Sid Meier's Antietam!

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Sid Meier's Antietam!
Developer(s) Firaxis Games
BreakAway Games
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • NA: December 10, 1999
Genre(s) Computer wargame
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sid Meier's Antietam! is a real-time computer wargame designed by Sid Meier, the co-founder of Firaxis Games, then released in December 1999 by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the 1997 Sid Meier's Gettysburg!.


The game allows the player to control either the Confederate or Union troops during the Battle of Antietam of the American Civil War. It can be played as a single scenario, or as a campaign of linked scenarios, either recounting the original history or exploring alternate possibilities.


Antietam! was not released through retail stores. The editors of Computer Gaming World summarized it as "a grand experiment by Firaxis to test the popularity of online-only distribution for commercial releases."[1]


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 82/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
CGW 4.5/5 stars[3]
Eurogamer 7/10[4]
GamePro 4/5 stars[5]
GameSpot 8.5/10[6]
IGN 8.8/10[7]
PC Gamer (UK) 49%[8]
PC Gamer (US) 75%[9]

Antietam! received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2]

Antietam! was a runner-up for Computer Games Strategy Plus's 1999 "War Game of the Year" award. The editors wrote, "Another battle, another victory for this thoroughly entertaining wargame 'for the masses.' "[10] Conversely, the editors of Computer Gaming World named Antietam! the best wargame game of 1999. They wrote, "Antietam is the epitome of a Sid Meier design: intensely absorbing and wickedly punishing."[1]


  1. ^ a b Staff (March 2000). "The 2000 Premier Awards; The Very Best of a Great Year in Gaming". Computer Gaming World (188): 69–75, 78–81, 84–90.
  2. ^ a b "Sid Meier's Antietam! for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Dultz, Marc (February 2000). "Fix Bayonets! (Sid Meier's Antietam! Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 187. p. 98. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Bye, John "Gestalt" (March 7, 2000). "Sid Meier's Antietam!". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Olafson, Peter (December 21, 1999). "Sid Meier's Antietam! Review for PC on". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (December 6, 1999). "Sid Meier's Antietam! Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Butts, Steve (January 7, 2000). "[Sid Meier's] Antietam". IGN. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sid Meier's Antietam!". PC Gamer UK. 2000.
  9. ^ Bub, Andrew S. (February 2000). "Sid Meier's Antietam!". PC Gamer. p. 122. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Staff (March 6, 2000). "The Computer Games Awards; The Best Games of 1999". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on March 24, 2005.

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