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Game #3363
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  American Civil War: From Sumter To Appomattox    View all Top Dogs in this genre
War   Strategic scope

Rating: 8.91 (159 votes)

American Civil War: From Sumter To Appomattox box cover

American Civil War: From Sumter To Appomattox screenshot
Arguably the best simulation of the American Civil War ever made, The American Civil War: From Sumter to Appomattox is the third incarnation in Frank Hunter's Road from Sumter to Appomattox series that his company Adanac first published in 1993.

Fortunately, the idiom "third time's the charm" holds up with this underdog. The game retains the excellent military, economic, and diplomatic models of the first two games, with a significant improvement in user interface (although it remains far from user-friendly) and graphics. The range of scenarios and options is probably the best ever seen in games about the Civil War, although the lack of a tactical module is slightly disappointing. Interactive Magic, the original publisher, also added a lot of multimedia elements (pictures, etc.) to fill up the CD-ROM space, and these are quite nice although they don't add much to the gameplay. Overall, if you are a history buff with even a passing interest in the subject, this is a must-have. Veteran war gamers who prefer the tactical scope (e.g. Norm Koger's or Gary Grigsby's games) may want to try SSG's Decisive Battles in American Civil War series and SSI's Civil War games instead for their tactical fix. Shame about the cumbersome user interface, though.

Note: As of 2002, Adanac has released the game as freeware, along with an excellent tutorial and PDF manual. The download version lacks the multimedia pizzazz that I-Magic added, but those frills are no big loss. Three cheers for yet another developer who recognizes that some oldies whose commercial value have expired are better shared freely than forgotten :)

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Frank Hunter
Developer: Adanac
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Adanac
Theme: Historical, Epic
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System Requirements: Windows XP
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If you like this game, try: Road from Sumter to Appomattox 2, The, Decisive Battles of American Civil War Vol. 1, No Greater Glory

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