Ironclads: American Civil War can be purchased via download from Shareit.com, with the option for a back-up CD-ROM for an additional cost is available. The 51MB download took me about 2 minutes on broadband and my installation of the game went smoothly with no problems encountered. It automatically placed the game shortcut on my desktop, along with the startup links, a link to the game’s manual, the configuration manager and the uninstall utility into the WinXP Programs menu.
Totem Games has enacted a unique security system. After purchase and installation on the computer you are to be playing it from, you need to run the “activation.exe” file which is located in the installed folder. After completing the registration form, a small file is generated within the game folder. You must then e-mail Totem Games a copy of that file and within 12 hours (or less) you will receive another “key” file which needs to be placed within the game folder. That activates your game. An important item that needs to be mentioned is that the “key” file, which is sent to you by Totem Games for activation of the game, is coded with specific information. That means if you load the game onto another machine, the game will not work. It will only work on the PC in which the “key” file was intended. If you need or require additional installations of the game that you purchased simply contact Totem Games and they will be happy to assist you with those additional installations.
Game Options and Settings
When Ironclads: American Civil War is started, it loads very quickly and what you first see is a basic screen with 4 selectable items: New Game, Load Game, Credits, and Exit Game. What struck me immediately as odd was the lack of an “Options” selection where you could set your individual screen resolution, gamma, lighting, sound options, along with configurations for your keyboard and mouse. I found out I missed the small box that is displayed when you initially start the game after receiving the “key” described previously. For example, screen resolution, sound/music/effects volume, along with refresh rate. So it’s there, but not in a conventional menu setting. Fortunately you can access it later by just going to the game folder and selecting “Configuration Manager”. There are no keyboard or mouse settings that are configurable. You must use the developers settings. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it would have been nice to have the ability to change some commands to personal preferences.