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Reviews About Old Software on CD-ROM from the 1990’s

Twelve Roads to Gettysburg April 30, 2009

History & Mythology

Twelve Roads to Gettysburg

Twelve Roads to Gettysburg (TDC Interactive/Queue) is an interesting disc that misses an opportunity to be outstanding. It’s packed with an enormous amount of well organized, well written information. The main menu offers buttons on Campaigns and Strategies, The Battle, Confederate Armies and Individuals, Union Armies and Individuals, and Gettysburg Today. Each of these has a full sub-menu, yet navigating around within all these menus is easy as pie. The basic screen is split between a map of the battlefield on the left and a panel of text on the right. Buttons on the bottom of the text panel let you pause, go back, continue, or return to the mini-menu. Buttons on the bottom of the map let you access terrain features and roads. A voice narrates the text panel, and the map springs into motion following what is being said. The action is depicted in the usual military-map symbols: lines and blocks of soldiers, Confederates in red color, Federals in blue, names of commanding officers for the most part with their troops – all overlaid on the basic map. Names of commanding officers and of topographic features are highlighted; click on any highlighted item for more information. But all this information can overwhelming. It’s often difficult to follow the shifting lines on the map while listening to the narration, and it’s always difficult to follow them if you are reading the text. Finally, here was the chance to do something different in portraying armies meeting on a battlefield. Flat maps with moving symbols are for filmstrips; it’s what books do, at least when they show maps in sequence, whereas the multimedia components of a CD-ROM could actually bring some depth to the depiction of the battle. Alas, Twelve Roads to Gettysburg misses the mark.

– November 1996


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