Cossacks: European Wars (Windows)

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Cossacks European Wars is a real time strategy (RTS) wargame based in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Emphasis is placed on historical accuracy, and an excellent manual and on disc manual accompanies the game.

Using a fixed isometric view, you build towns and fortresses and deploy your troops and cavalry in the usual RTS manner. There is resource management in the form of chopping wood, fishing and mining.

Although entitled Cossacks... the game actually allows you to play under the flag of a wide range of European nations. Each having its own building designs, separate troops and specialist troops and weapons.

Naval battles are included as are invasions via ships across oceans and wide rivers.

There is a method of grouping and controlling your troops in the fixed formations common to the period depicted. Up to 8,000 individual units can be active on screen, so the scale of battles is immense.

Single player, set campaigns, random maps and Multiplayer supported.


Cossacks: European Wars Windows Main Title
Cossacks: European Wars Windows English navy and land troops are fighting back the attack of Turkish vessels.
Cossacks: European Wars Windows English troops are getting ready to assault a Dutch fortress
Cossacks: European Wars Windows A Polish city

Alternate Titles

  • "哥萨克:欧洲战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Казаки: Европейские Войны" -- Russian spelling
  • "Kozacy: Europejskie Boje" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Best RTS since Age of Kings Maw (846) unrated
Almost real! Mass anarchy of battle clashes. A combination of Age of Empires and Shogun:Total War. Indra is stressed (20014) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A rip-off of WarCraft, wargamers keep off, WarCraft players, keep off. Jacques Guy (55) 0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars
A total misfire (boom boom) Curlymcdom (47) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Apr, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2001 84 out of 100 84 Dec 08, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Clubic May 03, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Apr 11, 2001 78 out of 100 78 Apr 04, 2001 15 out of 20 75
Game Over Online Apr 23, 2001 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot Apr 11, 2001 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 69 out of 100 69
Strategy Gaming Online Jul 23, 2001 6.3 out of 10 63


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Cover art

The box features a part of Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks painting by Ilya Repin (1891).


  • As of 2005, Cossacks and its two add-ons have sold 2.5 million copies.
  • In 2001, Cossacks: European Wars won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 2001 - Gold Award (more information in the "Sales" paragraph)
Information also contributed by Luis Silva and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Cossacks Heaven (Superb resource for all Cossacks fans, downloads, news etc.)
  • Official website (Official website)
  • The Ultimate Cossacks Gaming Reference (A superb resource site for multiplayer strategies, tips and more compiled by SavvyPlayer. The site's most impressive feature is its Battle Simulator, which allows you to pit two armies of different units together and gives you accurate feedback on which will win.)
Felix (138) added Cossacks: European Wars (Windows) on Sep 02, 2001