Nobody likes a loser - ask Graham Taylor. The hstory of the world is written by those who have the conviction to win and you can take your place among them with Impressions' latest strategy sim. Global Domination enables you and up to four human or Amiga-controlled opponents to take part in a monumental struggle for power where cunning, brute force and management of scarce resources play an equal part.
Each player is given a limited amount of territory at the beginning of the game and you have to expand your empire into netural and occupied zones, grinding down your opponents to the point where they completely disappear.
The game comes across as a less sophisticated incarnation of Civilization. The technical advances and people management elements have been dispensed with in favour of some straightforward conquering, and it all works jolly well too. The icon-driven control system is easy to use and you are soon taking on the likes of Napoleon, Genghis Khan and Queen Victoria at their own Empire-building game.
There are plenty of random elements - such as revolutions and surprise attacks - to keep the gameplay interesting and there are lots of difficulty, world-creation and even modem options to keep the most avid wargamer hooked for weeks.
You do not expect fancy graphics in a game like this and, sure enough, you do not really get any, but there are some neat sound samples and a stirring Wagnerian soundtrack to draw you in. This emerges as one of Impressions' most playable and addictive games yet, but at £34.99 it is overpriced.