Turn-based historical wargames have always occupied
a special niche in PC gaming history, but they're
not known for their accessibility. Birth of America
attempts to bridge that gap somewhat by focusing
squarely on combat and eliminating much of the
micromanagement that accompanies most wargames.
It also takes place on a handsome hand-drawn map
that painstakingly re-creates the geographical landscape
of colonial America. Yet the game still suffers from the traditional
drawbacks of the genre: meager production values and a steep
learning curve that limits the enjoyment to veteran armchair generals.