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Robert T Smith has become a strategy legend for WWII games like Arnhem, Desert Rats and Vulcan (we won’t mention Cyberknights). However, for his latest game he’s gone several centuries to recreate epic battles of the ancient world. Now you can step Into the sandals of commanders like Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, or even Attila the Hun.
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One of the more serious simulators, this covers the Battles of Hydaspes (326 BC), Zama (202 BC), Cynocephalae (197 BC), Pharsalus (44 BC), and Chalons (451 AD). The graphics are not awe-inspiring, but are adequate, and a scenario generator allows for user expansion and creativity.
It's a no-frills game that might make an enthusiast of you. Most likely of all, is that Ancient Battles will be snapped up by people who already have UMS, either as something to offer a diversion or so that they can transcribe forces and scenarios into UMS itself. Either way, that's not a lot of people.
Die Grafik ist recht bunt, und die Sprites sind groß; das Scrolling ruckelt allerdings fürchterlich. Sound gibt's dagegen keinen, dafür aber eine problemlos zu bedienende Maussteuerung. Computerstrategen und Historiker dürfen also getrost mal einen Blick riskieren.