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‘Pacific Tide: The United States versus Japan, 1941-45’ is Now Available from Compass Games

Pacific Tide: The United States Versus Japan 1941-45 (Compass Games)A new wargame covering the Pacific battles of WWII is now available from Compass Games. Pacific Tide: The United States versus Japan, 1941-45 is a card driven look at the entire campaign as The United States (as well as varied Commonwealth forces) go toe to toe against the power of the Imperial Japanese Empire. The game is for two players, plays in around two to four hours, and carries an MSRP of $59.00 but you can score the game right now at a discounted price of $42.00.

From Compass Games:

Pacific Tide: The United States versus Japan, 1941-45 is a compact, strategic-level game covering the struggle between the United States (including some Commonwealth forces) and Japan in World War II by game designer, Gregory M. Smith. This game utilizes a unique and fast-paced, card-driven combat/build system revolving around carrier operations which will provide players with a multitude of decisions. While extremely competitive as a two-player game, Pacific Tide can be enjoyed again and again in solitaire play format with its unique, “personality” driven bot system.

Despite the strategic level of the game, there are operational and even tactical nuances, as players must decide when and how to commit their carrier forces, land-based air, and even their intelligence assets. To a degree, the Japanese player is racing against the clock. The quality of his pilots degrades over time, and starting in 1943, he also loses the strategic initiative as he becomes the second player. The US Player is also fighting the clock, as he cannot sit back and take a relaxed approach to defeating Japan. If he doesn’t win by 1945, he doesn’t win at all. Tension build as both sides race toward decisive carrier battles and seizure of key geographical objectives.

The card-based combat/build system is a different take on the “normal” event/operations points driven systems. Separate card decks are provided for the U.S. and Japanese player. Each year, the players receive that year’s cards for free…but must use build points to repurchase older cards. This will cause the player a few agonizing moments, as he typically cannot afford to re-buy every card he needs (or thinks he needs). Players must also decide which aspect of cards to use – many have multiple but exclusive uses (such as, “Do A or do B”) and these uses sometimes give very different results based on operational or strategic needs at the time. To help ensure a tense and dynamic game, the system forces players to make many choices and decisions throughout play.

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