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Balance of Power

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MD5: 3fa85ff178f3366deb8825de5cd264de
For System 1 - 5
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MD5: 7a33429df52794735de5ba8cd169bd05
For System 1 - 5
This game works with: Mini vMac Mini vMac II

This is the 1985 original edition of this game.

Balance of Power is a computer strategy game of geopolitics during the Cold War, created by Chris Crawford and published in 1985 on the Macintosh by Mindscape, followed by ports to a variety of platforms over the next two years.
In the game, the player takes the role of the President of the United States or General Secretary of the Soviet Union. The goal is to improve the player's country's standing in the world relative to the other superpower. During each yearly turn, random events occur that may have effects on the player's international prestige. The player can choose to respond to these events in various ways, which may prompt a response from the other superpower. This creates brinkmanship situations between the two nations, potentially escalating to a nuclear war, which ends the game.
Crawford was already well-known, especially for Eastern Front (1941). His 1984 announcement that he was moving to the Macintosh platform to work on a new concept generated considerable interest. It was widely reviewed after its release, including an extremely positive review in The New York Times Magazine. It was praised for its inventive non-action gameplay that was nevertheless exciting and distinct. It has been named by Computer Gaming World as one of the most innovative computer games of all time.
Balance of Power was successful on the Mac, and combined with ports it ultimately sold over a quarter million units.

excerpt from Wikipedia

For the later 1990 edition, just see here.

DC42 images present here are compressed with StuffIt 1.5.1 and are in MFS format.

Note: As the original version is copy-protected (see screenshot #4), I've managed to create a full working English version (DL#1) from a French modified version (DL#2). Enjoy! Wink


Architecture: 68k

Actually, those versions would only works within the file "System" included in the images. And, unfortunately, they're only working with Mini vMac. I presume this is due to the hack (the Apple menu is not displayed, probably for the same reason).


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by Franky233 - 2020, December 25 - 11:53am

For those who should wanna know, I've created the English version by editing all the menus from the French version and corrected timestamps for having something coherent. For that little task, I've compared the French version with the 1990 edition... I've also replaced the Finder, by the way. Smile

I'm open to any questions you may have. Let me know if something is wrong with the menus...