On January 11, 2005, Mad
Minute Games released what I believe to be an innovative
and excellent new American Civil War war game called Bull
Run: Take Command 1861. On April 18, 2006, MMG released
their second game, Take Command: Second Manassas, building
on the excellent reviews their first game garnered and
obtaining a publishing deal with well-known Strategy Game
in the process. MMG has taken inspiration from Sid Meier's
earlier games SMG and SMA and has improved upon those
games greatly. You are in command of a Brigade, Division,
or even Army in real time. Your men are looking to you
for orders. What will you do? The choice is yours.
Minute Games has made clear their intention to create
a line of American Civil War games using this Game Engine.
The next two games in the series have been announced on
October 4, 2005. On December 29, 2005, MMG anounced that
will be the publisher for Take
Command: Second Manassas. The game was released on
April 18, 2005 release at this time. In addition, the
game will be supported on the 50,000 member strong Paradox
Forums. If you think you might be interested in the
game, why not TRY
THE DEMO? Take Command: Shiloh, while not specifically
mentioned at this point, is scheduled for release probably
some time in 2007 if things go according to plan. The
future looks bright for this series.
I hope this site becomes a frequent
stopping place for fans of the first two games and the
series to come. Bull Run: Take Command 1861 proved to
be very moddable. In fact, you might want to try Pakfront's
Scenario Editor to help you in scenario design. Take
Command: Second Manssas is as moddable as the first game.
You might also be interested in visiting
Mad Minute Games' forums to see how other gamers have
reacted to the games. And another fan site for both games
is up as well. Check out Tim's
Graphics Mods Web Page.
The first REVIEW
is also up at GameZone. Even better for MMG, www.wargamer.com
has given Bull Run: Take Command 1861 its AWARD
FOR EXCELLENCE, reserved only for the best wargames
available, in their REVIEW
of the game.
The latest Patch
is out for Take Command Second Manassas. You can
now create your own maps!