Battleground 3: Waterloo

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Battleground 3: Waterloo
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  • NA: May 23, 1996
Genre(s)Computer wargame
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Battleground 3: Waterloo is a 1996 computer wargame developed and published by TalonSoft. It is the third entry in the Battleground series.


The game features the Battle of Waterloo which was the final defeat for Napoleon Bonaparte and his French Empire.


Terry Coleman of Computer Gaming World reported in August 1996 that "BG: Waterloo had, according to Empire (the distributor for Talonsoft in the US), the highest 'buy-in' at retail chains of any historical wargame they've released this year."[6]

A Next Generation critic said Battleground 3: Waterloo "is as good as PC war games get, featuring everything players could want in a turn-based bloodbath: historical accuracy, pleasing graphics, an easy-to-use interface, and strategic subtleties." He remarked that while the game only covers one battle, it has considerable breadth due to its many options, including the ability to play either a historically accurate campaign or a number of "what if" scenarios. He scored it four out of five stars.[3]

The four Battleground games of 1996—Bulge-Ardennes, Shiloh, Antietam and Waterloo—collectively won Computer Games Strategy Plus's wargame of the year award for that year.[7] Waterloo was a finalist for Computer Gaming World's 1996 "Wargame of the Year" award,[8] which ultimately went to Battleground 4: Shiloh.[9] Waterloo was a runner-up for Computer Game Entertainment's 1996 "Best War Game" prize, which ultimately went to Tigers on the Prowl 2. The magazine's editors called both games "top-notch".[10]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World named Waterloo the 115th best game ever. The editors wrote, "The grand age of warfare comes to life with colorful uniforms, delightful landscapes, and above-average opponent AI in this recent release."[11] The magazine's wargame columnist Terry Coleman named it his pick for the 10th-best computer wargame released by late 1996.[12]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1998-02-07. Retrieved 2019-06-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Trotter, William R. (August 1996). "Battleground: Waterloo". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Battleground Waterloo". Next Generation. No. 22. Imagine Media. October 1996. p. 176.
  4. ^ Udell, Scott (June 13, 1996). "Battleground: Waterloo". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on April 28, 2005. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Miller, Andrew. "Battleground 3: Waterloo". PC Games. Archived from the original on May 25, 1997. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Coleman, Terry (August 1996). "No Joystick Required". Computer Gaming World (145): 179, 180.
  7. ^ Staff (March 25, 1997). "Computer Games Strategy Plus announces 1996 Awards". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on June 14, 1997. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  8. ^ Staff (April 1997). "Best of the Bunch; Finalists Named for CGW Premier Awards". Computer Gaming World (153): 28, 32.
  9. ^ Staff (May 1997). "The Computer Gaming World 1997 Premier Awards". Computer Gaming World (154): 68–70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80.
  10. ^ Staff (July 1997). "The Computer Game Entertainment Awards 1996". Computer Game Entertainment (1): 54–58.
  11. ^ Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time". Computer Gaming World (148): 63–65, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88, 90, 94, 98.
  12. ^ Coleman, Terry (November 1996). "Command Decisions". Computer Gaming World (148): 277, 280.

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