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ZOOM The French and Indian War
$39.95 (Win98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (FRENCH&IPJ)

Publisher: HPS Simulation

Wargame: WWII

Struggle for Supremacy in the New World

The French and Indian War was the North American part of a much larger war raging in the mid-Eighteenth Century called the Seven Years War. The Empires of Britain and France were struggling for control of multiple areas around the world. In North America, that struggle raged for 5 years in actions ranging from isolated skirmishes to full scale invasions. Quebec would be the primary prize for the armies and its fall would mean the almost guaranteed defeat of New France.

Last Great Franco-English Comflicts
This simulation allows you to play either side, with over 180 scenarios covering 29 different battles which occurred from locations as diverse as Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania to Quebec, Canada.

Scenarios
In addition to the ability to play tactical scenarios, players can choose to play an extended campaign game. A scenario editor is also included with the game.

Features
"On-map Combat Results" option allows you to speed up play significantly, for both your turn and the AI turn.

Play modes include:

  • AI (against the computer)
  • Play-By-E-Mail
  • Two-Player Hotseat (single computer)
  • Network Play (both two player and multiplayer using teams)

Requirements:

Win98/Me/XP: Pentium-based 200mhz+ PC with 32 megabytes of RAM. 280 megabytes of hard drive space. CD-ROM drive for installation and game play. Windows compatible sound card. Modem/LAN/Internet for Network play

Windows 95 is not supported.


Reviews:

The Wargamer by Jim Cobb

"...The French and Indian War, shows us young George Washington learning his trade, everybody learning light infantry tactics and Native Americans teaching the Europeans some special tricks."

"The sounds of battle are fine. However, the real audio gem in this game is Thomas Hook's sound track of period pieces..."

"While these mechanics are the same as Tiller's other pre-twentieth century games; however, the game play of The French and Indian is much different. Very few of the troops are regulars with even "C" quality. Most units are militia or Native American with "D" quality and very small numbers. Using all the combat options, clashes in the woods and meadows take on a slippery texture with units lashing out boldly only to become disrupted after the first shots. Musket range is only four hexes at the most and is often limited by terrain and visibility. Artillery is scant and weak, useless against a full-fledged attack by a line. These factors mean that close assaults will decide most battles. Tension is increased by the shortness of most scenarios and the difficult in undisrupting even the victors of a charge. Players must husband reserves, keep victory conditions in mind and plot moves several turns in advance to win. The battles that take place dissolve into confused, disconnected actions even when the forces start in linear formations. Well-laid plans fall apart when militia decide they are needed elsewhere. In short, players are confronted with the same dilemmas as their historical counter-parts: how to mange raw troops in rugged territory when proper command means almost certain death to officers leading from the front."



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