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Patton Strikes Back: The Battle of the Bulge

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (13.41 MB)
MD5: 309fe33a589c136e16883ab91e58aadf
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

The sequel to Patton Versus Rommel, by Chris Crawford.

"In the wargame you can play as Americans or Germans on famous World War 2 battlefield - the Battle of the Bulge. Before the battle begins you can research visible enemy troops, choose your troops, show them preferred movement direction, and choose mode (attack, defence, etc.). After that the game begins in real-time. You can pause it in any time to request supplies and change your orders. Also the game has a historical documentation on events of this battle."

"Although Patton Strikes Back is unarguably the worst game of Crawford's career, it was a novel (and noble) attempt to attract non-wargamers to the fray through simplified combat, colorful animations, and excellent help functions and database. A commendable effort that would not be taken up again until SSI's phenomenal Panzer General." --Home of the Underdogs

Architecture: 68k

Black & white or 16 colours only; includes patched version that works with later System versions in 256 colors or more, but with monochrome graphics.


MCP's picture
by MCP - 2012, January 7 - 4:07am

It's DiskDup+ format. It can be used with emulators or with a number of programs on the old Mac OS. Often dragging them and dropping them on DiskCopy 6 will mount the image (but not always.) I'm pretty sure I used my PowerBook 540c's floppy drive to read the disks.

You're welcome!

Arthegall's picture
by Arthegall - 2012, January 6 - 4:05pm

Your archive is really well done. Thanks for the work! The text explanation file and images of the packaging and documentation are especially helpful.
One question: What software and hardware did you use to make the disk images? I'm not familiar with the .dsk ending.

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2011, September 23 - 6:48am

Now available is a new archive with images of the original game disks, PDF scans of the manual and box contents, some untested hack info, and the patched version that was previously uploaded, which makes the game compatible with later OS versions.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, December 20 - 11:18pm

Darn, I could have sworn that I had put this up. One of the best games ... ever.

I have the original disks.

And strange to see a "patched" version, presumably to avoid the manual lookup question. Chris Crawford described in some detail the lengths he went to, to prevent the game being hacked or patched like this. Has anyone managed to get to end game with the patched version ? One of the sound resources is intentionally corrupt to crash the game, and only by answering the manual question correctly does it get truncated to a safe size. Maybe he gave away too much detail in his book.