Thinker's game, not a click-fest. Be careful tho, you might actually learn something while doing something you enjoy!

User Rating: 8.9 | Birth of America PC
If you are a grognard, this game is for you! If you don't have any idea what a grognard is, this game is probably not for you. This is, by far, the best all-around presentation of the 18th century wars in North America. The game is very deep, but accessible. The manual could be more complete, the electronic version on the CD is nothing more than a scanned (at least it's in color) version of the paper one, but the mouse over boxes are very helpful and complete, even if a bit of a bother while scrolling around the map. Speaking of scrolling, this is one thing that does seem to be a bit sluggish. The map is very well done, with individual weather, terrain, ground conditions and supply for each "county". The map is huge and there are many many many counties.

Historical detail is all here including a reasonably good coverage of the naval aspects of this period and local. There are bateaux units as well but these are larger than the canoe fleets that you might be thinking about if you've played AH's 1776 board game.

There is no political wrangling to be had in this game; they don't call it a War Game for nothing you know. The format for the game is we-plan/we-go and the fog of war aspect that the computer handles so adeptly is the one thing that board games lack. Fog of war was a very key aspect in this theater and the game does a great job of modeling it.

The sound track had just one song (it is a bit catchy) but this could easily have been better, with period music instead. The sound effects are fairly typical for a game of this type (minimal and thin). Moving = "Crunch, crunch, crunch" and shooting = "Pow, pow, pow.". But, come on, you don't buy games like this for the soundtrack, you buy them because they do a good job of presenting the perspective that the commander had at the time, with historically accurate details to manage.

I have only played the patched 1.09 version and have not had any trouble that other reviewers may have experienced with crashes and bugs. All-in-all, if you are a student of colonial american history this is a must buy for you.