You mean this one?
I've been there, my brother. BEEN THERE. I was so excited when I bought that (for an apparently insane $39.95) that I very likely wet myself. And I don't mean in preparation for licking an envelope. 64K WAS REQUIRED. Holy jeez.
I don't recall the AI being bad, which I agree means it must have at least been decent. Come to think about it harder, I do recall being pretty frustrated sometime with that game, which means I was probably losing.
Yeah, I agree that there was a lot more to moving an Ogre straight up the map to the Command Post, but please, that GEV dance is in no way some kind of chess surrogate. That's the kind of factor-counting, odds-manipulating gameplay that passed for depth back then, because that's what we had. The universe of comparison was so small. So we imbued things with a lot of depth and meaning that might not have really had it. Sorry - they had lots of meaning. The time I spend with my friend Tom (no relation) in jr high school playing Car Wars is priceless. But Imma not wanna play that so much today. I should see what Tom is up to, ya think? Nah.
I gotta disagree with ya there on two points, Chief: (1) Panzer Leader/Panzerblitz had spotting rules, which is what made them so controversial (and gave them their sometimes anomalous gameplay - the "Panzerbush" nickname was not a German porn title), and (2) I have zero interest in playing Panzer Leader today. OMG man! The thought! The very thought!