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Talon Soft / Empire
9 out of 10 from Computer & Net
B+ from PC Games
85% from PC Gamer
4 from The Wargamer
Real-Time Naval Combat
Time: 1175 to 1820 - All the
grandeur and pageantry of the Tall Ships era along with some bone-crunching,
wood-splintering cannon shots to liven things up!
Talonsoft, creators of the award winning Battleground
Series, is proud to introduce its new real-time historical strategy series! Age
of Sail delivers an excellent blend of exciting real-time naval combat and
vivid 3-D graphics.
Take command of the greatest sailing ships in history! Ships
include the Victory, Constitution, Constellation,
Bonhomme Richard, Espanol, Guerriere, Vengeance,
and Saratoga just to name a few.
Complete campaign game (1775 to 1820). Can you rise from a
lowly Ensign to Admiral of the Navy? Enlist in the navy of Britain, Spain,
France or the United States.
100 scenarios including the battles of Trafalgar, Camperdown
and Cape St. Vincent.
Complete scenario editor, with over 2,000 historically
accurate ships representing all major and minor countries, lets you create
instant naval combat to your specifications.
Play head to head via modem or versus a crafty and salty
Easy to play, hard to master!
Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, 486DX33, 5MB minimum free hard
drive space, double speed CD-ROM drive, 8MB RAM, Microsoft compatible mouse,
256 color SVGA, supports 640x480, 800x600 or 1024x768 screen resolutions, all
Windows-compatible sound cards.
Computer & Net Player, March
Age of Sail "puts you in command of some of history's most
renowned sailing ships, including the Victory, the Constitution
and the Saratoga.
"With 100 scenarios, AoS has considerable, lasting play
value. It's a complete, 1775 to 1820 campaign in which you attempt to rise from
ensign without ending up at the bottom of the sea. In the campaign game, you
can work your way up to commodore of a squadron or admiral of the fleet. To be
promoted, you must earn prestige points by sinking or - better yet - capturing
enemy ships. If you long for some real competition, you can also challenge an
opponent via modem, and a scenario editor with more than 2,000 ships lets you
create your own combat scenarios. To obtain the accurate historical data needed
for all the ship types featured in AoS, TalonSoft turned to a set of books -
printed in 1870s England - that the British Navy had published on all the ships
of the Napoleonic period. According to TalonSoft's Jim Rose, that information
was the basis for the comprehensive and intricately detailed ship database used
in the game. 'The database for that game contains over 2,100 ships,' says Rose.
'And all of them are properly named and detailed.'
"Age of Sail is fairly easy to
learn, and it's notably more intuitive than the Battleground series -
imperative for real-time strategy games. Great attention has been paid to
detail - from arming ships with various ammo loads (solid, grape, chain, or
double shot) to giving them different types of cannon. Some are great for close
combat, while others are better at long range. And crew quality ratings affect
your combat prowess, too."
PC Games, March 1997
"It's always a little scary when a gamemaker tries something
different. TalonSoft, well known for its turn-based Battleground series,
thought it'd try its hand at some real-time strategy. Oddly enough, this naval
combat simulation is the company's most entertaining product to date.
"The major reason is the real-time format. Age of Sail still
has the look and feel of the Battleground games. The graphics are crisp and
nicely detailed, the soundtrack gives the game that same authentic flavor, and
the screen setup, commands, and toolbar are also similar to Battlegound's.
Unlike those games, however, the action is continuous, making it more realistic
and seriously addictive."
The Wargamer by John Schlotter
"The graphics are excellent and very detailed. The detail of
the ships is the best I have ever seen. For example, if the ships sails are
damaged during combat, you will actually see different parts of the mast
collapse. When you change from full sail to battle sail, the bottom sails will
be in their furled state. You can see the guns fire and explosions on the
target ship (if you hit it). The battle interface is very good. All commands
are easily accessible. Even controlling a squadron of ships is not difficult.
TalonSoft gives a number of convenient ways to give orders to more then one
"In the campaign game you create a character, giving him a
name, country, and portrait. You can pick England, France, Spain, or the United
States. The historical period for the campaign can be chosen from the following
choices: American Revolution (1775-1783), Napoleonic Wars (1796-1820), or Rise
of the British Navy (1784-1796)."
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