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ZOOM Naval Campaigns
Jutland
$39.95 (Win98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (JUTLANDPJ)

Publisher: HPS Simulation

Wargame: WWI

May of 1916

The fighting in the First World War had been going on for two years. Despite the fact that enormous ground combat had occurred during that time, the powerful naval forces of the world had not clashed in full force. But in May of 1916, that was about to change. The huge dreadnoughts of the English and German fleets departed from their ports to seek out each other in the North Sea west of the area of Danish Jutland. In those misty waters, filled with uncertainty, the outcome of the First World War hung in the balance. Will the German fleet crush the English and obtain a German victory at sea or will the stronger English fleet prevail?

This first installment of the Naval Campaigns series features a REALTIME game engine that allows the player to play against the computer or against another player (or players) online. JUTLAND is a tactical battle simulation which models individual ships and capabilities.

When playing on-line, players are assigned separate forces and their knowledge of what other forces on their side are doing is limited by the visibility of their own ships. In this enhanced Fog-of-War feature, two players commanding the Main Fleet and Battlecruiser Fleet for example, would be unaware of the exact location of each others' forces unless their ships could see each other.

Twelve scenarios include the full battle of Jutland, smaller scenarios of different times of the battle, and an alternative history battle of Jutland. Bonus scenarios of Heligoland and Dogger Bank are also included.

Features:

  • Features include armor belts, mines, torpedoes, smoke laying, and visibility effects.
  • A scenario editor is also included with the game; The scenario editor allows new scenarios to be constructed from the provided ship database and existing scenarios to be modified.
  • Both the main program and scenario editor can read in a situation chart in Windows BMP format and display that chart on the screen overlaid with the position of the ships in the battle. ( This allows new scenarios to be created from historical situation charts and allows players to compare the outcome of their battles with the historical result. Eight historical situation charts from the Battle of Jutland are included with the game allowing the player to trace the flow of the battle from first encounter to the beginning of the night time chase.)
  • Complete on-line Help documentation plus on-line printable documentation in Microsoft Word format

Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/XP: Pentium-based 133mhz+ PC with 32 megabytes of RAM,. 250 megabytes of hard drive space, CDROM 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 Al Berke

"Jutland is a good, general simulation of surface tactical naval combat and of the World War I battles portrayed. At its best, Jutland sucks one into a maelstrom of gunfire, smoke screens, torpedoes, and frantic maneuvering. A good multi-player team working the fleet can be a pleasure to watch and can alleviate some of the station-keeping, micro-management headaches that result from the lack of an online pause function.

"I recommend Jutland to most gamers who are at all interested in surface naval combat. One of the advantages of its basic mechanics is that the game should be readily accessible to even beginning wargamers. For those dissatisfied with the level of detail in the system or the basic graphics, stay tuned to see what additional features and optional rules emerge as the system matures.

"To answer the question I posed in the introduction, I don't think this game is the definitive simulation of the Battle of Jutland, nor was it ever meant to be. The simplified fleet level approach leaves out too many specifics and the current lack of strategic victory objectives does not convey the restrictions under which the fleet commanders operated. Despite my carping over the broad-brush approach, however, I enjoyed playing the game and look forward to future games in the series."



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