During the 1942-43 campaign for the southern Solomon Island of Guadalcanal in 1942-43, many naval battles were fought to cement the material advantage gained by the Allies after the stunning Japanese losses at the Battle of Midway; NC3: Guadalcanal features 14 of these scenarios including Savo Island--a costly Allied setback, Cape Esperance--where the Japanese were struck back hard, Tassafaronga, Cape St. George, Kolombangara, and others.
Following the HPS simulations Jutland and Tsushima, the first and second installments of the "Naval Campaigns series," Guadalcanal builds on the REAL-TIME game engine that allows the player to play against the computer or against another player, or multiple players, online. Guadalcanal is a tactical battle simulation which models the individual ships and capabilities and includes the landmasses of the islands which provide for maneuver challenges.
Game includes shore data for the famous Iron Bottom Sound including Savo Island, Guadalcanal, and the surrounding islands. Land blocks both movement and line-of-sight.
Radar has been added to the Naval Campaigns game engine allowing ships equipped with radar to spot enemy ships not within the limits of visibility. Radar detection has also been added which allows ships so equipped to detect ships with radar.
The game database includes all of the ships that participated in the historical battles around Guadalcanal including battleships, destroyers, and PT boats. It also includes several extra ships like the Japanese battleship Yamato.
Armor belts, mines, torpedoes, smoke laying, and visibility effects.
A scenario editor is also included with the game; the scenario editor allows new scenarios to be constructed from the provided ship database and existing scenarios to be modified.
Both the main program and scenario editor can read ina situation chart in Windows BMP format and display that chart on the screen overlaid with the position of the ships in the battle. This allows new scenarios to be created from historical situation charts and allows players to compare the outcome of their battles with the historical result.
Complete on-line Help documentation plus on-line printable documentation in Microsoft Word format.
Supports single person play against the computer, and multiplayer network play over LANs and the Internet.