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Across the Rhine

DOS - 1995

Alt names 1944: Across the Rhine, Across the Rhine: 1944-1945 Armored Combat in Western Europe
Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States (1995)
Germany (1996)
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact), RTS, Real-Time, Tank, World War II
Publisher MicroProse Ltd., MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MPS Labs
Perspectives 1st-Person, Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4 / 5 - 36 votes

Description of Across the Rhine

In the words of veteran wargamer M. Evan Brooks: "This was the most anticipated wargame of 1993-1994. When it was finally released in 1995, it quickly sank to the depths of the ratings charts. "We wuz robbed!" seemed to be the cry of wargamers everywhere. But what they were in fact was surprised because they did not get what they had been anticipating; hoping (and to a certain degree being misled by the design team) for an M1 Tank Platoon of World War II, the customer received a totally different package.

While the design was severely flawed, it had many innovative concepts (few of which worked). On top of the design flaws, the game asked more from the MS-DOS operating system than it could deliver. The historical manual was very well done, and looking back on this one, this reviewer feels that the gamers may have "gone a bitch too far." "

Across The Rhine may not be one of MicroProse' finest titles, but it is definitely underrated-- largely due to very high anticipation among wargamers and steep hardware requirements for its time. Recommended for anyone looking for an accessible and graphically appealing tank simulation; die-hard armchair commanders looking for a realistic tank sim, on the other hand, would be better off with Spectrum Holobyte's Tank! or MicroProse' earlier classic M1 Tank Platoon.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Mara Jaded 2023-03-19 1 point

They have the gall to ask for money for this!? This 'simulation' was something I was hyped on playing when it came out. The gaming mags at the time were all spouting the same nonsense that this would be the first of the 'Next Generation' of PC games that proved 'multimedia' was the future. Dear Lord, what a letdown! PC Gamer eviscerated it in it's review after shilling it in previews! This wouldn't be the first time PC Gamer would do this, either. I absolutely loved the old school PC gaming mags (and have a HUGE collection of them in storage) but they were not immune from trying to build that nest egg in case there was another gaming crash. The other game they did this with was 'Rise of the Robots'. There was also, to a lesser extent, Cyberbykes VR, Zephr, and Quarantine. Also a Wolfenstien/DooM clone who's name escapes me at the moment.
Anyway, this game here was a sad day for Microprose fans. They had a colossal fanbase but decided to release it in a horrible/nearly unplayable state. I suppose to hit the highs that Microprose did in the early to mid 90's, you have to have some failures. But man, when they did crap the bed, they had to replace the carpet too!

angrymonk33 2022-11-25 0 point

The platoon combat system was the only downfall

TANKBOY 2021-02-09 -1 point

I loved this game back in the day. still have the manuals and game disks

KC 2018-05-04 -1 point

I guess we will never know if it is good or not unless we buy it, as there is no download.....

Einherj 2016-11-12 1 point

I have the original manual,
write your email, and we can find out something :)

Mrprofilen 2015-12-24 1 point

I ended up buying this on steam. Only came with a half complete manual. Unplayable without a manual :(

Vegetative Body 2014-10-28 2 points DOS version

This is one of the best tank strategy games ever.

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