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The Civil War (DOS)

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The Civil War covers the American Civil War from the years 1861 to 1865. You can play as the North or South, and the object is to take over a certain amount of cities of the opposing side before the war ends. It features both strategic and tactical parts in a turn-based format.

This game has about 45 difficulty levels (9 different "strategy factors" like supply, unit types, fatigue, etc. x 5 realism levels each). However, even with all 9 set to the highest difficulty, the game can be won in a few hours.


The Civil War DOS Main Menu
The Civil War DOS The Map (with city selected)
The Civil War DOS Battlefield 1mi scale
The Civil War DOS Battlefield .5mi scale

Alternate Titles

  • "Amerika 1861-1865" -- German title

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User Reviews

This poor game tries to do too many things, and doesn't do a good job at many of them. Raphael (1160) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1995 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1995 67 out of 100 67
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1995 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Jun, 1995 58 out of 100 58
PC Joker Aug, 1995 44 out of 100 44
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1995 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Expanded re-release

The game was re-released a year later in USA as the Master Player's Edition with new graphics from Strategy First and a rewritten AI.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Worst Game of All Time

Related Web Sites

  • CivilWar on sourceforge (Open Sourced version of Civil War and links to patches of published version.)
  • Civil War Updates (You can get the latest patch for The Civil War here, but I think one of the files is corrupted. Never fear, there are uncorrupted versions out there...)
  • Greenius Civil War page. (Steven Green's web site, contains upgrade to version 2.0.3)
Raphael (1160) added The Civil War (DOS) on Sep 18, 1999