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Apple Macintosh Software Game - 'Panzer Battles', 3½" Floppy Disk, 1990 Object Reg. No: HT 13664

'Panzer Battles' is a computer game on two floppy disks with two booklets, a supplement and two cards in a box. Made in Australia by Strategic Studies Group in 1989. Versions are available for the Amiga and the Apple IIgs computer systems. This particular version was released in 1990.

This is one of a series of games in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units for example battalions or artillery assets.

The series used the same format but different battle scenarios in different theatres of war. Titles included Battles in Normandy, Macarthur's War, Halls of Montezuma and Rommel. The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had high definition graphics.

The setting is the Eastern Front in World War II. There were six scenarios. There was also a campaign editor that allowed users to create their own scenarios, as many as they liked. The one player was the divisional or corps commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave general orders to battalions and regiments. The software would then micromanage the orders.

The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.

This object was collected because it was designed and produced by an Australian software development company, the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, that makes strategy war games.

This program was distinctive because it was developed for cross-platform use. Versions were available for the Apple II family , Apple IIgs, Commodore, the IBM PC and compatibles and the Macintosh and the Amiga computer systems.

In 1983, the donor's parents gave him an Apple II Europlus. He used it for essays, medical school assignments and games. He became especially interested in war games and he stated that an Australian Sydney-based company Strategic Studies Group had the best war games at that time, which he began and continued to collect.

It was also collected because it is representative of the use of the graphic user interface (GUI) introduced in 1983, even though the game itself was released in 1990.
This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
A white cardboard box in printed sleeve,. The box contains two floppy disks with labels, a booklet : game manual of 32 and a booklet Scenario Booklet of 24 pages , a supplement of 4 pages, a registration card and a blue order form/ post card
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Chee-Yan Hiew, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 185 mm (Width), 245 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Approximate case dimensions.

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Tagged with: computer games, computer software, computers, computing, education, entertainment, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: On sleeve: " Panza Battles - Roger Keating, Danny Stevens, Ian Trout"
with a sticker:
" Mac/Plus SE/II/ IIcx
Full colour Program; multi finder compatible,
1 Megabyte Required
not Copy protected

The rear has introduction and screen image.
and the following text: " ©1989 Strategic Studies Group Made in Australia"

1: The booklet: "Game Manual - Battle Front Game System"
2: "Panza Battles Scenario booklet"

Floppy Disk Labels: "PANZA BATTLES- Disk One"
Version All Rights Reserved
Manufacturer: Strategic Studies Group, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990

Strategic studies group has been making computer games since 1983.
References: http://www.ssg.com.au/?page=about (accessed 13 August 2008)

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