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Imperialism

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
77
4.2
Windows
81
3.7
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Description

A turn-based strategy game about the imperialistic expansionism of the 18th and 19th century. Unlike many 'conquer the world' games, the sole emphasis isn't on military conquest. Imperialism promotes victory through a combination of methods, including the relatively unique notion of exploiting underdeveloped nations and expanding your territories through military, political, and economic means.

You play a major world power. The New World beckons with promises of riches that can fund your wars against your long term rivals. Your goal is to expand your influence as far as you can in these new territories and use the resources there to become the dominant force in the world.

Gameplay takes place on a world map, where you maneuver your strategic units to build, explore, or develop your empire. Combat takes place on its own turn-based battlefield. A number of other screens allow you to manage your economic and diplomatic stances and set your production and trade levels.


Screenshots

Imperialism Windows Battle report
Imperialism Windows Diplomacy
Imperialism Windows War patch
Imperialism Windows Technology Screen - Some technologies are better than others. Some are practically useless unless you have supporting resources, otherwise you will be better off using the money for something else.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sphere of Influence" -- Working title
  • "Imperialismus: Die hohe Kunst der Weltherrschaft" -- German title
  • "Age of Industry" -- Working title

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User Reviews

No Flaw - Just Click Right Option Windows E H (7)
Wonderfull game as long as you can look past a BIG flaw. Windows William Shawn McDonie (1152)

The Press Says

Electric Games Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Jeux Windows Sep, 1997 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Windows Sep 23, 1997 8.2 out of 10 82
Power Play Windows Aug, 1997 81 out of 100 81
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1997 81 out of 100 81
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 70 out of 100 70
Macworld Macintosh Feb, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Sales

About 300,000 of the game were sold.

Title

Imperialism went through a number of name changes during development. Early working titles included Sphere of Influence and Age of Industry. Later the folks at Frog City were in negotiations to have the game published as Sid Meier's Industrialization.

(Source: Computer Games Magazine, April 2002 issue)

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