War games have been a essential part of military education and planning, especially for higher level officers, using everything from simple sand table models to elaborate computer-based systems. Originally Top Secret and costing millions to produce, computer based games are now available to everyone.
In the on-line game category, America's Army is a free war game, launched in 2009 as a recruiting tool by the US Army. It originally was developed for other platforms, but has been rewritten in the on-line format. The game presents a virtual world where players train to acquire military skills, then take on roles in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fleet level wargaming at the Naval War College, circa 1914.
A few war games have become extremely popular, such as Raven Shield and Risk at the linked Olive-Drab.com pages.
As an example of a modern computer-based game, try the highly recommended Aces High simulation of World War II air combat:
You should look at the large number of computer/video games listed by Amazon.com. For example, this search lists their games with WW II as the theme.
|Battlefront.com is the "Home of Superior War and Strategy Games". The site features excellent strategy
and war games that you can't get anywhere else. The military-minded games
and related products are aimed at the intelligent, thinking kind of gamers
who want something to challenge their brains, not their wrists.
|Bombs Away is maintained by gamers for gamers with a common interest in WWII flight sims, and online
gaming over the Internet, specifically for B-17 Flying Fortress II - The
|Kuma\War provides playable accurate re-creations of real war events released weeks after they occur. Missions are developed using advanced game technology and distributed online.|
|Operation Flashpoint is a complex, 3D action game, a very deep simulation of combat and military activity based on individual soldiers who gain experience and rank as the game proceeds. The original game is based on the mid-1980s high-tension between the US and USSR. There is a co-op mode for teams. Many mods have been published for alternate scenarios. Thanks to James Coleman for this suggestion.
|Urban Resolve is a U.S. Joint Forces Command War Game set in 2015. Its purpose is to guide the development of critical warfighting capabilities for the future joint force commander, with a particular focus on those needed for effective urban operations.|
|Making History: The Calm And The Storm
and its update Making History 2: War of the World
are full scale, detailed simulations of a world wide conflict. As the master of the military resources and civilian economy of one of the countries in conflict, you control the progress of history with your decisions.|
|Strategy and War Game free downloads at this link.|
|MiniClip has a large number of free games, such as the Rails of War game linked here.|
|Wargaming.net is specialized exclusively in military strategy games. Demos can be downloaded for their list of popular gamies.|
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