Civil War: 1863

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$2.99 - Civil War: 1863 - Hunted Cow Studios Ltd. - v.1.0 - Developer Website

  • Graphics and Sound – 4/5

  • Strategy - 4/5

  • Fun - 3.5/5

  • Re-playability - 3.5/5

  • Overall - 3.5/5

by: Jan Maranan

One of the greatest wars The United States of America has fought occurred within its boundaries. The American Civil War between the “Union” and “Confederate” states that arose between the years 1861 – 1865 will be re-enacted on your iOS screen with a little help of a strategic mind and gaming fingers.

Civil War: 1863 is a game made by Hunted Cow Studios Ltd., the creators of the popular strategy game Tank Battle: 1944. Civil War: 1863 imparts players with a bit of American history through hexagonal grids, fog of war, and dogs of war. The game features a two-player mode and 16 campaign missions of the “Union” forces and in-app-purchase of the next 16 “Confederate” missions that consist of two parts. Just drop in the extra two bucks ($0.99 for each part) and you have yourself the full game.

The game has a non-interactive tutorial which can be found on the “Help” menu along with information regarding what types of units the “Union” and “Confederate” states have, and a summary of The American Civil War. The gameplay is a typical hex war game featuring smooth unit movement and combat animations. The “Campaign” mode is historically driven; a prelude on actual events is shown on text before the actual skirmish on each mission. The “Two Player” mode is pass-and-play which could somehow be an issue – finding a real opponent can be a rare find considering the amount of people that are into hex-strategy games, let alone in your household. Online gameplay should be considered on future updates for multi-play.

Overall, the game is really fun to play. The unit animations, the strategy, and the history involved receive a passing grade on my report card.


  • Good graphics and smooth animations

  • Competitive gameplay with 3 difficulty modes

  • A slice of history on your device (It may be close in-game, but we all know who won *wink*)


  • Needs other multiplayer options

  • The game may be too short

  • In-app-purchases may be a bummer, but we gotta buy ‘em if we love the game, right?

  • An interactive tutorial would be nice…

Civil War: 1863 - Hunted Cow Studios Ltd.

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