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The Spanish-American War of 1898 marked the rise of one Great Power and the fall of another. This conflict, spurred on by colonial ambitions and the infamous destruction of the USS Maine, was decided at sea in two short and brutally decisive engagements at Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba. With no ability to support their troops abroad, Spain admitted defeat within just five months.
The war took place during a period of unprecedented changes in naval technology and doctrine, with stark differences from one ship to the next. Both sides suffered from a variety of unforeseen challenges, be it from lack of experience or preparedness. In the end, the numerical, qualitative and home-field advantages carried the day for the United States.
But what if events had turned out differently? In addition to the two historical and rather one-sided battles, this game also depicts many hypothetical situations in which commanders made different decisions at key moments or had more resources to work with. Spanish soldiers fought gallantly even with their serious handicaps. When given better tools and tactics, perhaps they could have changed the course of history?
Spanish-American War Naval Battles includes 20 Scenarios – covering all sizes and situations, including a solo tutorial scenario plus specialized versions for both head to head play and vs. the computer AI.
Two expansive maps covering the key coastal theaters of the war: Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba.
The order of battle files cover the Spanish and American forces that participated in the campaign with other formations added in for hypothetical situations.
Scenario Editor which allows players to customize the game.
Design notes which cover or include the production of the game, campaign notes and a bibliography that includes the sources used by the design team to produce this simulation game.
Spanish-American War Naval Battles provides multiple play options including play against the computer AI, LAN & Internet "live" play.
20 scenarios are included:
6 scenarios dealing with the historical Battle of Manila Bay (1 May 1898) covering the historical event from the first shot fired, three hypothetical variations and two further hypotheticals regarding the Spanish response to this battle.
6 scenarios dealing with the historical Battle of Santiago de Cuba (3 July 1898) covering the historical event from the first shot fired, two hypothetical variations and three further hypotheticals regarding the blockade and the battle’s aftermath.
3 hypothetical scenarios covering the initial Spanish fleet movements in the North Atlantic and Caribbean.
2 hypothetical scenarios covering the USS Oregon’s transit from the West to East Coast.
1 hypothetical scenario involving the Eastern Squadron sent across the Atlantic after the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.
1 hypothetical scenario involving the USS Maine and an alternative start to the war.
1 fantasy scenario involving the entire unit roster of both sides pitted against each other in a full fleet engagement.
Version 4.03.1 - 364 MB download
Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 or 11
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB
Video Memory: 512 MB