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

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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Critic Reviews

IGN Sep 10, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpy Sep 21, 2002 85 out of 100 85 Jul 12, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2002 83 out of 100 83
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2002 78 out of 100 78
PC Gamer UK Dec, 2002 76 out of 100 76 Dec 16, 2002 15 out of 20 75
Armchair Empire, The Nov 09, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75 Oct 24, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Game Chronicles Feb 01, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68


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