Over the Top is an interactive adventure which allows YOU to experience life in the trenches during the First World War. As Terry Wilson, a young Canadian soldier stationed somewhere along the Western Front in the Fall of 1916, you will live through some of the excitement, despair, brutality and sheer horror of trench warfare.

Over the Top is based on the real-life experiences of Canadians who lived and died in the trenches during the First World War. Part history and part adventure story, Over the Top is divided into sections. At the end of each section, you will be asked to make a choice. When you've decided what to do, you then click to the section you've chosen and read the outcome of your decision. A good decision will allow you to continue your adventure. A poor decision might mean trouble or, worse yet, lead to disaster. But don't worry, you can always start over and try a new adventure. You should also keep in mind that not all decisions are life and death situations.

Throughout the story, you will come across many words and expressions which were quite common at the time. To help you understand what these words mean, a glossary of terms has been included for all words typed in blue bold italics. Just click on the word to get a definition. You can then click back to continue your adventure.

Your goal in Over the Top is the same as that of thousands of Canadians who served in the trenches during the First World War: merely to survive. This will often depend on cunning, attention to detail and just plain common sense on your part. A fair amount of good luck doesn't hurt either.

So pick up your rifle, put on your helmet and get ready for a truly unique experience.


    Date created: May 14, 1999 | Last updated: October 7, 2009