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Europa Universalis (Windows)

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Description

You take charge of one of the many European countries, doing battle to take the Empire as their own. Much like past titles such as Civilization and Age of Empires, strategy is the key. However, instead of controlling every troop separately, you control groups of troops at a time, and let them do the talking while you move them from territory to territory. The playing time spans between 1492 and 1792.

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Europa Universalis Windows France controls the East Coast of North America and Spain controls almost everything else
Europa Universalis Windows France wins!
Europa Universalis Windows And you thought Manhattan was settled by the Dutch. Wrong! It was Poland!
Europa Universalis Windows Poland in 2nd place

Alternate Titles

  • "欧陆文明" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Европа 1492-1792. Время перемен" -- Russian spelling
  • "Evropa 1492-1792: Vremya Peremen" -- Russian title
  • "EU" -- Common abbreviation

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A perfectly designed, brilliantly executed must-have strategy game Rick Jones (108) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
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Diplomacy and trade is the key! Klirr (76) unrated
A great real time strategy historical game Falconetti (721) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

IGN Mar 20, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gry OnLine Mar 14, 2001 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Mar 16, 2001 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 06, 2000 85 out of 100 85
CD-Action Mar, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 73 out of 100 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamesmania 2000 60 out of 100 60
Retroage Dec 17, 2014 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Board game

Europa Universalis is actually the conversion of a little-known board game of the same name, published in 1993 by French company Azure Wish Edition. One group of players gave a very good impression on what kind of game Europa Universalis is when they wrote: »The game board covers a full size dining table, and we expect to use about one year to finish the way we are playing.«

Import

Compuexpert.com imported the BeNeLux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg) version to the US and was able to offer this game for just $10, significantly below the going price for the US/Canadian version.

Inaccuracies

What's the deal with the US box cover?

1. Why is their a 13-star American flag featured in the cover art? For a game focused on European politics - one that ends in 1792 - this hardly seems appropriate. The flag of Spain ought to take its place - not having Spain's flag is quite an omission.

2. Why is the St. George's cross of England portrayed as a Scandinavian cross?

3. Who is Nappleon?

Polish version

In the Polish version of the game there is one bonus scenario - it's about the Swedish invasion in Poland in the 17th century.

Information also contributed by Asterisk, JRK, Kasey Chang and -Chris

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Kartanym (10772) added Europa Universalis (Windows) on Mar 24, 2001