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A turn-based strategy game set in World War I, using a similar engine and gameplay system as 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 that can be turned off or on depending on a player's choice.

Terrain affects the performance of units during battles adding a little variety factor. The more damage a unit causes to opponents the more experienced it becomes. It has a huge influence on its accuracy and strength. Units have different weapon and movement range depending on the type and the purpose of the unit. Different units are introduced as the game and war progress with more air and sea battles later on. Maps are filled with depots where a player can repair damaged units and factories where units can also be produced. During the game, seasons change with an impact on the terrain and the battles.

There are 48 single-player maps in the game - 24 maps for each of the battling parties: Germans and French. In addition, there are 24 two-player maps. Each of them is accessible through an access code received after successful completion of the previous map. While playing, it is also possible to make a save game of the current progress on the map.

The game includes a lot of information about the period: after each mission, historical facts with black and white pictures about two months of wartime are displayed, as well as some technical specifications and pictures of units are presented during the game. This also adds an educational factor concerning the World War I time period.


The Great War: 1914-1918 DOS New unit: Voisin III plane
The Great War: 1914-1918 DOS Before the invention of <i>achievements</i>, people were given medals
The Great War: 1914-1918 DOS (Intro) ...until someone shot archduke Franz Ferdinand!
The Great War: 1914-1918 DOS A map

Promo Images

The Great War: 1914-1918 Magazine Advertisement
The Great War: 1914-1918 Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "History Line: 1914-1918" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Historyline: 1914-1918" -- European title

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Great World War I Strategy Game gylgamesh (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Play Time Nov, 1992 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1992 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
MikroBitti May, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1993 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Apr 24, 2021 4 out of 6 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1993 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1993 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
march piece in soundtrack? 9 Unicorn Lynx (181473)
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.


Historyline 1914-1918 was originally meant to be set in World War II, but because of doubts from distributors (can a German studio make a game about WWII?) it was set in World War I instead. Blue Byte planned a series detailing different wars (the CU Amiga review states that the Roman, Medieval and Napoleonic eras were considered), but because of poor sales they returned to Battle Isle.


  • 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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Terok Nor (30695) added The Great War: 1914-1918 (DOS) on Feb 17, 2002
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