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UMS isn't as complex as SSI wargames and is restricted to ground conflict (naval, air and combined forces warfare aren't catered for). What it does offer is a powerful wargame program with the flexibility of an extensive user-friendly construction kit within a realistic 3D setting - all superbly presented.
Commodore User (Dec, 1988)
UMS is a highly comprehensive package, with a lot in it to be implemented. That said, it is still remarkably easy to pick up, and in not time at all, you will be creeping through the jungles of Vietnam, the barren wastes of Bognor Regis, or merely trying to get into the office and come up with a feasible excuse as to why you have not done your work.
Is UMS, as Rainbird claims, the ultimate war game? Definitely not. (I don't think there will ever be an ultimate war game.) All things considered, however, UMS is an excellent war game. Compared to the games of its genre that I've played, it's among the best, incorporating several exciting and exclusive new ideas. If you enjoy war gaming, you won't tire of UMS very quickly.
Mittlerweile sind auch zwei Szenariodisks erschienen, die die Palette der historischen Schlachten erweitern. UMS ist in seiner Vielfalt und mit seinen unzähligen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten wirklich einzigartig — ein absolutes Muß für jeden Table Top-Spieler und Liebhaber von Konfliktsimulationen. Wer unter dem Begriff Simulation jedoch die naturgetreue Darstellung von Freund und Feind versteht, sollte besser die Finger von diesem Programm lassen.
A visual feast, but a playable desert, U.M.S. is incorrect on two counts—it is neither universal nor a simulator. It lacks a naval option, and the user interface is quite clumsy. The initial disk includes the Battles of Arbela, Hastings, Marston Moor, and Waterloo (the last of which omits the Prussians in toto).
Your Amiga (Apr, 1989)
I have to say that I found UMS one of the biggest disappointments of recent months, having read reviews of the Atari version which showered it with praise. I can only conclude that the reviewers were simply not knowledgeable about this sort of game. The fact is that for all its graphic panache, I would date UMS at about 1983 in terms of its approach to computer wargaming. Since then, the field has perked up remarkably, although there are no British software houses that do this sort of thing particularly well. I could bore you to tears with the number of flaws in this program (...).