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Wooden Ships & Iron Men is a turn-based game that allows you to recreate naval battles from the 18th and 19th centuries, based upon the successful boardgame by Avalon Hill.

You may choose from a list of scenarios or play a campaign. Choosing the Scenario option allows to select a series of set battles from the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars or the War of 1812, where you will have the choice of commanding American, British or French ships. In campaign mode, you take command of a selection of US ships during the War of 1812, where your task is to sink as many British ships as possible during your career.

Ships are controlled with the mouse, enabling you to change course, load cannons, reassign your crew to stations and grapple. The game allows for a computer opponent, a human opponent or play by e-mail.

A Scenario Editor is also available, allowing you to create your own missions.


Wooden Ships & Iron Men DOS Scenario screen
Wooden Ships & Iron Men DOS Broadsides on the enemy
Wooden Ships & Iron Men DOS Historical overview of the scenario
Wooden Ships & Iron Men DOS Campaign log

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Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gameworld 1997 80 out of 100 80
GameBlitz 1998 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Dec 17, 1996 6.2 out of 10 62
Computer Games Magazine Dec 07, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Jan, 1997 43 out of 100 43
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
High Score Jan, 1997 1 out of 5 20


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Sabri Zain (982) added Wooden Ships & Iron Men (DOS) on Jan 26, 2008