You play the role of a military Commander hidden deep within an Underground bunker. Your mission - to successfully exterminate your enemy's civilian population whilst disabling their ability to attack your own. Start by launching your battleships, subs and bombers in order to decimate your opponent's defences. Scramble together your alliances but remember only one can stand victorious.
Prepare your pre-emptive strike before one of your supposed allies gets the same idea. Choose the perfect moment for betrayal, obliterating your opponents with an apocalyptic thermonuclear barrage, but get it wrong and their devastating counter attack will bring you to your knees!
It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe - just maybe - you can lose the least.
You are tasked with protecting the population of one of six regions- North America, South America, Europe, Russia, South Asia, and Africa. Depending on the game mode you'll face AI or human opponents based in one or more of the other territories.Through the deployment of your forces within your borders and in the oceans, you must seek to kill as much of the enemy population as possible while attempting to minimise your own losses.
The game is divided into five parts, indicated by counting down DEFCON levels.
DEFCON 5- players can place their units and RADAR doesn't work
DEFCON 4- players can still place units but enemy units can be seen
DEFCON 3- the air force and navy can attack the enemy using conventional weapons
DEFCON 2- continuing hostilities
DEFCON 1- nuclear weapons can be used
After DEFCON 1 has started, the game comes to an end after the amount of time decided by the game mode elapses.