Absorbing historical strategy sim
History buffs are sure to enjoy this little known strategy game, as it traces the path of the US Marine Corps through the 19th and 20th centuries, taking in their most famous battles along the way. Although not a perfect sim by any means, it is detailed and enjoyable enough to warrant an investigation. The game features turn-based gameplay and is notable for its attention to detail, with concepts such as chain of command being implemented in a realistic fashion. While graphically crude, Halls of Montezuma does score points for this general feel of historical accuracy, with an intuitive interface that is easy to pick up despite the complexity on display. Gameplay is also highly flexible and encourages differing tactics and approaches, which will definitely please armchair generals. An added bonus is the excellent scenario editor and construction set which allows the dedicated player to devise their own missions and which adds much to the game's appeal and longevity. A couple of minor niggles, like occasional lapses in authenticity and an AI which is disappointingly lacking in challenge, don't detract from the fact that this is an absorbing game which should appeal to fans of Sid Meier's Gettysburg.