Conflicts: Operation Barbarossa is a turn based strategy game which takes place on the eastern front during the Second World War. You are in the command of the German WWII armed forces - tanks, infantry and airforce units - and the object of the game is to conquer the Soviet Union as quickly as possible. To have a chance to seize the top spot in the Hall of Fame you need to skillfully encircle scores of Red Army infantry units with your panzers, while battling both the feared T-34 tank units and the notorious Russian weather.
If you want to test this game, a LITE version is available for free. It includes all the features, but the game will stop after you have reached over 30 VPs.
+ Campaign mirrors the historical setup.
+ Hall of Fame - See how you compare to other commanders.
+ Variation: Each time you start a game the setup is a little bit different. Similarly the strategy and tactics used by the Red Army vary according to the flow of the game.
+ Reinforcements and replacement units, plus new unit types if the war lasts several years.
+ Weather modelling: Spring/autumn Mud slows movement, while winter reduces line-of-sight and freezing cold hampers units (especially mechanized ones).
+ Automatically saves current game.
+ Many settings to alter the look of the gaming experience: different icon sets for units, custom font and map size.
+ A large range of units under your command: tanks, infantry, mobilised infantry, weak Axis infantry, SS troops, the German airforce and espionage units. Meanwhile, the Red Army starts with weaker infantry, cavalry and tank units, but as the weeks pass, is reinforced with stronger Siberian and T-34 tank units.
In order to be a victorious general, you must learn to coordinate your attacks in two ways. First, as adjacent units give support to an attacking unit, keep your units in groups in order to gain local superiority. Secondly, it is rarely a good idea to use brute force when it is possible to encircle the enemy and cut off its supply lines instead.
One of the compliments that the game has received is that many users have compared it favourably to games by Avalon Hill and GMT.