Conflict – Middle East Political Simulator (<1Mb)

Conflict is a Historical Managerial Strategy Top Down Turn Based Warfare game created by Mastertronic Group Ltd in 1990 and distributed by Virgin Mastertronic.
Put into the role of the new Israeli Prime Minister in January 1997 just after the previous one was assassinated, you are thrust into the corrupt world of fantasy Middle Eastern politics.

As Prime Minister (PM), you need to make diplomatic relations with your neighbors either for better or worse, whichever suits you, and make sure you stay on top at all times. You don’t need to worry about Lebanon or Jordan. The countries of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, should be your top priorities. I’ll explain this in further detail.

You can only go to war with the countries neighboring Israel. Lebanon is easy since you can usually win a war with them within a single month if you have a lot of tanks and air forces. Jordan usually takes about two to three months to conquer. Syria is a challenge, but can still be beaten, especially if you build up forces on the border quickly and invade. Egypt is pretty much a no-go. They have a superior military, air force, and resources. The only ways I found to beat them are either an extremely lucky sneak attack, attacking them while they are at war with Libya, or taking them out by supporting insurgents in their country. The last option is the easiest. I once won an entire game by using this tactic. The only way to get rid of countries like Libya, Iraq, and Iran, is to support insurgents.

Yes, the way to win the game is by being the last stable country in the Middle East. That in itself is easier said than done. Ending up going to war with either Syria or Egypt when you aren’t ready happens quite often, or one of the nations will acquire nuclear technology before you do and nuke you.

On top of either becoming friends or enemies with your surrounding countries, you have options such as buying weapons and such from France, the U.S., Britain, or the Black Market. You can take strategic actions against your neighbors such as posting troops on their adjacent borders, making tactical air strikes, and invading. You can fund Israel’s nuclear program (which is actually a good idea) and also take care of problems with the Palestinians. Usually for me, things are okay and I never need to post a brigade, but every once in awhile I need my police to go in and knock some heads around.

Every year at around July, a summit is called, and if you go to it, the U.S. usually wants you to either stop increasing the size of your army for two years or make a homeland for Palestinians. I usually allow the Palestinian homeland, but ignore their wanting to stop my army’s growth.

At the end of the year, you either have the option to increase your defense budget, leave it the same, or decrease it. Increasing it too much can cause problems, so be careful!


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