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UMS: The Universal Military Simulator

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UMS_1_5.dsk_.sit (475.90 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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This game works with: Mini vMac

"A poor man's Empire, UMS is a very ambitious abstract wargame that attracts a minor following among hardcore wargamers, but fails in the bigger market. M. Evan Brooks sums it up in his synopsis: 'A visual feast, but a playable desert, UMS was incorrect on two counts -- it was neither universal nor a simulator. It lacked a naval option, and the user interface was quite clumsy. The initial disk included the Battles of Arbela, Hastings, Marston Moor, and Waterloo (the last of which omitted the Prussians entirely).'

Despite his (and most other critics') harsh words, UMS does deserve recognition for a few innovations, its ambition notwithstanding. First, it was one of the first wargames that offer intriguing isometric wireframe view of the battlefield. Sure, it's nearly useless due to the clutter of unit banners that are almost impossible to separate, but at least it hints at a great potential if it works (the system was actually revamped and used to much greater effect in War College years later). The game also contains a versatile map and scenario builder that is easy to use, with full controls over terrain features and unit placement. Overall, UMS may not top any wargamer's must-play list, but it is an ambitious, broad tactical wargame that is worth a look." --Home of the Underdogs


The game's documentation mentions disks available with extra scenarios, but it is unknown whether these were available for Macintosh. If you find any such disks, please let us know on this page.

Followed by UMS II: Nations at War.

Architecture: 68k

Employs manual-based copy protection; manual see download section


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by MCP - 2011, August 21 - 3:03am

I never was able to find more than the game's disk for Macintosh, but most of its docs are the same across platforms, so I scanned the DOS version docs and it works for answering the game's copy protection answers. Docs are included with the archive.

I have not tested this with anything other than Mini vMac and System 6.0.8.

Interesting anecdote: I believe the author of the original version also ported it to Mac himself.