Title The Blue & The Gray Review Game Type Strategy Players 1 Company Impressions HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Submission Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review Simulations were not my thing. I'll admit that now. I thought I'd take a look into one to see what they had to offer. Feeling slightly bored with the standard videogames, my brain was begging for something more substantial. I might have gotten in over my head with THE BLUE and THE GRAY. The game comes with four books. One is a technical supplement and tutorial. (The technical part applies mainly to the PC version of the game. The Amiga version is supplied with a "technical information" insert to compensate.) The second book is a campaign manual that points out all the workings of moving your armies and the various options available to them. The third book is a "Micro Miniatures" Battle Manual that explains the battle mode used by the game, which allows the gamer to control individual or groups of soldiers. The fourth book is a history book containing all sorts of information about the Civil War. This was all quite intimidating, but interesting. Needless to say, I wasn't very good at this game the first few times I played it. I did, however, manage to rewrite history by allowing the Confederate Army to capture New York City. My meager forces were no match for the South and fell quickly. The game is played by moving your troops around the map of the U.S. as it was in the 1860's. You can recruit new soldiers and equip them. You're allotted so many moves before the opposition takes it's turn. This is probably not new to regular players of simulation games, but it was new to me. All in all, I feel I can recommend this game to hardcore simulation players due to the complexity of the game and its many different options. I also believe I can recommend it to novice players because of the nifty tutorial that's included. The graphics are sparse as most simulation graphics are, and the sound is minimal but effective. It's the gameplay that keeps the game interesting. It's not a perfect game, but it is certainly not mindless. For a change of pace from those run-and-jump, hack-and-slash games. give THE BLUE and THE GRAY a try. Set aside an afternoon to get a grip on the mechanics of the game and get into it. It's not a game you can just plop down in front of and expect to get anything out of it though!