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Emperor: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom is a game about politics, trade, and city design in ancient China. In Emperor, players progress through 3000 years of Chinese history, facing ever-changing economic, military, and diplomatic challenges as each Chinese dynasty waxes and wanes.

This game is similar to Caesar III or Pharaoh and is the forth full game in Impressions City Building Series. Gameplay is centered around laying out a city in the best possible manner. For instance, all houses will need access to a market and a water source but also to entertainment and religious structures as well. The game begins easily and walks you through all the needs of a city. Later scenarios add requirements such as building a large structure or defending the city against an attack.

Unlike other games in the city building series, Emperor adds multiplayer play and an engine that supports more detailed graphics.


Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom Windows Palace in the city
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom Windows Tending Cabbage
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom Windows Feng Shui - Harmonious Balance

Alternate Titles

  • "皇帝:中国的崛起" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RotMK" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Empereur: L'Empire du Milieu" -- French title
  • "Emperador: El nacimiento de China" -- Spanish title
  • "Der erste Kaiser: Aufstieg des Reichs der Mitte" -- German title
  • "Cesarz: Narodziny Państwa Środka" -- Polish title

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JeuxVideoPC.com Jul 12, 2006 17 out of 20 85
GameSpy Sep 21, 2002 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Oct 26, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Game Watcher Aug 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game.EXE Nov, 2002 3.9 out of 5 78
PC Zone Benelux Dec, 2002 73 out of 100 73
GameCola.net Jun 01, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamesmania.de Oct 24, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Game Chronicles Feb 01, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
ActionTrip Oct 11, 2002 68 out of 100 68


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donarumo (8) added Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (Windows) on Jun 14, 2002