Personally, the turn based description with video almost sounds like Robert E. Lee: Civil War General and Grant, Lee, Sherman: Civil War 2 Generals too me. Although in both the video option only appears during a clash between opposing units or artillery.
Last edited on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 06:48 am by Hellcat
Thanks for the help. The demos from download.com are the demos of the game as released, RTS. I'll check the other ones, but I'm not hopeful - if may be a Lost Cause. I had the demo on some magazine CD back in the late nineties - I think the game was radically redesigned, because I never saw a release that looked like that demo. It was mighty sweet, which makes being unable to find it tough.
Thanks again for the response - and do you have any suggestions for me for games that will run on an old machine, 500mhz Celeron, 198 RAM, Win98SE, real cheap & old 3D video card - and turn-based ! All that moving around and quick movements in RTS games makes me grumpy.
The demos at all these sites are the same RTS. Not a bad game, and it does run well on this machine; it has a pause function, so you can stop for a minute and think. I may just get the full versions of Sid's games and let it go.
But, man, these websites ! All their video ad boxes and animated banners and flashing lights, bogs my poor ol' machine down just loading their pages. Guess I should take a few goats to Town and get an updated rig.
But hey, Netflix just sent me Gettysburg, and I do have a TV/DVD hooked up to the windmill, so I'm doin' better'n most folks around here.
Sorry, I did a quick search for the demo and that's some of what I found.
As for your question about any suggestions I might have for older computers, can't really say I'd be of much help. To date I've only owned and played a grand total of four Civil War themed computer games. Two, the second and fouth to be more precise, I mentioned in my initial post. The first one was called Civil War BattleGame I got back when 5 1/2" disks were the disks to have. Very basic game with the graphics requiring a CGA or better video card. Graphics themseves were C for a calvary unit, A for artillery, I for infantry, and either S or G for ship or gunboat (it's been well over a decade since I've even been able to play the game so I don't remember exactly what letter was used for the gunboats for the Shiloh battle). Little dots all over the screen for where you could move, astericks for trees, and I think either O or equal marks for water.
Third game I owned was Sid Meier's Antietam, but it's been several years since I last played it. So I don't remember it being RTS, but I'll take your word for it.
As for the other two, both are for Windows 95 or Windows 3.1, both developed by a company called Impressions and produced by a company called Sierra. Don't know what other folks think of them, but I like them. They are turn based, I normally play against the computer and after I get done moving all my pieces, or attacking with my pieces, I have to wait for the computer to do the same thing. Both use Mort Kunstler's artwork for credits before you even get into the game. A feature I like of both is that they have a kind of mini encyclopedia on aspects of the war. It's pretty much geared at folks who don't know much about the war and kids who are studying the war in school, especially the latter. Civil War 2 also lets you create your own battles so you can make up something that never occured during the war (like say the Army of Northern Virginia laying siege to Boston), alternate versions of actual battles (maybe having Picket's Brigade stike somewhere else at Gettysburg rather than where they actually struck), or actual battles that might not have made it into the game (like say the Battle of Roanoke Island, something I've been looking at doing).
Again, I'm probably not someone to take advice from on the games as I've played so few. What I like and what someone else likes are completely different. And I'm not so sure if you could find Robert E. Lee: Civil War General or Grant, Lee, Sherman: Civil War 2 Generals without hitting ebay or someplace that might sell them used. I was lucky to get the first one for either my birthday or Christmas about '96 or '97 and the sequel I got from a bargin bin at the local Staples a few years ago. And even that was a bit of a hunt.
Last edited on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 06:53 am by Hellcat
Believe it or not, the DOS games CW Strategy & CW Battleset are the first ones I found when looking for old games for this machine. I can't locate the link right now, or I'd include it for others to look at.
Those games are OLD. I remember playing CW Strategy on an IBMPC 386 about 1987. I found them on a site run by one guy who has alot of really old stuff. Memories of college days, learning to work with these damn machines, and playing that CW game-for-the-young WHAT IF?
But finding those, while looking around for old servicable software, led me to remember that old first Antietam demo. When you clicked on a unit on the field, a window popped up that gave more information on that unit than you could shake a re-enactor at.
Thanks for the help. I'm just going to have to get a new machine. I haven't owned a machine at the house for many years - used one at work and had my fill. Didn't do much internet stuff, tho, that wasn't strictly related to the job, so going out and "Surfing the Web" and so on is pretty new to me, too. I get kinda retro, sometimes.