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DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact), Naval
Publisher ARC
Developer Turcan Research Systems Limited
Perspective 3rd-Person
5 / 5 - 3 votes

Description of Armada

Armada is the first naval wargame in an unrelated series of real-time wargames with isometric perspective by Peter Turcan. Unfortunately, it is also the most obscure due to much more limited distribution than his previous games. As veteran wargamer observes in his concise capsule review of the game: "[Armada is] a British product... [that] covered the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) by a motley crew of English adventurers, opportunists and patriots. Using a "commander viewpoint" and typed-in commands, it was somewhat difficult to learn the basic system, but it presented a unique perspective."

Overall, Armada is an interesting application of ground-based game engine used in Borodino 1812 to naval battles, but probably still too "dry" and clumsy for an average wargamer. Still, the second Turcan game based on this system, Dreadnoughts, improves over this spiritual predecessor in many ways, so you might want to check that one out.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

krashd 2016-08-23 0 point DOS version

Sid Meier's Pirates!? You are comparing Arkanoid to Doom. Also weather conditions during a sea battle affect both parties.

Turtler 2015-05-08 1 point DOS version


The problem with that theory is that they only suffered the worst adverse climate conditions AFTER being harassed up and down the Channel (quite literally) and the crucial fireship attack that did the most damage. Which caused a few thousand casualties even before sickness, disease, shipwreck, enemy militias (under orders to kill any shipwrecked Habsburg sailors they found) and the like did their job on the long road home.

So saying it is just "politically biased Anglo-Saxon propaganda" says more about your own biases than that of the game, even though I agree that it is massively overblown (this was no Trafalgar, to put it lightly).

aswarp 2014-11-07 2 points DOS version

It is quite sutpid to make a game on the defeat of the Spanish Armada, because it was mostly lost due to adverse climate conditions. IMHO the storyline it's only the usual politically biased anglo-saxon propaganda against everything spanish (or latin). However, the brilliancy of this kind of games is shown at its best on Sid Meier's Pirates!, and one cannot deny technical excellency.

Tigerace 2014-07-02 0 point DOS version

This one used to crash on the full game all the time. Hopefully its fixed as the full seabattle was something like 5 days.
Had the joy of buying all of Turcons games, but he seems to have disappeared

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