Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. One of the most in depth strategy games I have ever played. There is so much to do in this game it is baffling, no matter what your WWII fantasy scenario might be you can just about live it out while playing this game.
  2. Given the overall complexity of Hearts of Iron, it’s surprising that Paradox found such a smooth interface. Everything is quickly available with just a few clicks or hotkeys, and helpful tooltips pop up for just about everything on the screen. After a short amount of time I was up and running efficiently, if not effectively.
  3. For the price and the quality of the game, Hearts Of Iron Platinum is the best WWII strategy simulation on the market currently.
  4. 80
    At $19.99 you're not going to find a World War II strategic wargame that provides more bang for the buck. However, be forewarned that you're going to have to put in some serious effort to become good at this game.
  5. A perfect buy for the “thinking” strategist that is willing to learn something; all others steer clear because you’ll get bored real quick.
  6. Brings a few changes from the original release and seems like an overall better polished title. The learning curve however may stop this game from having any sort of retail success and won’t appeal to the masses. This game is for hardcore strategists only—tank rushers and zerg herders need not inquire.
  7. A good game in it's own right, however it is a niche title. So what are you strategy fans waiting for? Hitler isn't going to overthrow himself.
  8. It is true that HOI is not for everyone, but fans of RTS, Risk, or just War aficionados, will appreciate the level of authenticity and freedom that this game has to offer.
  9. The interface is very efficient for maneuvering the pieces around the board, for creating a unit, for performing research and for performing political actions. But when it comes to deploying troops, grouping units and selecting specific units, the interface fails pretty miserably.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. T.H.
    Dec 2, 2004
    This is the most incredible strategy game that I have ever played. It is a must-have for any serious strategy gamer.
  2. DonS.
    Nov 12, 2004
    For the deep thinker and meticulous planner only, this game provides an incredibly detailed portrait of the World War II era as to be For the deep thinker and meticulous planner only, this game provides an incredibly detailed portrait of the World War II era as to be completely amazing. Yet, it is not a slavish servant of history and, thereby, can serve as a teacher as well as a toy. As the U.S., I spent from 1936 to 1941 convincing Japan to remain neutral and to become a democracy so that when the inevitable war in Europe came my way, I would be fighting a one-front war. Imagine my shock, anger and dismay when Japan, In April of 1942, attacked me for the sole purpose of seizing Guam and securing the only territory that I possessed within striking distance of the Home Islands. Having acheived this limited goal, she immediately sued for peace to keep her new gains. I felt much of the anger and betrayal that America must have felt on December 8th 1941 and refused to make peace.... I got to live a bit of WWII without being in the trenches. Marvelous game!!! Full Review »