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Cossacks: European Wars (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Cossacks: European Wars Windows Turkey (red) and Saxony (black) are carrying on peace negotiations in a Saxonian fortress.
Cossacks: European Wars Windows Main Title
Cossacks: European Wars Windows Austrian troops defend their little town against attacking Dutch troops.
Cossacks: European Wars Windows English and Spanish troops will collide any moment.

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 (847) unrated
Almost real! Mass anarchy of battle clashes. A combination of Age of Empires and Shogun:Total War. Indra is engaged (19913) 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

GamingExcellence Jul 27, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 12, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Clubic May 03, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Watcher Mar 25, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Joker Nov, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Svenska PC Gamer May, 2001 75 out of 100 75
IGN Apr 17, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Over Online Apr 23, 2001 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot Apr 11, 2001 7.1 out of 10 71
GameGenie 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Cover art

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

Sales

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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