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ZOOM World War III
Black Gold
$14.95 (Win95/98/Me/2000 Only!) (Retail Box) (WW3BLACKPR)

JoWooD Productions


Actual Armies. Actual Weapons. Actual Political Issues.

World War 3: Black Gold takes the player to the near future. The political crisis has been going on for months, leading to worldwide turmoil. A secret conference of the UN Central Geological Commission reveals that worldwide oil reserves have reached dangerously low levels: Oil reserves will run out within 8-10 years. This proves too short for even the most highly industrialized countries to switch their economies to alternative energy sources. Soon, mass protests erupt all over the world, effectively shutting down the global economy. The Great Powers have declared WW III...

World War 3 is a fully 3D RTS game with all the features that characterize this genre. The game has been developed based on a 3D environment, so that the player can set the camera anywhere and freely zoom in and out. All game objects are 3D, as well as the terrain itself. The units also possess unique, dynamic physical properties. For example, vehicles move faster on hard soil than they would in sand. There are three parties in the game: the USA, Russia and Iraq. Each faction allows the player to select two campaigns, consisting of 5 missions on average. Each campaign begins and ends with a rendered film scene.


  • Fully 3-D terrain
  • Day/night cycles and variable weather conditions affect the game and its strategy
  • Highly detailed, realistic vehicles and weapons systems based on current military hardware
  • Units gain combat experience during the fight
  • Kamikaze units
  • "Technology Tree" weapons research system
  • Tunnels, trenches and interconnected underground tunnel systems)
  • Ability to modify the 3D terrain (flatten terrain, create bulwarks or dig ditches using Army bulldozers)
  • Build bridges
  • Defense systems (missile defense, decoys and anti-chemical filters)
  • Camouflage and jamming systems (Stealth Units,...)
  • Electronic Battle System (eavesdrop on enemy communications, computerized firing control,…)


The US is a leading economic and military power. Her capacity for production and war making is huge. With a well-organized General Staff, most actions are meticulously planned and thought out. A large group of scientists and engineers are always ready and waiting to work on the latest technologies and can turn ideas into reality in surprisingly short times. no time. Thanks to a network of diplomatic contacts and a well-staffed secret service, the Americans can study future battle areas well in advance of the fighting. The biggest problem is conducting a war thousands of kilometers away from the homeland. This calls for logistics of the first order. Indeed, the American war effort is primarily a question of transport, supply and movement.


Despite immense internal problems, Russia is still a military power, which must be treated with respect. Its huge military potential, built up during the Cold War, still poses a serious danger, and thus makes Russia one of the few great powers capable of decisively influencing world politics. The Russians currently possess an inexpensive, reliable weaponry. In more than just a few cases, Russian equipment can measure up with that used by NATO. Constant shortages of money for equipment repair and modernization, as well as the neglected scientific research have led to organizational problems in the general staff and a freeze on new armaments. Russian vehicles are uncomplicated in their construction and operation, as neither evacuation nor repair has been planned for. If possible, vehicles are fixed on the spot by the crew, which means that all Russian tank drivers need to be good repairmen as well.


Iraq is no great power. It is part of the conflict thanks to its geographical location. Both the hated USA as well as Iraq's former ally, Russia, would like to turn Iraq into a pawn and use her to further their own interests. The Iraqi army is large, but suffers a shortage of modern equipment, and, in many cases, any equipment at all. What little it possesses dates back to an earlier epoch. Only in very isolated instances can it compare to what the Russians and Americans are using. Up until Desert Storm Iraq was one of the largest weapon buyers in the world. Back then, Iraq had a number of contacts to leading arms producers from Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA. After the war, there were still enough foreign companies willing to break the embargo for the right price. The strength of the Iraqi army lies in its incomparable fanaticism and pure hatred for the enemy (best example - the kamikaze units). Furthermore, the Iraqis know the terrain better than anybody, have implemented their camouflage perfectly, know how to locate oil reserves and quickly exploit them.


Windows 95/98/Me/2000: Pentium MMX 300 MHz, At least 32 MB RAM, 200 MB free disk space, DirectX- compatible graphic card with hardware acceleration (Direct3D,OpenGL or Glide), 4-X CD-ROM drive, Mouse.

Recommended: Pentium III 450 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 800 MB free disk space, 16 MB RAM graphic card with acceleration, 12-X CD-ROM drive, SoundBlaster Live-card.

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