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Store:  Strategy Games, Card Games
Edition:  Nuclear War
Series:  Nuclear War
Genre:  Beer & Pretzels
Format:  Card Games

Nuclear War

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Play Time Players
25-60 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Douglas Malewicki

Manufacturer(s): Flying Buffalo

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Product Description

A humorous card game with a tongue-in-cheek view of international diplomacy, propaganda, and finally: holocaust! Two to six players engage in touchy negotiations until a warmonger pushes the button! This hilarious card game is easy to learn and fast to play. But watch out: if everyone is wiped out -- nobody wins!

Product Information


  • 100 Playing Cards, including:
    • 34 Warhead Cards
    • 31 Missile & Anti-Missile Cards
    • 15 Secret & Top Secret Cards
    • 20 Propaganda Cards
  • 40 Population Markers
  • 1 Bomb Effects Spinner
  • 1 Page of Rules
  • Player Mats
Nuclear War has the following expansions available:

Nuclear War: Bonus Pack #2 Nuclear War / India Rails expansion Out of Stock

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.5 in 13 reviews

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Great game
September 18, 2009

Really funny game! It's fun to play and it's not a long game to play!

This is a classic!
February 27, 2004

This Game is the best. I have been playing it for 15 years now, and it just is so awesome! While it is certainly not as sophisticated as some of the newer magic type card games, it is a classic, and should be experienced by all true game players! Check it out if you ever get a chance.

Cold War Nostalgia -- Or how to kill an hour and 25M people
July 26, 2003

I can't help but like this game, but I know it can be awkward to the wrong type of person. People who grew up in the Cold War and remember 'Duck and Cover!' can appreciate this game. Additionally, every time I see the movie 'Dr. Strangelove -- or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb' I can't help but think of this game and conversely I think of 'Dr. Strangelove' when I play Nuclear War. As both the game and the movie were released in the same year, I can't help but wonder if Douglas Malewicki was influenced by the movie.

This game dealt well with the absurd notions of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) and Cold War propaganda (like listening and laughing to Radio Moscow on the short-wave radio). If you're looking for high-strategy, geopolitical realism, play Mega Supremacy. If you're looking for a few laughs while incinerating 25 million Bananalanders with a 100 Megaton bomb or having 2 million of your people flee your country because your president made a boring speech on TV, then this is your game.

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