A CHART-TOPPING strategy game based on the American Civil War has been developed by an Elgin company.
‘American Civil War: 1863’ was recently released for the iPad, iPhone & iPod, already reaching the number one spot on the strategy game chart in three countries.
Online and mobile games company Hunted Cow, working with Fortose firm HexWar Ltd, are behind the phenomenal success.
It follows their earlier joint venture ‘Tank Battle: 1944’, which went on to become a world-wide hit, pitching an American battle group against the German Panzer forces in a series of WWII battles.
‘Civil War: 1863’ is set in the tumultuous years of the American civil war and allows players to participate in and re-enact some of the conflict’s most notorious battles.
The game allows players to take charge of Union or Confederate troops and lead them to victory using foot soldiers, cavalry and artillery.
The UK’S most northerly game developer, Hunted Cow was established in 2003 and now employs a team of nearly 30 people at its South Street home.
Director Andrew Mullholland, who was born and raised in Elgin, said a lot of time and historical research went in to getting the latest game just right.
"We’re very pleased to be working with the team at Hex War on ‘Civil War: 1863’. Their work on ‘Tank Battle: 1944’ was phenomenal and it gained so many fans and fantastic feedback that we couldn’t wait to work with them again," he said.
"The American Civil War is a period of incredible fascination for a huge number of people in the USA – and around the world."
Costing £1.49, ‘Civil War: 1863’ is available now at the Apple App Store.
The team are currently working on another mobile game ‘Battle Dungeon’, with the highly anticipated browser-based, 3D massively-multiplayer online role-playing game ‘Eldevin’ due for trialling later this year.