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UMS: The Universal Military Simulator

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
3.4
Amiga
...
4.0
Atari ST
73
3.8
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Description

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.

Screenshots

UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Moving the units
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator Atari ST Title screen and main menu
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Creating a custom map manually
UMS: The Universal Military Simulator DOS Start of Marston Moor Battle

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User Reviews

Early attempt almost gets it right DOS Felix (138)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1988 95 out of 100 95
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1988 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1988 907 out of 1000 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 72 out of 100 72
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 72 out of 100 72
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Oct, 1990 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Awards

  • 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)

Contributed to by Rola (7263), PCGamer77 (3026), Terok Nor (18913) and Belboz (6517)