Classic Game Review: The Shattered Alliance

Classic Game Review: The Shattered Alliance

Classic Game Review: The Shattered Alliance

Classic Game Review: The Shattered Alliance

Rome attacking the Gates of Mordor; Gondor vs. the Vikings;

it’s all possible with THE SHATTERED ALLIANCE from SSI. It offers a choice of seven scenarios plus many you can create with the fourteen armies provided. This game has the new Rapid-Fire system which makes the game play as fast as you can type in the orders with the maps and units shown in beautiful hi-resolution colour. To play, you must first pick a scenario – historical, fantasy, or a little of both. Once the game is set up and the armies displayed, the computer will begin the game by lighting one of the units. Now you enter your command. The flashing unit can either use spells, be moved, or attack. As soon as you key it in, it’s done no waiting for the computer. Play continues until one army’s morale reaches zero.

That army then sounds retreat and routs.

Combat can be by melee or missile weapons with all weapons getting bonuses or handicaps, dependent upon the opposing troop’s type and armour, (i.e. a javelin works better against light infantry than it does against heavy cavalry). The five types of terrain also affect the battle. After each battle, the forces are modified to reflect casualties, and the updated force list is shown. Various spells may also be used which can provide greater mobility, protection from attack, combat effectiveness, or increased troop morale.

Play is offered in three forms: player vs. player, player vs. computer

, and computer vs. computer. An excellent feature of this game is that the computer can play either side. This way you can never feel the computer has the advantage as, in the next game, you can play the opposite side of the same battle. There are also two skill levels, beginner and advanced, which can modify the scenario by adding to an army’s strength and/or morale. Scenarios are saved on a scratch disk, which the program initialize, but you must supply. Games may be saved, in progress, on the same scratch disk. The game’s limitations lie in that the most units any army has is eight, and the armies are all predetermined.

You must choose from the armies given, which cannot be modified in anyway.

Additionally you are limited as to which armies you can pit against each other.

For example, you cannot put the Roman army on both sides of the battle. Neither can you match Carthage against Rome to recreate battles in the Punic Wars (although both armies are in the game system).

SSI says that they can put out a utility disk which will not only allow you to pit any of the armies against one another, but will also allow you to make up the composition of the individual units themselves. SSI will make this disk available if there is enough interest. If you are interested, drop them a note. The above mentioned problem aside, the graphics are excellent, and the Rapid-Fire system makes playing fast and easy. All in all, I feel THE SHATTERED ALLIANCE is a very enjoyable game. My rating for this game is 4.7 out of 5.

Source by Alexx Brown

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