much. By comparison, the turn times are much faster than Time of Fury. It's moddable as well—this will add more enjoyment to the game. It fits in that happy medium of a grand strategy game focused in World War 2 Europe—a medium that strategy gamers like. This is a game that can be finished in a few hours rather than days or weeks. It isn't deep, but it’s not too shallow either. Overall 7/10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This is a very strange game, it is somewhat difficult to compare it to many other previous games based on the World War II Europe genre. For example, games like Panzer General, Making history, Axis and Allies or even Diplomacy to name a few. In truth, the closest I could think of to matching this format of game would be the old Avalon Hill tabletop game by the name of Rise and fall of the Third Reich circa 1970s. Although naturally this version is simpler or perhaps even somewhat overly simplified, it is not without its more pleasant charms. For example; the combat system is far less clumsy as well as boasting a production system that is not only fun and innovative but also more than a little challenging.

Before getting to that point however, it must be immediately noted that a patch will be required for anyone running Windows 7 or later. I found the necessary patch on Google, I admit it did take some patience and require no little amount of venting frustration but in the end I am more than pleased with the total game experience. The simple truth is, this is not a game for the arcade player or the typical armchair general.This game will require the player to command at least some knowledge of the second world war in Europe. The not overwhelmingly challenging so much as it is historically based. When playing Germany for example, a typical player will most likely be tempted to over-run Poland as quickly as possible in order to focus more quickly on France. What sets this game apart however; is that the allies will not deal with German aggression simply militarily. In fact I have found a refreshing change with this game lies along the channels of diplomacy and containment. In truth the scope is limited only by the imagination and the options available are as broad as one's own individual planning. In short this may be the first wargame set in Europe in which I truly feel that neither side has a clear advantage.

None of this is to say that this particular version is not without its faults or problems. If anything I see it as a "concept game". Innovations in this game may eventually find their way into future ideas.

In conclusion I would recommend this game, if for no other reason, than the price is reasonable and as a "beer and pretzels" concept, it does succeed in delivering what it advertises, no more or less.

With the Pacific theater version, "Storm over the Pacific" now available, I hope to eventually try that one as well for a full war experience.

Hope I was helpful.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I highly recommend this title if you are into strategy wargaming but don't want to get super complex like hearts of iron. Its sort of like a more involved axis and allies. This game is quite good, it is both accessible and deep. This is for patient people who enjoy thinking about strategy and then employing it. It takes a playthrough or two to really get a feel of everything. Reading the manual is highly recommended. Also great for any fan of WW2 as there are many historical points where you can choose how the war plays out. I have not encountered any bugs, game runs very well on my modest system. You can customize the game in a lot of ways, if you want to control entire alliances or just a single country you can do so. I love the hearts of Iron series but this game is like an 'arcade' version of that, in my opinion. Very fun, well made title. I'm glad Steam is putting out some real wargames like this and look forward to more in the future.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
3/5 Average game !

* OVERALL: First of all, I hated the fact that the game doesn't follow a standard campaign, a lot of people will love this feature since you can play different historical stages controlling all the nations that you want (Germany is fun, until those backstabbing Russians blow the ♥♥♥♥ out of you). I don't understand why people call this game a "SIMPLE TURN BASED STRATEGY GAME" to me this game is quite complex and might be worth the asking price o $15 for fans of the genre, there sure is a pretty big variety of troops to chose from since you can control dozens of countries each turn if you so chose to, but it sure isn't newbie friendly.

* REPLAYABILITY: If you're a fan of the genre you might quickly fall in love with this game, you're not limited to a few factions but instead you control the countries of your choosing and their whole armies and resources, you can have fun turning the tide of World War 2 as your strategic mastery may put the world at your heels. It's a little confusing to know when you have reached each stage's main objective though since you can continue playing until you conquer the whole of Europe or get stomped completely (I hate you Russia).

* GAMEPLAY: I have never been a great macro manageent strategy gamer, I have enjoyed completing the RTS campaign in Starcraft, Age of Empires 2 and Age of Mythology back in the day, I even played some online matches with some friends but I've never been an RTS buff. That said, the tutorial isn't very polished and sea units are very confusing to keep track of, at least for someone who hasn't played an RTS in a decade and want to try a simple strategy title as this title is advertised by a lot of people. After some tweaking you can get to see the map as hexagons and the individual Units display is very friendly to know the unit's remaining HP and Action Points, other than that I don't find it pretty newbie friendly at all, I'm more used to turn based RPGs that involve micro management instead of macro management.

* AESTHETIC: The visuals are pretty pleasing, you can change the display of the map and the units to suit more your personal taste but I find it very good, although I must point out that everything is static and when the unit attacks you just get some sounds so it's basically a board game re-imagined as a PC game, and there's nothing wrong with that, heck that's why a lot of people call it a "simple RTS".

* STORY: Now I should applaud the devs for this because they did their homework and they tell you about some key war events that you may or may not decide to fulfill exactly as history tells or decide to write your own history (you may decide to honor some peace treaties or attack former allies, or decide to deploy some historic squads into North Africa or deploy them in Europe). I did enjoy the historic content of this game, I only missed some key figures descriptions and added bonuses for historic accuracy, like having important generals such as Rommel or Montgomery with some description and a bonus if they commanded tank troops per example, but this was just a missed opportunity.

* MUSIC: The sounds are nice and the music is pretty good, although you don't have control over it and it's just an epic playlist on repeat, so after you had your share of hours some of the tunes might seem pretty repetitive to listen to once again. Still I enjoyed to listen to this game's score since it's pretty epic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
if you just bought or are going to buy this game. than you must know that it's waaaaaaaaaaay better than you expect !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
It is ok. But you should know that you play a turn limited (number or turns like 70 for 1939 to 1945) game if you get this one. I saw there is an 'editor' for this game but I didn't get a working one.

If you seek in depth then play Hearts of Iron II instead.

It is fun at stages.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
good game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
For much cheaper you can get a much better game with far more content 'Darkest Hour: A hearts of Iron Game'.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This game is constantly crashing and the tutorial and manual is very vague to the point where I have to guess how to play this bloody game! Don't bother with this game there are far better ones out there, I only wish I knew how to get my money back, I made a huge mistake, don't do the same mates.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
The game crashed every time a major battle or invasion was lanuched
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Turn limit, 13-70 turns to complete, depending on the mission. 70 being the complete game. Can't see how this is strategic since you have to hurry to complete. Go play Hearts of Iron instead.

Tutorial is worthless.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
My own fault for not reading all the way to the bottom of the description but PBEM is not co-op nor is it enjoyable.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Seems to have a lot of potential, but it's not there yet. Extremely buggy to the point of it being unplayable. Also the tutorial is basically just a wall of text, so you are left wondering what a bunch of things actually do. Developer should also hire an editor, as the huge number spelling and grammar mistakes make the game appear amateurish. Other than that, it's a blast.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Clumsy interface. Not worth the 3 dollars.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I've played as the USSR twice, starting in 1939. Twice I have lost by 1942, on "normal" difficulty.

I have many tech level 2 infantry armies by the time the Germans attack in the summer of 41, right on cue, but I am steamrolled by Panzer armies of 20+ strength. My best infantry armies have a strength of 8 at best. My two armored armies and three morotorized armies are similarly destroyed as if they were infantry corps. The strength of the german panzer units is just ridiculous.

They did not appear to have an air force, but then neither did I besides the two starting fighters, as one fighter is priced the same as 4 infantry armies. I was able to knock out the Baltic states and Finland after the pact with Germany triggered, sustaining no losses and narrowing my front.

It's not a matter of strategy or tactics. I have my defensive line dug in in the best defensive terrain available, behind rivers whenever possible. This is nothing new to anyone that has played this sort of game before. My armies are commanded by the best generals I have. I try to fall back before the onslaught, using defensive terrain. I have fresh reserves of infantry armies dug in around Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad. It matters not. They are rolled up by the spring of 1942, as while the winter impacted the movement points of the German legions, it did nothing to diminish their strength. They were well supplied and equipped, without a hint of trouble in their lines of supply as I retreated across the Urals again.

Look, the Germans should be kicking ♥♥♥ in 1941. I don't know if there are triggered events later on that lower the strength of their units as they get deeper in to Russia, but I'm not making it that far. The math just doesn't work when you've got a dozen 20 strength units that can wipe away your strength 7 units without taking losses.

There is a nice skeleton of a casual strategy game here, but it needs more work before I could reccomend this to anyone. At this point, I regret to say that it is not really worth the $7 I spent on it, without some serious updates.
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Not very difficult they will transated to spanish ,too
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2 of 15 people (13%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
IDK if the games suit to other people

just not my cup of tea
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