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Birth of America (Windows)

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Description

Birth of America is a strategic war simulation covering two important conflicts in the history of the United States - the French and Indian War and the War of Independence.

The game takes place in Colonial America during the 18th century. Territories span the entire eastern portion of America from the Atlantic Ocean west to the Mississippi River, north into New England and Canada, south into the Florida regions.

After choosing which scenario to play, pick from over 100 famous leaders to control on one side of the conflict at hand - British, American, French, or American Indian. Draft your forces, build forts, depots and blockades and then control various troop types to fight over land and sea. Troops are controlled at the regiment level, which can be arranged into detachments. More than 90 different equipment models can be used during the 10 different scenarios offered.

In-game maps cover 700 territories and provinces over a variety of terrains, weather conditions and levels of civilization. The top-down perspective provides the look of a board game. Control is turn-based and game turns correspond to one month of historical time. Once set into motion, scenarios range from a few months to several years in length, historically speaking.

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Birth of America Windows Moving the mouse pointer to the edge of the map causes the map to move. This is about as far east as the map of southern America goes
Birth of America Windows The message board in the lower right keeps the player informed of progress. Double clicking on a red message, here a British defeat at Camden, brings up more information.
Birth of America Windows Just putting the cursor over a region brings up information about that region. The picture bar at the top of the screen displays the type of terrain
Birth of America Windows This is not just a game with land battles, there are naval units too. This is a British landing force just off shore.

Alternate Titles

  • "Narodziny Ameryki" -- Polish title
  • "Birth of America: Битва за независимость" -- Russian spelling

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The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Mar, 2007 79 out of 100 79
JeuxVideoPC.com Mar 30, 2006 15 out of 20 75
Game Captain Sep 13, 2006 73 out of 100 73
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Aug 09, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Game Chronicles Aug 07, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 04, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Nov 15, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 18, 2006 13 out of 20 65
Game Watcher Apr 13, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2006 61 out of 100 61

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Jeanne (75603) added Birth of America (Windows) on Aug 15, 2007