Commands & Colors: Ancients – Quick Guide

This guide is for players familiar with the boardgame rules, and are getting started with the digital edition.

Game Overview

This game comes with all 15 of scenarios available in base Command and Colors Ancients boardgame. Each battle can be played against the AI as either side or head to head against a human opponent on the same device. The game doesn’t currently support multiplayer. It doesn’t include content from any of the expansions.

Before Getting Started

When you start the game for the first time, I recommend going into the settings and checking the ‘Skip Animation’, ‘Skip Dice Rolls’ and ‘Hide Tutorials’ boxes – these all slow down gameplay.

Selecting Your Scenario

From the main menu select ‘Campaign’ then ‘Start Match’, from here you will be presented with the list of the 15 scenarios. On the left sidebar is the scenario list. In the centre, the map and scenario background, plus the all important number of Victory Banners you need to achieve to win the scenario. On the right, you can select which side to control as well as the difficulty of the AI if used. Somewhat un-intuitively, the top selection controls the army on the bottom of the map e.g. for Akragas, the top player controls the Syracusan army. Hit ‘Play’ to start the scenario.

The Visuals

Note that the game does not keep the Green, Blue, Red unit colouring of boardgame (is it even Commands and Colors then?), but the new unit symbols are quite intuitive and the unit shapes of Circle, Triangle, Square are:

  • Crossed Swords on Square = Heavy Infantry
  • Sword on Triangle = Medium Infantry
  • Crossed Axes on Triangle = Warriors
  • Sword on Circle = Auxillia
  • Crossed Javelins on Circle = Light Infantry
  • Bow on Circle = Light Bow Infantry
  • Sling on Circle = Light Sling Infantry
  • Horse on Square = Heavy Cavalry
  • Horse on Triangle = Medium Cavalry
  • Horse on Circle = Light Cavalry
  • Elephant on Square = Elephant
  • Wheel on Square = Heavy Chariot
  • Star with Unit = General with Unit
  • Large Star = Lone General

Playing the Game

Card Phase

  • Your hand of Command Cards is presented at the bottom of the screen. 
  • You can hover over any of the cards to read the full description. 
  • Select the card to be played, then confirm the selection. 

Order Phase

  • Eligible units are highlighted blue. 
  • Select units to be ordered. 
  • Cards that require units to be adjacent will limit your selection based on the first unit selected. With Leader based cards, select the Leader first. 

Move Phase

  • Units will able to move to any white highlighted hex. 
  • Auxillia movement rules (no battle) shown by green highlight on hex. 
  • Warrior movement rules (must battle) shown by red crossed swords highligh on hex. 

Battle Phase

  • Units eligible to battle are highlighted yellow. 
  • Units may then battle in order of choosing. 

Evades & Retreats

  • When eligible to Evade or forced to retreat, you will shown the available destination hexes in the same manner as the move highlight. 

End Phase

  • A new command card is automatically drawn. 

Card Specific

  • First Strike – if you have this card, you will be prompted to play the card or ignore it each time the opponent battle one of your units. 
  • Leadership in Section cards – you must first select the Lone Leader or Leaders unit before selecting adjacent cards. 

Other Notes

  • Clicking the turn counter in the top right shows how many Victory Banner each side has / needs. 
  • Selecting the ‘Flame’ menu item shows the cards that have been discarded, useful if considering playing the Counter Attack.
Volodymyr Azimoff
About Volodymyr Azimoff 13678 Articles
I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.