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Robert T. Smith
Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

CCS bring on the elephants.

Kicking off R.T.Smith's series of wargames chronicling warfare from earliest to modern times, is this wargame covering ancient battles - complete with ancient units including elephants and scythed chariots. The one or two player game comes complete with five scenarios and a design option that allows you not only to mix and match a variety of armies but also to design maps and scenarios.

The sequence of play starts with the issue of orders to your side (the numbers of orders allowed depends on the number of generals you have on the field) and then involves waiting while your opponent does the same before combat (including both ranged weapons and hand-to-hand) is resolved and your units get another chance to move. Issuing orders is simplicity itself: select a unit, move the cursor to the desired spot and hit enter. Then decide which units should follow the ordered unit and which units should go elsewhere.

It's not as detailed, or as good, as his previous games, with the number of options open to you during play being limited, but it plays well and the design option means you'll get a lot of play from the game. Worth looking at especially if you're interested in the period.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

C64/128, £18.95dk, Out Now
IBM PC, £24.95dk, Out Now

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 70/100
1 day: 75/100
1 week: 80/100
1 month: 50/100
1 year: 35/100

Simple, but playable for a good while.


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The package comes with two tapes: 128K owners only need the one tape which contains the main program and the scenarios. 48K owners need to use both tapes, and they are unable to fight the Chalons scenario.


The graphics are very basic and you can forget about sound. The ordering system is friendly and takes little time to get to grips with.

Graphics: 4/10

Audio: N/A

IQ Factor: 7/10

Fun Factor: 6/10

Ace Rating: 742/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 55/100

1 hour: 70/100

1 day: 75/100

1 week: 80/100

1 month: 50/100

1 year: 35/100

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