Featured Items
Games
Software Demos Recommended News
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.
Release Date: Mar 21, 2014
Watch HD video

Buy Strategic War in Europe

$14.99

Recent updates View all (2)

Strategic War in Europe Achievements fixed

June 5th, 2014

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.

Have fun playing.

5 comments Read more

Strategic War in Europe now with Workshop

May 5th, 2014

Wastelands Interactive is happy to announce that Strategic War in Europe now supports STEAM Workshop.

Now you can not only share your work on scenarios and graphics, but also download and use the content created by other community members.

Releasing the STEAM workshop support for Strategic War in Europe fits with our policy of cooperating with modders and supporting games for a long time.

Unleash your creativity and make good use of this tool!

1 comments Read more

Steam Greenlight

About the 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
38 of 44 people (86%) found this review helpful
809 products in account
7 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
A first impressions review. I've just played my first game without bothering to do the tutorial or read the manual. Of course I lost, but my point is that it's easy enough to figure out how to play it as you go along. Sure, there's things I still don't understand, but my first impression is that it's a quick, fun and easy game to play, even if you don't fully understand everything that's going on.

Some of the game mechanics are a little unusual, but simple enough once you get used to them. Navies are just set and forget, you send them to a sea area and they conduct battles on their own, so there's no naval manoeuvring as such, which is convenient if you just want to concentrate on the land combat. Multiple units can attack an enemy simultaneously, which is a nice touch.

It's a strategic level game of course, as the title indicates, so you have to deal with research, production, supply and so on. I didn't learn much about them in my first game but they seem straightforward enough. Compared to Hearts of Iron or Making History, this is a tiny game that focuses just on Europe. In spite of its relative simplicity (or perhaps because of), this is a great way to experience the European theatre of WW2 quickly, possibly in one sitting, which makes a nice change from games that take weeks to play.

As is typical of wargames, the graphics are hardly state of the art, but they are quite functional, and the game is highly playable as a result. They actually look better (sharper and clearer) than the screenshots above when you play it. There are options to display the map and units in different ways so you can choose the one you like the best.

Some have said that the interface is confusing but it seems straightforward enough to me. Once you become familiar with it you should have no problems. Others have reported crashes and bugs, but I've encountered none so far (I've been playing it on Win XP). Some also say the music is terrible but it sounds fine to me. Maybe they just don't like the style? You can turn it off of course, if you don't like it.

To sum up, 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. It would suit anyone who's interested in WW2 and wants to replay the entire war quickly and easily, without the insane depth and complexity of games like HOI. As such I think it's an ideal introduction for newcomers to strategic scale wargames.
Posted: April 7th, 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes No
37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
821 products in account
10 reviews
5.3 hrs on record
The game is easy to pick up but at the same time allows you enough freedom and has enough depth to be enjoyable over many replays. You can take command of any of the countries represented in European theatre of WW2, including the small ones, you can also direct several countries, so if you want to e.g. control all Axis, it is possible. The economy and research are very simple, with the main stress placed on combat. The basic scale is corps size, but you can divide and merge units too, which gives a lot of control. In the spirit of simplicity the game displays actual effective strength, not the size of the unit, so you do not need to calculate things like lack of supply commanders etc. Land combat works really well, even modelling things like sieges. Unfortunately naval combat is a bit obscure and boring (especially sub raiding, with the results hidden in advanced reports and not displayed). Still, the game is really fun, easy to mod and occupies the middle ground between simplistic and very complicated wargames.
Posted: March 23rd, 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes No
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
24 products in account
2 reviews
15.2 hrs on record
I think this is a great game, and with a bit of work, a great W.I.P. Of course, there are part's of this game that are lacking, however as long as you come into it just wanting to have a bit of fun rather than put exceptionally high standerd's on this, it's a pretty fun strategy game. I truley believe with some more work this can easily be an amazing strategy game, maybe one of the best Hex-based too.

Pros: Easy to learn
Play as many countries that were not just "The big ones" such as Turkey, Finnland, Iraq Etc Etc
History Friendly (Unless you feel devilish and decied to follow a different path)
Interesting research aspect
Can be modded quite easily

Cons: Can be very hard, even on Super Easy, depending on who you play as
One map...
No random generated map (Would be interesting to see this appear)
Modding the game can be frustrating as not always will it work

TL;DR: Overall a fun game. Could use some touch up's here and there, but as long as your expectations are not high, can easily provide hours of WW2 fun
Posted: May 3rd, 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes No
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
7 reviews
15.5 hrs on record
A decent entry level strategy game. While not as deep as games such as Hearts of Iron, it offers a fair amount of depth. Things like research and diplomacy are in the game, but not so detailed or timed consumer that they take away from the game. If you are looking for something fun that can be played in a few sittings then consider Strategic war in Europe.

Key points of the game

Unit types:

The types of units include Infantry, Mechanized, Armor, Airborne, Fighters, tactical bombers, strategic Bombers, and a verity of Naval units. Land units (except Airborne which are corps) can be bought as either army or corps. Armies are bigger and thus cost more. Depending on the size and type of unit it will be ready for deployment in 1 - 3 turns.

Research:

Players can research, infantry, armor airplanes, navel, subs and nuclear bombs. Nuclear bombs are only one level (you either have them or you don't) and once you do you gain a bomb every few turns which can be dropped by one of your strategic bombers.
All the others come in five levels (some countries start at higher levels than others) and each level needs 100 points to reach. Players spend production points to increase research effort in the area of their choice. Any area can have up to three investments (represented by light bulbs), the first one cost 200, but the price for future ones goes down as the research gets closer to the 100 mark. For example if you buy all three investments upfront it will cost you 600 (3 * 200); but if you buy the initial 200 and wait a few turns the next investment might only cost 170. I seen it go as low as 30 when it was 87 out of the 100 needed. Of course once 100 is reached that level is unlocked and all the light bulbs go out and the player must start investing again
Nukes work slightly differently, there is only one level that needs 800 point and the initial investment is 1000 production points.
As new levels unlock better units can be bought at an increased price. For example if you ahve 4 levels of infantry unlocked you can buy them at any of those four levels.

Mod support:

While there is not allot of stuff in the workshop yet the game does allow for mods. Want to change something, simply ask the developers on the forums and they will point you in the right direction. They even explain to one user how to remove the turn limit

Scenarios:
There are a great number of scenarios included; ranging from beginning of D-day (13 turns) to full campaign (70 turns). Other options start with Operation Barbarossa and even a what if, that has the Allies fighting the Russians after the fall of Germany

Play as any country or countries:
One thing I really like is the ability to play as multiple countries. Where most games let you only play one, here you can play as many as you like. This really helps in saturations like the invasion of Russia where in many games the players German troops get stuck behind the AI Italian or minor axis allies forces. In fact if you want to play as all the axis, all the allies or as Russia there is even a quick start where you pick a faction and control all the nations in it

Difficulty set by country:

You can set the difficulty level for each country in the game. The different levels adjust how much income the nations receives. This allows you to boost or subtract from nations for some interesting what if. Say the Italian economy was more in line with the other nations, or America was not the economic powerhouse that it turned out to be.

CONS:

Like any game Strategic War in Europe does come with its faults. The two biggest are: Random crashes and achievements not opening up. In both cases the developers are on the forums discussing the issues and are actively working the solution
Posted: May 27th, 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes No
119 of 206 people (58%) found this review helpful
126 products in account
1 review
0.6 hrs on record
This is not a finished product. Tons of bugs make it impossible to play. For instance the screen will fill all hexes with clouds, so good luck seeing what units are behind them. Sounds on most "clicks" are like squaky doors. Music is terribly bad. UI is counter-intuitive. Map is ugly and sprites are worse.
If you love a good strategy game, don't buy this because it's not stable, it's not good and it's fugly as hell.
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes No