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Historical conflict: Napoleonic Wars

Group Description

This group includes games that take place during (and are about) the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Not to be confused with the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802), which were concerned with defending the French First Republic and the revolutionary ideals of 1789. Most titles in this group are strategy games, Napoleon being widely recognized as a military genius himself.

Background: The Napoleonic Wars are a series of military conflicts fought by France and its smaller allies on one side, and several coalitions headed primarily by the British Empire on the other. The coalitions came to include a different number of other countries across the years, with Austria, Prussia and Russia committing the most in blood. Napoleon ended up conquering most of continental Europe through military victories and diplomatic efforts, installing members of his family at the head of various petty states and forcing alliances on defeated enemies. Despite having the humanistic gains made by the French Revolution of 1789 as a main premise, the belligerent countries were not driven only by ideological reasons. The coalitions wanted to reestablish the balance of power and maintain the previous territorial status quo on the European continent, while the France-Britain antagonism was fueled by a centuries-old rivalry. On the other side, Napoleon's ambition was determined mainly by his personal appetite for conquest.

While Napoleon has fought as a soldier or as a general since the War of the First Coalition (1792-1797), most historians place the start of the Napoleonic Wars in 1803, when Napoleon, having absolute power in France, had repeatedly breached the peace signed at Amiens in 1802, thus giving start to the War of the Third Coalition (1803-1806). Others consider that this particular series of conflicts started in 1799, when Napoleon seized the power in the country and named himself consul.

The wars marked a turning point in military history, as mass conscription, implemented by both sides, meant that an unprecedented amount of soldiers fought in battles. In terms of technology, the armies were better equipped thanks to mass-produced weaponry, and the role of artillery in military tactics increased. The Napoleonic Wars caused millions in casualties worldwide, and together with the Seven Years' War (1754-1763) is regarded as a prelude to the World Wars of the next century. The greatest battles were fought at Trafalgar (1805), Austerlitz (1805), Jena (1806), Borodino (1812), Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815).

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Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars2012WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack2012Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive2.00
Napoleon: Total War - Coalition Battle Pack2010Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive2.00
Napoleon: Total War2010Macintosh, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.4.07
Napoleon: Total War (Limited Edition)2010WindowsSEGA of America, Inc....
Trafalgar Origins2010BrowserChannel Four Television Corporation3.20
East India Company: Battle of Trafalgar2009WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
Commander: Napoleon at War2008Macintosh, WindowsFreeverse, Inc....
Europa Universalis III: Complete2008Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.00
Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition2007Macintosh, Windows1C Company3.64
Napoleon's Campaigns2007WindowsAGEOD Sarl...
Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc....
Cossacks II: Battle for Europe2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.71
Imperial Glory2005Macintosh, WindowsEidos Interactive Ltd.4.36
Kazaki II: Napoleonovskie voyny (Kollekzionnoe izdanie)2005WindowsGSC World Publishing...
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars2005WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG3.00
Bonaparte2003WindowsEnjoy Entertainment...
Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests2003WindowsAtari, Inc.3.89
War and Peace: 1796 - 18152002Windows1C Company...
Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory2002WindowsShrapnel Games, Inc.4.83
Napoleon2002Windows1C Company...
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle2001WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.17
Empire Earth2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.39
Europa Universalis II2001Macintosh, WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.92
Napoleon2001Game Boy AdvanceNintendo Co., Ltd.4.00
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Selected Covers

Europa Universalis II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Europa Universalis II

Selected Screenshots

New land claimed!
Screenshot from Europa Universalis II
choose Campaign
Screenshot from Napoleon's Campaigns
Introduction to the game
Screenshot from Trafalgar Origins