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  • Summary: The year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of the French & Indian Wars. Twenty years later, the War of the American Independance began. These two events marked the real start of a new era, the end of an empire, the birth of a nation. In Birth of America, the player controls oneThe year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of the French & Indian Wars. Twenty years later, the War of the American Independance began. These two events marked the real start of a new era, the end of an empire, the birth of a nation. In Birth of America, the player controls one of the major contenders of these 2 conflicts, trying to achieve military and political victory. It is a rather complete and detailed simulation of the two most important wars in Colonial America - from 1755 to 1783 - but with a simple and elegant new simultaneous turn-based engine. [Strategy First] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    80
    It's the best evidence of games' actually having some value beyond entertainment, and it's a total bonus and not necessary for game enjoyment. You can play it just as a game, and it works fine too. [July 2006, p.62]
  2. PC Gamer UK
    71
    The beauty of BoA is the way it captures the unique character of American Revolutionary warfare without drowning wannabe Washingtons and Howes in detail. [May 2006, p.81]
  3. For those willing to tolerate a few boardgame-style abstractions, a little thumb-twiddling (sometimes turn calculations can take a minute or two) and the odd bit of bafflement (fundamentally simple, the game does have a few confusing elements like supply simulation), purchase options are pretty diverse.
  4. PC Zone UK
    70
    Plenty of tactical depth and a wealth of historical information. [Nov 2006, p.73]
  5. This is the kind of game nerds play when they’re waiting for new Dungeons & Dragons campaign books to come out.
  6. Birth of America's challenging artificial intelligence and historical authenticity will please grizzled wargamers, but it doesn't do quite enough to broaden the genre's appeal to newcomers.
  7. The AI presents a formidable challenge and the conflicts are both historic and monumental. However, the presentation could use a lot of work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Sep 22, 2012
    9
    Very solid title coming from a big-time strategy game fan. I don't like shooters or sports titles or fancy graphics in lieu of content.Very solid title coming from a big-time strategy game fan. I don't like shooters or sports titles or fancy graphics in lieu of content. Stategy, simulation, or adnenture games for me. I have played many titles and I just recently stumbled across this one. Wow! Good stuff. If concepts are more important to you than graphics then this is a very solid war stategy game. It seemed too complex initially but after about 11 hours I understood how simple and streamlined it really is.

    I gave this game a 9 but considered an 8. Although I haven't finished it yet I can already tell that it will be pretty much the same thing with just more challenges thrown at you. That is why I considered 8. But after reconsidering I realized that this game completely achieves its objectives and definitely makes you feel like you are the 5-star general moving your officers around the map. It accomplished this with very simple ideas that are actually very complex. Micromanagement, which I like however, is at a very minimum.

    Had this title included economic, political, and domestic features that were more fleshed out then this would have easily been my 2nd all-time score of 10. Instead it is in rare company with a 9. Game is worth $30, at least; Im so I glad I got it for $9.99.

    It's definitely worth it.
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  2. [anonymous]
    Feb 12, 2009
    9
    Very solid but only for people who truly appreciate strategy.
  3. Chriss
    Feb 22, 2009
    9
    Would be a 10 easy but it plays a bit slow. It was such a nice change from base building rts.
  4. DavidY.
    Dec 21, 2009
    8
    Fun strategy game, much like a board game but would be good if you could control production or influece how the locals think about your side. Fun strategy game, much like a board game but would be good if you could control production or influece how the locals think about your side. AI seems pretty good too. Expand
  5. DanW
    Oct 15, 2008
    0
    I played this game for about 10 minutes before realising how poor it was. Don't waste your hard earned on it like I did.