User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari ST release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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UMS is unique in setting new standards in the field of wargames. Words fail to describe the possibilities and sheer power of the program, and with the backing of further data disks to be released (containing historical battles) it is set to become a classic program. The Universal Military Simulator is simply brilliant - enough said.
You can play this for years to come.
Atari ST User (Mar, 1988)
Although Universal Military Simulator has a few flaws - not seeing woods until you run into them is undoubtedly the biggest - it is still a hugely impressive piece of software. UMS heralds the dawn of a new age in computer wargaming and anyone with the slightest interest should be there to see the sunrise.
Der UNIVERSAL MILITARY SIMULATOR kann sich sehen lassen! Er erinnert mich in der Bedienung stark an ein Desktop Publishing-Programm. Wer erst einmal gerafft hat, worum es geht, wird (vermutlich) einen „Spielfreund“ fürs Leben haben. Besonders reizvoll sind die „beiliegenden“ historischen Auseinandersetzungen, die man auch mal aus der Ferne (Computer gegen sich selbst) genüßlich beobachten kann. (...) Ein weiteres Positivum: der gesamte Bildschirm-Text und die Menü-Leisten und -Punkte sind in Deutsch. Die Anleitung ist in Deutsch, das „Schlachten- Handbuch“ (leider) in Englisch. Das Programm insgesamt hat einen großartigen Eindruck auf mich gemacht. Ich glaube, daß ich von Zeit zu Zeit des öfteren auf UMS zurückgreifen werde, wenn mir das bloße Ballern auf die Nerven geht.
Mittlerweile sind auch zwei Szenariodisks erschienen, die die Palette der historischen Schlachten erweitern. UMS ist in seiner Vielfalt und mit seinen unzähligen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten wirklich einzigartig — ein absolutes Muß für jeden Table Top-Spieler und Liebhaber von Konfliktsimulationen. Wer unter dem Begriff Simulation jedoch die naturgetreue Darstellung von Freund und Feind versteht, sollte besser die Finger von diesem Programm lassen.
A visual feast, but a playable desert, U.M.S. is incorrect on two counts—it is neither universal nor a simulator. It lacks a naval option, and the user interface is quite clumsy. The initial disk includes the Battles of Arbela, Hastings, Marston Moor, and Waterloo (the last of which omits the Prussians in toto).
A wargame design kit, characterized by easy design parameters. However, accuracy is sacrificed for playability, and often playability is sacrificed for graphic display. Maritime operations are ignored, so its universality is not "complete." It will visually impress your friends, although it is clumsy and awkward.
Overall, UMS is impressive, but its flaws are apparent. If you are interested in creating your own battles, then UMS is highly recommended. On the other hand, if you desire to learn accurate lessons from military history, then UMS may be a shade too general. This first generation simulation is an interesting design; its third or fourth generation descendant may prove essential.