The Great War: 1914 - 1918

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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 Mark I tank information screen
The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS Main menu
The Great War: 1914 - 1918 DOS There is heavy artillery hidden in a depot. You can use it in battle!
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

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Down Under Amiga Jul, 1993 9 out of 10 90
CU Amiga Amiga Feb, 1993 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1993 86 out of 100 86
MikroBitti DOS May, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 85 out of 100 85
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga May, 1993 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1993 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75


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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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