April 22, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Assuming the leadership of any one of 16 countries, players negotiate treaties, deploy armed forces, and shore up their economies in this complex, menu-driven brain strainer. But while it’s hard to dislike any game that includes options like ”aid terrorism” and ”manipulate media,” Third World War is a bit dull-by the time the shooting starts, you’ll probably have tuned in CNN to catch the real thing. C

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