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The Great Battles of Alexander is the first offering in Interactive Magic's The Great Battle Series which features the exploits of ancient warfare's greatest military leaders. The Great Battles of Hannibal and the Great Battles of Julius Caesar are the projected titles two and three in this series. The Great Battles of Alexander (GBA) portrays the development of the Macedonian art of war as originally formulated by Philip II, King of Macedon. It reached its peak during the reign of his son, Alexander III, who, after his conquest of the Persian Empire, became known as Alexander the Great. GBA spans Alexander The Great's entire career from Prince of Macedonia to conqueror of the Western world. The strategic game features ten battle scenarios from Alexander's rise to fame plus a campaign game where you can try to match the strategic brilliance of Alexander as he conquered all of the known world. GBA covers almost every battle fought by Alexander and his army before and during his conquest of the world. The battles illustrate the triumph of the Macedonian system of "combined arms" -led by a powerful heavy cavalry and anchored by a relentless phalanx of spears-first over a Greek hoplite system that had been in place for centuries, and then to its ultimate fruition against the massive, but often out-of-date, "light" armies of the Persian Empire.
GBA's opening screen offers the following options: Start Campaign, Start Battle, Load Saved Game, View Historical Video, Multiplayer, View Tutorial and Exit. When you click the Start Battle button the Choose scenario dialog box is displayed. Here you select the battle by clicking on the battle site you want to play: Chaeronea (338 BC), Lyginus (335 BC), Pelium (335 BC), Granicus (334 BC), Issus (333 BC), Gaugamela (331 BC), Jaxartes ( 329 BC) Samarkand (329/328 BC), Arigaeum (327 BC) or Hydaspes (326 BC). You then select which side you want to control; by either being Alexander or opposing him in the role of Darius, Mennon, Clitus or other military commanders of the age, and then the level of difficulty for the game: Easy, Normal, Hard, or Custom. When a battle begins you choose which leader on the field will be activated first. When a leader is activated he gives orders that allow the units on the field within his command range to move, missile volley, and conduct shock combat. The computer then attempts momentum, which may give him extra command orders. These extra commands come in handy for rallying routing troops or by removing hit points and restoring cohesion to the units under his command. When all the leaders have been activated and have finished their orders the game turn is over and the Game Overview window is displayed. You can play GBA with a friend head-to-head either on your computer (by choosing the Player option for both sides in the Leader Control dialog box) or by going on-line with a modem, over the Internet or on a network.
When you click on the Start Campaign button you are taken to the opening map for the campaign game where you select Battle to start the campaign to rule the world. After winning all of the battles, you will be given an overall rating. The computer will determine this by how well you kept the provinces under subjugation, how quickly you fought the battles, and how well your armies faired under your leadership. Your individual rating (Alexander the Omnipotent, Great, Strong, Mediocre, Pathetic, or Cretin) will confirm your position as one of the greatest leaders in history, or possibly give you incentive to start another campaign and hopefully improve your standing.
It is a good idea to run through the Quickstart on page 14 of the manual. The Quickstart tutorial takes you though one round of the battle Pelium and shows you the basics of moving troops and preparing them for battle. As usual in a game of this style whenever I play against a computer I feel at a disadvantage. I am starting the game at one end of the learning curve while the computer is at the other. But I have to admit that after a few battles, most at the easiest level, I started to get the hang of the strategy needed to win a battle and then I began to dream of conquering the world.Written by Brian Millward
486 DX100 Mhz or faster (Pentium 100 or better recommended),
16 MB of RAM,
30 MB of free Hard disk space,
Double speed CD-ROM drive or faster,
1 MB SVGA video graphic card capable of displaying 640 x 480 with 256 colors,
Microsoft mouse or 100% compatibles and keyboard required,
Sound Blaster cards and 100% compatibles.
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