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Review: America

By WES PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 30, 2001


SYSTEM: Windows

MAKER: Data Becker

PRICE: $29.99

All right, sure. America is pretty much a chip off the familiar Age of Empires real-time strategy block.

But there are worse games out there, and if you're an American history buff, you're likely to enjoy America. And, parents, it's not a bad way to introduce the students in your house to their country's past.

In America, players get 30 scenarios set in the Wild West, and they get to play (at various times) American Indians, Mexicans, U.S. settlers and outlaws.

As with many other real-time strategy games, the scenarios generally boil down to this: Mine gold. Gather food. Chop down trees for wood. Build structures to improve military units. Train lots of warriors. Overwhelm the enemy. But, you get to learn a little something about history along the way.

And, how many other games let you experience the battle of the Alamo and Little Big Horn this way?

Still, if you aren't a fan of violence in games, it helps to remember that brutality was all too common during this period in U.S. history.

So, you might want to avoid America if you don't want to see cowboys and Indians and Mexicans and outlaws attacking each other for dominance in the West.

The graphics aren't bad, but it doesn't offer much in the way of inspiration when it comes to replayability.

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