Gettysburg (DOS)

Gettysburg DOS The game's title screen and instructions


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Gettysburg is a one or two player, shareware, computerised version of an old-school war-game of this historic battle of the American Civil War.

The game is played on a hexagonal grid of which the player can see only a part while moving their units. A full battlefield view is available but this is an overview and units cannot be moved while in this mode. The computer highlights each of the players pieces in turn, highlighted pieces flash on and off, and the player can make up to four moves per unit using the numeric keypad.

Enemy units are attacked by moving next to them and attempting to occupy their space on the grid. When all the pieces in the current segment of the battlefield have been moved the computer switches to the next segment and then the next until all the player's units have been moved, then the computer or the second player moves their pieces. After each round the player(s) are shown the current score and are given the option of saving their game.


Gettysburg DOS This screenshot shows the combat sequence. It's nothing spectacular. Of the two adjacent units, the grey is attempting to occupy the cell of the blue unit.
Gettysburg DOS A partially painted screen. The game paints the screen one cell at a time, working from left to right in vertical rows. When the screen is complete it places the units in the appropriate cells
Gettysburg DOS The game's title screen and instructions
Gettysburg DOS A full battlefield view is available but movements are not possible in this mode. The current battlefield sector is outlined in pink

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  • "Gettysburg: A board game representing the battle of Gettysburg, PA from July 1-4, 1863" -- Tag-lined title

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piltdown_man (150045) added Gettysburg (DOS) on Jan 03, 2014