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MC Lothlorien Ltd
Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Phil South
Chris Bourne

D'you know, I didn't know there was a sequel to the American Civil War... shows ya what ya can miss if ya don't pay attention. Once again, that wargaming specialist Lothlorien serves up a generous helping of death, doom and destruction in the shadowy figure of its newest wargame strategy/simulation.

The premise is simple. You are a general in the Union or Confederate army (the choice is yours). It's down to you to out-think the opposing army's general and win the war. It's a story as old as time itself, innit?

Using a skilful combination of a joystick controlled cursor and a few keys on the squishboard, you place and mobilise troops and order them to do various things. Using a blend of strategy and sadism you beat the opposing forces into the ground and emerge from the battlefield bloody but victorious... Well, actually, it's not as easy as that.

The computer is a superb strategist, and quite a lot of the time can out-think you at your every turn. As a spot of mental press-ups this kind of activity has a lot to recommend it.

The presentation of the game is a bit bland, it's not a pretty game to watch, but on reflection certain games I could mention suffer from being pretty but pointless, so p'raps that's not so bad after all. Very good, I would imagine, if you're into wargaming and you can't find anyone to pit your lead soldiers against!