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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 6 votes out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    11,368
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 15, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    305.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #27 in Board Games

Editors' Review

Strategic board games let players test their generalship in wars of conquest. TripleA is a free, open-source, Java-based pack containing several strategy games with single-player, multiplayer, and online modes, with more available online. Players manage vast armies of men and weapons, including ships, planes, tanks, and transports, supplies, and other resources. Rolling virtual dice simulates the random element in battle, but different values for various elements mean that strategy trumps chance, at least for skillful generals.

TripleA downloads and installs normally but requires the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) to open, but that's free, too, and easy to install. TripleA's plain start-up screen let us start a new game, but we could also choose another game, load a saved game, start local and online game sessions, download games and maps, and configure game options from this same central point. Clicking Choose a Game let us choose from Big World: 1942, the default game; the classic Capture the Flag; Great War, a WWI game; and Minimap, a quick two-player game. We opted to refight World War II and clicked Play and then Start Local Game. The setup let us choose which armies to play by selecting Human from a list that also offered two AI opponents, E.Z. Fodder and Moore N. Able, to manage the other allied and enemy armies. Selecting Human for all armies lets you play against yourself, while selecting an AI opponent lets the game initiate attacks. Big World: 1942 opened with an interactive global map board with tabs for History, Stats, and Territory. If you've played Risk, you know the basic premise of TripleA's games, which involve moving armies, engaging in battle (rolling the dice), and amassing more pieces to conquer more territory. Instead of dice and a cup, TripleA's pop-up dice-rolling screen contains information about your move, resources, and status. We could even calculate the odds of a battle succeeding, based on the amassed forces.

Why fight your own battles when you can fight someone else's, like, say, Napoleon's? Strategic board games like TripleA offer a level of complexity and detail that is reminiscent of the real thing, but they can also be as simple as a duel. TripleA is an excellent portal to a world of historical and fantasy scenarios ranging from the Roman Empire to WWII to zombie hordes and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8.0.3
    Version 1.8.0.3:
  • Host freezing and crashing fixed.
  • TripleA now has Dedicated Servers, which allow hosting online games for people who do not know how to set up their own host.
  • New games included: Chess, Checkers, and Go, as well as a huge update to Great War (world war 1 game).
  • Battle Calculator updated to show far more information, and allow determining retreats and order of losses.
  • New options in Edit Mode to change politics, and add units which can't normally be produced.
  • Sounds now play for clients in online games.
  • Fixed several bugs.
  • Many new features, and many updates behind the scenes, as well as new features for mod creators.
  • Can make a savegame at any point in history by right clicking that history node.
  • New Keyboard Shortcuts: "F" for find units, which highlights all available units with movement left, "I" for unit/territory info, "N" for cycling through units with movement left, and "WASD" or arrow keys for scrolling around the map.
  • TripleA now checks once per month if it is out of date, or if any of its maps are out of date, and informs you.
General
Publisher TripleA
Publisher web site http://www.triplea-game.org/
Release Date April 11, 2014
Date Added April 15, 2014
Version 1.8.0.3
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Board Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements Java 6.0
Download Information
File Size 305.54MB
File Name triplea_1_8_0_3_windows_installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,368
Downloads Last Week 6
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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