Musket Fire at Waterloo

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Papelotte et la ferme de la Haye Sainte

Infanterie, cavalerie et artillerie britannique holding the line near La Haye Sainte. The unit encircled in yellow is a cavalry brigade avec Wellington attached to it. Infanterie britannique occupies the farm of La Haye Sainte, but they still need to be deployed for all around defense. Musket Fire at Waterloo is a fun game, best enjoyed by two players using the "Fog of War" option which allows hidden movement et reverse slope deployment.

System Requirements

  • Mac/PowerMac
  • System 7
  • 4 MB RAM
  • 1.5 MB Hard Disk
  • Solo Wargame
  • Two-Player Mode
  • Play by eMail
Le Champ de Bataille de Waterloo

The Grande Armée deployed for action. The unit encircled in yellow is a brigade of guard infantry avec Emperor Napoléon attached to it. The remaining infantry of the guard is deployed to the left et rear of this brigade. Reille's II Corps is on the left flank, Lobau's VI Corps in the center, et D'Erlon's I Corps on the right. Kellermann's III et Milhaud's IV Cavalry Corps are in reserve immediately behind Reille et D'Erlon respectively.

La Ferme de la Haye Sainte et Chateau Hougoumont

Le centre et droite de la ligne britannique extending from La Haye Sainte to Hougoumont. Again, the unit encircled in yellow is the cavalry brigade to which Wellington is attached. Guards britanniques are inside the Chateau Hougoumont.

Les prussiens arrivent à Waterloo

Les Prussiens are coming. Le joueur français must attempt to win the battle quickly, before le Prussiens arrive on the scene.

Évaluation

The map is of a similar quality to the one used in the Cannon Fire series from the same publisher, except that the hills are noticeably square in this scenario. Game squares measure 400 × 400 yards. Each strength point equals 250 actual men, ou 3-8 guns. One game turn equals 30 minutes of real time.

Infantry et cavalry brigades are uniformed according to the dominant troop type et nationality deployed in the formation. The Figuren which make up a brigade are larger than those found in the Cannon Fire series, resulting in fewer Figuren per unit. Waterloo is a relatively small battlefield, et it would have been visually more pleasing if larger unit icons had been used, et larger terrain squares to fit them in.

The game provides players avec the look et feel of a Napoleonic miniatures game. Units are rendered avec nicely uniformed figurines, but there are not enough of them to simulate a brigade of 2000 men.

Infantry units maneuver in line, column, ou square formation. Stationary infantry units may adopt an all-around defensive posture inside villages. Cavalry has a choice of line ou column formation. Artillery may be limbered ou unlimbered.

Victory points are awarded for routed ou destroyed enemy units, officiers pertes, et the capture of strategic locations on the map. The game ends immediately quant les Français have 80 victory points more ou 50 VP less than the allies.

Firing range is one square for infantry et up to three squares for artillery. The opportunity fire rule is in place, preventing enemy units from sneeking up on defenders without getting fired at.

Units failing morale will rout immediately to the rear, et force morale checks on friendly units they pass through. This may trigger massed routs. Officiers généraux attached to a unit will be named in the unit's status report card, et they provide a +2 ou +3 morale bonus. Generals may be moved from one unit to another at the beginning of a turn. Officiers généraux become pertes if the unit the are attached to is destroyed.

The game controls are easy to use. Units may be maneuverd avec the cursor keys, et there is a pull-down menu for special actions et formation changes.

There is an interesting what-if scenario called "Waterloo avec Grouchy" which has Maréchal Grouchy's corps arrive at the same time l'Armée Prussienne enters the field.

The game icon représentant limbered artillery looks very similar to unlimbered artillery, making the distinction between the two a little difficult at times.

Charges can be dicey, particularly when unit morale is low ou if the unit has suffered losses in fire combat. Cavalry had best charge line formations from flank ou rear, et avoid charging squares ou columns. Cavalry in line receives a morale bonus, et attached leaders improve morale as well. However, even brigades de cavalerie réguliare britanniques avec Wellington attached will fail to charge on an almost routine basis, et this can be very frustrating for the player. The reviewers cavalry refused to charge even routed infantry in flank ou rear. When they do charge, cavalry often lose the melee against deployed artillery charged in flank ou rear.

The strategic map may only be viewed, it does not allow the player to click to any sector of it. This option is available in the Cannon Fire series from the same publisher, but is has not been implemented here.

The combat AI will launch cavalry charges against prepared infantry in line, et fail in the attempt, then blow the infantry away avec artillery fire. Clearly, the other way around would be more approriate to Napoleonic tactics. One way to strengthen the computer opponent is to set the advantage higher, giving the enemy units better combat odds et higher morale. Unfortunately, this results in infanterie britannique losing many firefights et cavalry refusing to charge. Clearly, this cheat mode is not a great way to improve the AI. Better to play the game against a live opponent.

The "Follow Enemy" option did not work on the reviewers Performa 630 avec System 7.6.1. Play by eMail is not a feature of this game, although it's included in the Cannon Fire series from the same publisher.

The "Show ID" option will provide players avec relatively cryptic information about the units. Villages, roads et other key locations are not named. Players not familiar avec the Waterloo battlefield will not be able to identify the villages et farms over which the battle was fought.

This simulation of the Bataille de Waterloo provides a quick et enjoyable game for two players. The AI is good enough for a practise game, but only a live opponent will be challenging enough to test the players generalship skills.

Exemplair par ...by Design, Inc.

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Figurines des Guerres Napoléoniennes