Matrix Games Annual Sale


Matrix Games is holding an annual sale right now, which is a pretty good deal. I blow kind of hot and cold with standalone computer wargames these days, because I guess I haven’t seen much to compare to the old glory days of John Tiller games and Talonsoft. Still, Matrix Games hangs in there and cranks out turn based wargames for the PC, and if I’m going to play a computer game (not internet based) that’s the kind I want to play– so I give them some hard earned coin once in a while. Without a doubt, their record has been spotty in recent years. I’m not the fan I once was after EMPIRES IN ARMS came out, though I set that one up with my own expectations. Regardless, they still make some great games. I picked up REVOLUTION UNDER SIEGE earlier in the year, which is pretty good, although it plays like a lot of Ageod games.

There’s no coupon code involved, but here’s the prices and discount levels.

Product Name Normal Price Sale Price You Save Discount
Across the Dnepr Second Edition $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
AI War Alien Bundle $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
American Civil War – The Blue and the Gray $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Armada 2526 $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Armada 2526 Supernova $14.99 $10.99 $4.00 27%
Battle Academy $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Battle Academy – Blitzkrieg France $14.99 $10.99 $4.00 27%
Battle of Britain II – Wings of Victory $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Battlefront $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Battles In Italy $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Battles in Normandy $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Birth of America $14.99 $10.99 $4.00 27%
Birth of America 2: Wars in America $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Campaigns on the Danube 1805 + 1809 $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Carriers at War $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Chariots of War $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Close Combat: Cross of Iron $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%

Close Combat: Last Stand Arnhem $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%

Close Combat: Modern Tactics $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Close Combat: The Longest Day $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Close Combat: Wacht am Rhein $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Combat Command: The Matrix Edition $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge $59.99 $40.99 $19.00 32%
Commander – Europe At War Gold $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Commander – Napoleon At War $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Conquest Of The Aegean $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Conquest! Medieval Realms $19.99 $6.99 $13.00 65%
Crown of Glory: Emperors Edition $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Distant Worlds $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Distant Worlds – Return of the Shakturi $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Empires In Arms $59.99 $40.99 $19.00 32%
Field of Glory $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Field of Glory – Eternal Empire $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Field of Glory – Immortal Fire $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Field of Glory – Legions Triumphant $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Field of Glory – Rise of Rome $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Field of Glory – Storm of Arrows $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Field of Glory – Swords and Scimitars $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Flashpoint Germany $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
For Liberty! $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Forge of Freedom $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Frozen Synapse $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Gary Grigsbys Eagle Day to Bombing of the Reich $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Gary Grigsbys War Between The States $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Gary Grigsbys War in the East $79.99 $53.99 $26.00 33%
Gary Grigsbys World at War: A World Divided $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Gates Of Troy $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Great Invasions $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Guns of August 1914-1918 $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Hannibal: Rome and Carthage $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Harpoon Ultimate Edition $59.99 $40.99 $19.00 32%
Highway to the Reich $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Highway to the Reich Strategy Guide $14.99 $10.99 $4.00 27%
Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
HISTORY Great Battles Medieval $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Hornet Leader PC $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Horse and Musket: Volume I $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
John Tillers Battleground Civil War $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
John Tillers Battleground Napoleonic Wars $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
John Tillers Campaign Series $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets $49.99 $33.99 $16.00 32%
Korsun Pocket $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Legion Arena Gold $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Legion Gold $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Making History II: The War of the World $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Maximum Football v2 $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Napoleon in Italy $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Norm Kogers The Operational Art of War III $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
Officers – The Matrix Edition $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Operation Barbarossa – The Struggle for Russia $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Panzer Command: Ostfront $34.99 $23.99 $11.00 31%
Panzer Corps: Wehrmacht $39.99 $19.99 $20.00 50%
Revolution Under Siege $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Smugglers IV – Doomsday $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Spartan $19.99 $13.99 $6.00 30%
Star Sentinel Tactics $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Starships Unlimited v3 $24.99 $16.99 $8.00 32%
Steel Panthers: World at War – Generals Edition $69.99 $46.99 $23.00 33%
Storm over the Pacific $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Tin Soldiers: Julius Caesar $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
Uncommon Valor $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%
War In The Pacific $59.99 $40.99 $19.00 32%
War in the Pacific – Admirals Edition $79.99 $53.99 $26.00 33%
War Plan Orange: Dreadnoughts in the Pacific 1922 – 1930 $44.99 $30.99 $14.00 31%
World War II: General Commander $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
World War One Gold $39.99 $26.99 $13.00 33%
WW2: Time of Wrath $29.99 $20.99 $9.00 30%

Of these choices, I’d recommend War Plan Orange, Uncommon Valor, the Pacific War, Hannibal Rome and Carthage, Grigsby’s War in the East, Flashpoint Germany and Panzer Corps. Worth picking up.

I took advantage of the sale by purchasing FIELD OF GLORY, which is Slitherine’s adaption of Osprey Publishing successful ancient miniatures rules system. I may review this in depth at some point after playing it for a while. My initial impressions are that it is pretty impressive in terms of scenarios and interface but it isn’t the smartest game in the world. I’ve won every battle I’ve tried with it so far, even in situations where I’ve taken a substantially weakened position.

Field of Glory Screen Shot

Me kicking Carthaginian Butt. Just ignore that elephant.

I picked up the base game and the RISE OF ROME expansion. I am not disappointed, they are very entertaining, if not exactly the same thing as miniature wargames on my computer (which is what I was hoping for).

If you like turn based wargames you’ll probably feel sick if you miss this one. These are good deals.

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