Solidarnosc is a classic because of its age, but chances are that only the most hard core of old school gaming collectors have ever heard of it. That is not to say that it is a bad game. It is simply an obscure one. As strategy games go, it is in-depth, intriguing and an overall good play for a classic game.
Solidarnosc is named after a workerís movement that took place between 1956 and 1981. This era was one of great upheaval in Europe and it established free trade unions in Poland and helped to abolish the Polish Communist Party.
It had a lot to handle. The U.S. was an economic and military superpower and was owed billions by the country, and the U.S.S.R. was Polandís neighbor and was a staunch communist supporter.
In the beginning of the game, you are given a map of Poland. This will help you to determine how much support the Solidarnosc movement has in various areas of the country. It will also offer more detailed information about that region, such as the location of influential prisoners or food shortages that are upsetting the people. After clicking on area to access the more detailed information about it, you will be able to offer specific commands from the menu.
The goal of Solidarnosc is to control seven
of the Polish regions by winning their support away from the Communist Party. You will have to make many in-depth strategy decisions which range from broad commands, such as implementing a radio broadcast or making a protest banner to things far more specific, such as purchasing enough copy machines to keep the activist literature flowing.