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The Ancient Art of War

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Year released:
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (212.56 KB)
MD5: 064ee3e25021b8c431b1c3ae258e7ef7
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Ancient_Art_of_War.sit (220.33 KB)
MD5: 598262c47c9249dbf43ba48ff3e097eb
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: Mini vMac

A prototypical real-time strategy game. Apply the teachings of Sun Tzu in a war of knights, barbarians and archers.

A note about the manuals available from above:
The first manual link above holds the AAOW 1984 manual as a PDF file
A Quick Reference Card is also available:

One of the best strategy games of all time, in my opinion. Focuses on tactics in battle, and even lets you control your units (somewhat) in real time battle. Very fun, and an inspiration to many other more recent games. - BH

The best game ever. Groundbreaking at it’s time and still incredibly fun today. If only someone would remake it with color, multiplayer etc it would be amazing. Highly recommended - I still prefer this game to any other in existence. - C.H.

One of my all time B&W favorites! - JDW

Followed by The Ancient Art of War at Sea.

A new version of The Ancient Art of War is now available for Windows, Mac and mobile devices and it is free. More information at

Architecture: 68k

Ancient Art of War is a bootable .dsk file, easy to use with Mini vMac or similar.

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Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2021, March 1 - 5:01pm

Not sure if the problem Arthegall described here 9 years ago is still persistant but I got the same error with the Disk Image he apparently had. I've uploaded a version of the game I've had locally saved. Both versions are from the 11th October 1985 and have the same amount of files. If it's simply a duplicate delete it please, I can't test it from this machine.

SlapHappyMacDaddy's picture
by SlapHappyMacDaddy - 2012, December 4 - 5:45am

Is the manual available anywhere? Thanks!

Arthegall's picture
by Arthegall - 2012, January 6 - 5:58pm

Disk image is corrupted/modified. It mounts and plays, but if you read through the text, internet links have been inserted.