Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. AGEod brings a unique aesthetic to their wargames, fusing the colors of old atlases with the functionality of intuitive design.
  2. AGEod's American Civil War: The Blue and the Gray is definitely intended for serious Civil War strategists.
  3. The Blue and the Gray is a niche game that will appeal to a very specific audience, so in that regard it’s a tough sell. However, if you fit into that group of hardcore strategy fans and Civil War enthusiasts, then this could be one that you’ll want to check out.
  4. 62
    There's no denying that this is the most comprehensive and realistic simulations [sic] of the American Civil War that we've seen in a long, long time. But, as a consequence, it's also a remarkable impenetrable, laborious experiences, even by wargame standards.
  5. 60
    It does look good -- it's bright, colorful and the period art is great, as is the music -- but it's impossible to recommend for anyone other than the hardest of the hardcore. For those gamers, this is a no-brainer.
  6. This game is clever, deep, multifacted and a strategy nerd's wet dream. It's just a shame that it all comes at the expense of being very, very boring as well. [Dec 2007, p.84]
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 23, 2014
    1
    way too detailed, I spent a few hours trying to learn how to play and still am confused. I understand real armies have to deal with logistical support but in real life there are subordinate commanders to deal with those aspects. If you are a micromanaging 4 star general then this is the game for you. I really wanted to like this game too as I do enjoy American history and the game did seem to make every effort to remain true to history, but the super complex interface really killed the game for me. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    9
    I enjoy this game alot. It has all the little details you look for in what I have termed a Digital Board Game. You move your pieces around, you set up logistic lines and areas that you wish to engage the enemy. The Landscape and lines of combat comes into play. While the East is a brutal slug fest, the west and far west are open areas where rivers and turning combat come into play. The war of The North Vs The South has never had such a detailed attempt. I just hope they come back and give it another go. Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2012
    8
    This game, much like Pride of Nations and others that use the same engine are frustratingly, mind-meltingly complex. Every conceivable detail is taken into account, and I literally spent several days trying to understand the interface (I still do not fully understand it). After spending literally hours trying to get supply lines, assigning leaders, checking terrain, setting up orders, trying to gather intelligence, terrain, weather, finances, reinforcements, attrition, and all the rest of it, I could finally actually move men into enemy territory. If you have a life, are not a hardcore history buff, or just like the casual gaming, this game is NOT for you. I had this game for about a year and still do not understand it. However, if you do have the time, patience, and know-how, you can laugh at people like me and enjoy it a lot. Full Review »