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UMS: The Universal Military Simulator (DOS)

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UMS (Universal Military Simulator) attempts to cover the ground of games like Empire and go beyond, simulating almost every aspect of warfare in a realistic manner. Battles can range from ancient history to a science-fiction future, with famed battled such as Gettysburg and the Battle of Hastings built in. The view system operates at multiple levels, from a single unit up to the whole theater.

However, there is no naval element whatsoever and the design pays little attention to extremely important wargaming concepts like fog of war.

The game spawned a sequel, UMS II.


UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Creating a custom map manually
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Main menu
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Start of Marston Moor Battle
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Loading screen / Title Screen

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User Reviews

Early attempt almost gets it right Felix (138) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 72 out of 100 72
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Strategy Games (editorial staff choice)

PCGamer77 (3008) added UMS: The Universal Military Simulator (DOS) on Jan 19, 2001
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