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Store:  2-Player Games, War Games
Edition:  Battle Cry
Series:  Command & Colors
Theme:  American Civil War
Genre:  War & Combat
Format:  Board Games

Battle Cry

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game, 2001

Ages Players
12+ 2

Designer(s): Richard Borg

Publisher(s): Hasbro, Avalon Hill

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Product Description

From 1861 to 1865, the United States was at war with itself. The battles of the American Civil War have taken a place in the fabric of American history. And here is your chance to recreate 15 of those Civil War Battles.

Battle Cry elegantly and simply recreates the Civil War experience. The gameboard can be setup with woods, hills, houses, and other features to recreate the specific terrain of the battle. The game system involves using cards to issue orders to specific units on the board. Combat dice decide the outcome of an attack, modified for terrain, distance, and other factors. Whenever a unit is completely destroyed, the victor gets the flag from that unit. Collect six flags first and win the battle.There are also rules for campaign play.

These copies include "The Jackson Campaign" the limited set of scenarios given out at Origins and GenCon 2000.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game, 2001

Product Information


  • Confederate and Union Armies:
    • 6 Generals
    • 12 Artillery pieces
    • 18 Cavalry pieces
    • 80 Infantry pieces
  • Gameboard
  • 60 Command cards
  • 46 Terrain tiles
  • 6 Field-work tokens
  • 14 Campaign tokens
  • 8 Battle dice
  • Label sheet
  • Game play manual and battlefield maps

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 55 reviews

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Excellent game with only one real drawback
June 11, 2004

Battle Cry is an awesome game of strategy and planning. The only negative is regarding the randomness of the cards. They essentially dictate what your course of action will be. However, this does add to the strategic element and no two games will ever truly be alike. Very good two player game.

Looks and plays great
May 24, 2004

I've owned Battle Cry for a couple of years now, and it's one of my favorites. The rules are simple and fairly clear. The components are terrific looking, and the board/tile system gives you lots of flexibility. Initial set-up is definately a pain--lots of figures and flags to assemble--you will want to set aside an hour or two before you are able to play your first game. Once your figures are ready to go, getting ready for a scenario only takes 5 minutes or so.

Althought the rules are not at the level of a 'simulation', I feel the game is excellent at emulating the ebb and flow of a battle. It 'feels' right to see your infantry charge a hill, only to be beaten back by withering cannon fire. Calvalry can be very effective, especially against isolated forces without protection on their flanks. Terrain is crucial. Leadship from your generals on the field can make or break a battle.

As stated in other rules, there can sometimes be a fairly high luck factor, especially with some powerful cards (All-out-attack can generally turn the tide of most battles). However, there are some good resources on the net with alternate rules, new scenarios, etc.

Not a game for grognards, but a ton of fun for anyone interested in an entry-level wargame. Highly recommended!

A great game for casual gamers
February 16, 2004

My wife and I consider ourselves casual gamers. We really enjoy this game and its correlation to the Civil War. We like the detailed pieces and the different scenarios which bring variety to the game. We have found it brings a good balance of enjoyment and competition. Game length works well also - long enough to get into the game but short enough to fit other things into our evening. We think you'll find it is a good choice if you want a hands-on fun two-player game.

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