What are war games?

For as long as wars have been waged, there have been games made to simulate them – just look at chess!Nowadays, we have access to much more recognisable war-like games to enjoy. These games, unlike chess, don’t require you to use your imagination. Depending on where and when they’re set, players might compete using tanks, planes, horse-riding archers, dragons, ravenous alien monsters, and just about every other combatant it’s possible to imagine. Most of the time, you’re fighting on a playing area known as a map, which might contain mountains, trees, rivers, and other types of movement-restricting scenery. To emerge victorious, you’ll need to maneuver your troops around these obstacles and avoid being outmaneuvered yourself.The earliest video games to involve war came about in the late 1970s, with the release of Squad Leader by Avalon Hill. To begin with, these games were straight adaptations of the turn-based tabletop war games already available. As computing power increased, so did the complexity of the games. The Command & Conquer series from Westwood Studios brought real-time strategy to the masses in the 1990s, while the Warcraft and Starcraft games by Blizzard did the same thing in fantasy and science-fiction settings.Nowadays, the war-game genre is incredibly varied. There are astonishingly accurate simulations, fast-paced click-em-ups, refined puzzle games that’ll test your decision-making, and competitive tank shooters that rely on your ability to hide behind cover and shoot when the opportunity arises. They all bring something a little different to the genre, but they’re still all united by the overarching theme of warfare.At Gamepix, we have a wide assortment of war games to choose from. Like all of our games, they’re available in HTML5, which means that you’ll be able to play them on whatever device and browser you’re using.

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