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The Ancient Art of War

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (212.56 KB)
MD5: 064ee3e25021b8c431b1c3ae258e7ef7
For System 1 - 5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (150.55 KB)
MD5: b28cc7637d7648960c06caeef026dffb
For System 1 - 5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: Mini vMac Mini vMac II

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

Download #1 is a bootable .dsk file of the original 1985 release.


Download #2 is version 3.0 from 1989, which seems to be copy-protected and unusable.


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 its 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

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Will not run under System 6 and 7...


Franky233's picture
by Franky233 - 2021, May 4 - 8:50pm

I've tested both versions. Looks like the one provided by Bolkonskij is the same version 3, but hacked... And after some verifications with ResEdit, there is only the code resource inside the app, nothing else. The unhacked one runs with the same image (hacked version), but shows a message instantly saying the disk (or game) is not complete. So, I should assume all versions works only from system versions before System 6. Just like Balance of Power...

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.