Birth of America is an American Revolutionary War/French and Indian War grand strategy title based on a simultaneous monthly turn style of play. Birth of America is already being hailed as a complete and detailed simulation of the two most important wars in Colonial America but with a simple and elegant new simultaneous turn-based engine. Players issue orders to their units during the order phase and then enter a collision phase where the orders of both sides are executed simultaneously on a daily basis until the month has elapsed. Covering the period from 1755 to 1783, in Birth of America you will have the chance to command forces during the French and Indian War and, of course, the American Revolutionary War. Scope of the game covers all of North America (Florida to Quebec and New England to Mississippi) which are portrayed by over 700 accurately drawn provinces. Every province is meticulously crafted through a great diversity of terrain, climates, and civilization levels to represent the unique strategic situation presented by the geography of each region.
Players have the ability to control most the military action in their nation like drafting forces, building forts and depots, sieges and blockades, raiding enemy settlements and battles, both on land and at sea. However, political aspects of the conflict (especially during the War of Independence) are also taken into account. Political power plays can have significant impacts on various aspects of the game’s strategic situation. Things like militia levies, the opinions of one’s minister in the homeland, and rebels and Tories shifting loyalties can all help or hurt your quest for victory.
Birth of America Review
"I think there are two types of people who would be entranced by this game: those who are fascinated with this period of history, and those who think the specific strategic challenge of fighting in a large area with only a few troops is interesting. "
Birth of America
"Wouldn't it be nice though if for once we had a turn-based strategy game that was not only complex and deep but also looked great? Well maybe we can have it all as Birth of America not only plays a great game but also has a visual style that few in the genre can even come close to."
Armchair General Review
A stunningly beautiful game which covers a period lacking much prior attention. Super AI and very challenging, yet also easy to jump right in and play. All the factors of warfare in the era (leadership, logistics, population control, and so forth) are included. If you have any interest at all in this time, buy it and prepare to write off all your spare time. It is that good!
Computer Games Magazine
an excellent, original wargame about the American Revolutionary War, one that utilizes the best elements of boardgame presentation without overly abstracting from the actual gameplay.