For over a year the forces of the United States of America (Northern States) and the Confederates States of America (Southern States) have fought a bitter war. In 1862 the governments of Great Britain, France and Spain recognize the Southern States to secure raw materials. The Souths economy becomes dependent on trade with Europe.
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Mixed (30 reviews) - 43% of the 30 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 10, 2009

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About This Game

For over a year the forces of the United States of America (Northern States) and the Confederates States of America (Southern States) have fought a bitter war. In 1862 the governments of Great Britain, France and Spain recognize the Southern States to secure raw materials. The Souths economy becomes dependent on trade with Europe. The Northern Government imposes a complete blockade of shipping to the South. The Confederate Government buys warships from the European powers, to protect its trade. This sets the stage for a naval conflict for control of the Confederates trade routes. Choose a side, build a fleet and destroy the enemy.



Key features:

  • Manage financial and strategic aspects while planning your squadron's structure
  • Scramble your fleet to gain sea supremacy
  • Set up battle squadron groups, their formations and management
  • Realistic ship models and characteristics
  • Advanced ballistics and weapon models

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 / Athlon 1.1 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB GeForce 6600 / RADEON 9600 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0C
    • Hard Drive:
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible/16-bit sound PCI

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 / Athlon 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM or above
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 7600 / RADEON x1600 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0C
    • Hard Drive:
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible/16-bit sound PCI
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Overall:
Mixed (30 reviews)
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Unexpected Jihad
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Broken English, complicated controls, yet, I have to commend this game because it hasn't been banned for having Confederate symbolism.
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sethgaines
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
Absolute dog of a game. It's like a cheap mobile game. The 'campaign' is the same battle over and over. The ships are really boring, and even if one of them was unique, you can sink it again and again, or own 4. Combat drags on forever. Graphics weren't very good for 2009, and haven't aged well.
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Agathosdaimon
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
having played now a littl eof this i think it is an okay game to get if on sale perhaps but its appeal is going to be restricted to only the few diehard fans of the period who like their battles to move at a snails pace and also to how a limited role in activity of the battle itself
you can direct the ship column and you can alter its speed and tell it not to fire if you want, though i cant see any reason ever to do so
- there is no way to change formations in battle or even to detach a ship from you column - these omissions i find strange

perhaps the biggest gripe i would have are the non-existent collision physics - for a historical game like this where the close quarters ship firefights happen alot as the AI will come right in to fight, there are frequent collisions, but the ships just bounce of each stutteringly until one a bounce enough to move away - this is ridiculous when the pointy end of an ironclad civil war gun ship rams into the side of a wooden sailing vessel - there is no destruction occurring at all, except for the slight percentage damage added to the ships damage stat - but this sometimes doesnt occur at all - ram a ship like this would certainly sink at least one of them outright

i will recommend the game because it is easy to play with and i think the graphics are nice enough, but with the above caveats about its shoddy collision physics and limited player controls
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JRWH572
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
I wanted to love this game. History and alternate history stories have been a hobby of mine as far back as I can remember and the US Civil war is one of my favorite periods. The idea of the Confederates gaining the naval strength to go toe to toe with the Union navy is one of my favorite What Ifs of the war and there as so few naval foused games, especially set in this period, that it seemed like a match made in heaven.

Where things went wrong.

1: You can only control the flagship of a squadron directly. In fact you can't give any orders to the other ships at all and can't even order your ships into battle formation as far as I can tell.

2: The flagship's controls are far too clunky and the flagships will sometimes switch their engines to full reverse for no apparent reason.

3: Battles take forever even with the turbo speed option engaged. I played one battle for almost an hour. Not only was the battle not over but none of the 13 ships involved had been sunk or surrendered and the most heavily damaged had only taken around 65 percent damage. This ship started fleeing at 60 percent damage but fled through the heart of my nearest squadron guns blazing rather then running away and soon rejoined its squadron for their next pass.

4: There aren't enough ship classes in the game. There are six ship classes but each side only has three warship classes to choose from. Though I will say that I was pleasantly surprised when I realized they didn't just have both sides using the same ship classes they really need more choices in fleet makeup,
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Asur
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 13, 2015
Interesting experience for this price. Not super fun but historically accurate for era.
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DrVesuvius
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2015
This game is like an early alpha. There's only one mode of play - buy a fleet of ships then set them against eachother in a fleet action. In the battle phase of the game there's very little to actually do. Your ships are grouped into three squadrons and for each squadron you can pick a speed and course, and whether or not the ships can open fire or not. And that's pretty much the total gameplay. You can't pick your targets. You can't choose ammunition types. There's no damage control or firefighting. You can't grapple and board. Because the game is set in the "High Seas" (despite using river monitors!) the battles are in completely open ocean, without so much as an island to add variety. I finally gave up on this game when a ship ramming another amidships had absolutely no effect whatsoever.

Graphics are barely adequate, music and sound effects are okay. It's like someone started a project to do a naval combat game and got the code to the absolute minimal running state before abandoning it. You might be tempted to buy this if you see it cheap. Don't. However little you pay for it, you won't get your money's worth.
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the evil one
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4, 2015
waste of space
looks good in the screen shots but the reality is a boring pointless game
no tutorial, no options, can't even turn the dire music off
so many way better naval games than the ironclads
even total wars do a better naval fight than this pile of crud
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Sidney
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21, 2015
Well, I got this cos I'm quite a nerd for ironclad ships, but I think I really wasted my money even though I got it pretty cheap on sale. The gameplay is barely there, all you can do is steer your columns of ships and tell them when to start firing. you can't target specific enemy ships, you get very little info about the status of any ships. I was very dissapointed as I really wanted this game to be at least ok.
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peteswansen
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3, 2015
really sucks
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Sir Hacksalot
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 12, 2015
This game is so bad I'm suprised it hasnt been pulled from the store.

I bought it, its now hidden from my library and will stay that way.
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The Führer of Flavortown
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14, 2015
Fast paced, high intensity, action packed combat is what this game doesn't have. However, it does have spelling errors. I was sunk by the Emerlad.
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torrent of a goose
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10, 2015
a very nice game.

for those who complain that there is no tutorial, i suggest that you consult the game manual.

its brief, clear and does the job.

for those who say its a slow boring game i suggest that realistic naval wargames are obviously not your thing.

this game is very tactical and rewarding.

my only complaint is that i can t turn the music off!

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Pomurnik
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10, 2015
Good but wasted idea. Unfortunatelly it looks it was left in the beta stage. Bugged like an old piece of wood.
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yuru
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11, 2015
Really boring ship real time strategy
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mandrakeahner
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2014
not worth it
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Serpent
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 2, 2014
GAME VIDEO SETTINGS:

SteamApps Folder (for example C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Ironclads High Seas\Config.exe)


REVIEWS:

100% Wargamer. The Wargamer is pleased to present Totem Games with an Award for Excellence due to exquisite modeling of ship graphics, clean, and simple interface, and study of a neglected topic. ( http://wargamer.com/article/2782/ironclads-high-seas )


93% SubSim. Simple and quick to understand, No complex table and keyboard commands to memorize. Great modeling, a rare subject. ( http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=143313 )


85% Armchairgeneral. Passed Inspection: Great graphics, challenging AI, realistic physics, nice interface, neglected topic, useful editor. Failed Basic: No multi-play, lack of weather and land. ( http://www.armchairgeneral.com/ironclads-high-seas-pc-game-review.htm )


SimHQ Review. Good - Value for the price/ Decent AI / Runs well on moderate hardware (and laptops) / Replayable. Could be Better - No multiplayer/ No custom missions / Water graphics too placid ( http://www.simhq.com/_naval/naval_027a.html )
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jhuff
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28, 2014
I liked it,...it's not a fast game,...but..if you like to try out think the enemy...it's fun..and keep in mind the era of play.
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Cid
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29, 2014
Do NOT buy this game, here is why:

- ZERO help, figure everything out by yourself, there isn't even a text help file you can read
- LAGGY interface, you never know if you actually clicked something or not
- BAD graphic, I know not to expect much, but the ships looks bad, so does the sea
- NO FUN its a really really boring game, doubt most people will finish the first battle (takes quite a while)


Worst of all:
- NO POINT - It was an absolutely pointless experience
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NickSvelt
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2013
vry gud gam goty 1886 u shoukld play it lot of fun you can boat around in a boat shouting '' i'm on a boat mdafuka'' while eating doritos and praying for the lord gaben
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Cat Ronny
Posted: April 7, 2013
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
having played now a littl eof this i think it is an okay game to get if on sale perhaps but its appeal is going to be restricted to only the few diehard fans of the period who like their battles to move at a snails pace and also to how a limited role in activity of the battle itself
you can direct the ship column and you can alter its speed and tell it not to fire if you want, though i cant see any reason ever to do so
- there is no way to change formations in battle or even to detach a ship from you column - these omissions i find strange

perhaps the biggest gripe i would have are the non-existent collision physics - for a historical game like this where the close quarters ship firefights happen alot as the AI will come right in to fight, there are frequent collisions, but the ships just bounce of each stutteringly until one a bounce enough to move away - this is ridiculous when the pointy end of an ironclad civil war gun ship rams into the side of a wooden sailing vessel - there is no destruction occurring at all, except for the slight percentage damage added to the ships damage stat - but this sometimes doesnt occur at all - ram a ship like this would certainly sink at least one of them outright

i will recommend the game because it is easy to play with and i think the graphics are nice enough, but with the above caveats about its shoddy collision physics and limited player controls
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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
Good but wasted idea. Unfortunatelly it looks it was left in the beta stage. Bugged like an old piece of wood.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
Well, I got this cos I'm quite a nerd for ironclad ships, but I think I really wasted my money even though I got it pretty cheap on sale. The gameplay is barely there, all you can do is steer your columns of ships and tell them when to start firing. you can't target specific enemy ships, you get very little info about the status of any ships. I was very dissapointed as I really wanted this game to be at least ok.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 12, 2015
This game is so bad I'm suprised it hasnt been pulled from the store.

I bought it, its now hidden from my library and will stay that way.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
I liked it,...it's not a fast game,...but..if you like to try out think the enemy...it's fun..and keep in mind the era of play.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
GAME VIDEO SETTINGS:

SteamApps Folder (for example C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Ironclads High Seas\Config.exe)


REVIEWS:

100% Wargamer. The Wargamer is pleased to present Totem Games with an Award for Excellence due to exquisite modeling of ship graphics, clean, and simple interface, and study of a neglected topic. ( http://wargamer.com/article/2782/ironclads-high-seas )


93% SubSim. Simple and quick to understand, No complex table and keyboard commands to memorize. Great modeling, a rare subject. ( http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=143313 )


85% Armchairgeneral. Passed Inspection: Great graphics, challenging AI, realistic physics, nice interface, neglected topic, useful editor. Failed Basic: No multi-play, lack of weather and land. ( http://www.armchairgeneral.com/ironclads-high-seas-pc-game-review.htm )


SimHQ Review. Good - Value for the price/ Decent AI / Runs well on moderate hardware (and laptops) / Replayable. Could be Better - No multiplayer/ No custom missions / Water graphics too placid ( http://www.simhq.com/_naval/naval_027a.html )
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
31 of 59 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
Do NOT buy this game, here is why:

- ZERO help, figure everything out by yourself, there isn't even a text help file you can read
- LAGGY interface, you never know if you actually clicked something or not
- BAD graphic, I know not to expect much, but the ships looks bad, so does the sea
- NO FUN its a really really boring game, doubt most people will finish the first battle (takes quite a while)


Worst of all:
- NO POINT - It was an absolutely pointless experience
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15 of 30 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
a very nice game.

for those who complain that there is no tutorial, i suggest that you consult the game manual.

its brief, clear and does the job.

for those who say its a slow boring game i suggest that realistic naval wargames are obviously not your thing.

this game is very tactical and rewarding.

my only complaint is that i can t turn the music off!

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Interesting experience for this price. Not super fun but historically accurate for era.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
waste of space
looks good in the screen shots but the reality is a boring pointless game
no tutorial, no options, can't even turn the dire music off
so many way better naval games than the ironclads
even total wars do a better naval fight than this pile of crud
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Broken English, complicated controls, yet, I have to commend this game because it hasn't been banned for having Confederate symbolism.
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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
not worth it
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2015
Really boring ship real time strategy
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4 of 19 people (21%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Fast paced, high intensity, action packed combat is what this game doesn't have. However, it does have spelling errors. I was sunk by the Emerlad.
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12 of 42 people (29%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2012
Got it for free in an indy pack. Huge POS.
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1 of 27 people (4%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2011
Why did I bui this?
Slowest game ever. Takes forever to sink a ship, a real one would sink faster than that!
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7 of 54 people (13%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 7, 2013
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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27 of 136 people (20%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
vry gud gam goty 1886 u shoukld play it lot of fun you can boat around in a boat shouting '' i'm on a boat mdafuka'' while eating doritos and praying for the lord gaben
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Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
I wanted to love this game. History and alternate history stories have been a hobby of mine as far back as I can remember and the US Civil war is one of my favorite periods. The idea of the Confederates gaining the naval strength to go toe to toe with the Union navy is one of my favorite What Ifs of the war and there as so few naval foused games, especially set in this period, that it seemed like a match made in heaven.

Where things went wrong.

1: You can only control the flagship of a squadron directly. In fact you can't give any orders to the other ships at all and can't even order your ships into battle formation as far as I can tell.

2: The flagship's controls are far too clunky and the flagships will sometimes switch their engines to full reverse for no apparent reason.

3: Battles take forever even with the turbo speed option engaged. I played one battle for almost an hour. Not only was the battle not over but none of the 13 ships involved had been sunk or surrendered and the most heavily damaged had only taken around 65 percent damage. This ship started fleeing at 60 percent damage but fled through the heart of my nearest squadron guns blazing rather then running away and soon rejoined its squadron for their next pass.

4: There aren't enough ship classes in the game. There are six ship classes but each side only has three warship classes to choose from. Though I will say that I was pleasantly surprised when I realized they didn't just have both sides using the same ship classes they really need more choices in fleet makeup,
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