The Great War: 1914 - 1918 (DOS)

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A turn-based strategy game set in World War I, using a similar engine and gameplay system to Battle Isle

Both players act simultaneously on a split screen. While one player can move his units, the other can attack and vice versa. The results of battles are shown in animated sequences.

Terrain affects the performance of units, and seasons affect the likely terrain. Different units are introduced as the game and war progress, with more air and sea battles later on.

There are 24 single-player maps in the game, which can be played from either the German or French perspective. In addition, there are 12 two-player maps.

The game also includes a lot of information about the period: after each mission, historical facts about two months of wartime are displayed.


The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS Defend the base at all costs.
The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS A7V Tank information screen
The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS The enemy has captured a depot.
The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS German bomber ready to move.

Alternate Titles

  • "History Line: 1914-1918" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Historyline: 1914-1918" -- European title

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User Reviews

Great World War I Strategy Game gylgamesh (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
MikroBitti May, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1993 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1993 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75


Topic # Posts Last Post
march piece in soundtrack? 9 Cor 13 (174202)
Mar 02, 2012


Battle Isle Platinum

This game is also contained in the Collection Battle Isle Platinum , though there it was announced neither on the package nor in any advertisement.


This was vaguely intended to be the first in a series of Historyline games detailing different wars. The CU Amiga review states that the Roman, Medieval and Napoleonic eras were considered. What became of this idea is unknown.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Strategical of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– Best Strategy Game in 1992
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Strategy Game in 1992
Information also contributed by Martin Smith

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