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An obscure Real Time Strategy Russian game from 1999 (but not released abroad until 2 years later), Aztec Wars takes place in an Alternate History where the Aztec empire has crossed the Atlantic sometime before being conquered by Europeans, and promptly conquered pretty much all of Europe and Africa, thanks to its armies composed of fireball-tossing priests, tamed jaguars and mechanical Spider Tanks, among other things. Standing against the Aztec are the Russ (the only nation with a campaign), with their war bears and axe-tossing tanks, as well as the army of China, helped by yogas with Psychic Powers, yetis, and a slew of ridiculously advanced Steampunk machinery.
Yeah, it's that sort of game.
Aztec Wars never really achieved a success, and was criticized for its simplicity compared to other RTS's of the time, as well as poor graphics. But it sure has some catchy music.
Tropes exemplified by this game:
- Alternate History
- Beast of Battle
- Panthera Awesome: The Aztecs.
- Everything's Worse with Bears: Russian bears, deadly against infrantry, helpless against buildings.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: A Chinese unit. Has yellow fur, for some reason, and swings a colorful club around.
- War Elephants: The Chinese. They have cannons on their backs.
- Color-Coded Armies: Especially important due to you being able to control units by other nations. The weirdest example is the Yeti's club, which changes color from a cheery blue to a bright red or bright green.
- Construct Additional Pylons
- Damage Is Fire
- Enemy Exchange Program: In fact, some of your own units can only be built if you control a building of a different nation entirely.
- Gadgeteer Genius: The campaign storyline involves an Arabian inventor, who must be saved by the Russes and later supplies them with bomb-equipped zeppelins.
- Hero Unit: One of the campaign missions gives you one of the characters, a badass Arabian, as an unit. Hero Must Survive, of course.
- Hopping Machine: The Aztec cannon.
- Market-Based Title: Renamed as Aztec Empire, Die Azteken or The Aztec: True History Of Empire outside Russia.
- Ninja: A Chinese unit.
- No Campaign for the Wicked: Only the Russes get one.
- Spider Tank: The Aztec have two of these. One of them equipped with a flamethrower.
- Steampunk: The Russian and Chinese war machinery.