Storm Above the Reich
GMT Games’ recently released Storm Above the Reich, is a solitaire war game depicting a Luftwaffe squadron of Fw190s struggling to deter and destroy the relentless daylight raids over Germany during World War II. The player’s individual aircraft, each represented by a stickered block, must confront the mighty “combat box” formation of the United States Army Air Force, a deadly terrain of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.
Stretching from late 1942 to early 1945, Storm Above the Reich follows that trajectory in a series of missions strung together to make a campaign. Each mission will take a half hour or more to play, while a campaign can last anywhere between 6 to 60 missions.
The mission is played on a formation map that depicts as many as twenty-one B-24 bombers in a tight array.
The game comes with two double-sided map boards, four maps in all. As a set they chronicle the development and increasing lethality of the bomber formation.
Each map is a bigger and more lethal terrain than its predecessor.
Will you strike the formation from the nose or from the tail? Will your fighters make a dead-level attack or will they drop bombs on the formation from above? Will you split your squadron to attack from multiple angles, or will they charge at the bombers in successive waves? Will you even have time for this kind of maneuver?
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