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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.


Imperialism Windows here is where you will get info on what is going on in your world
Imperialism Windows Town control
Imperialism Windows Transport Control
Imperialism Windows Steel mill

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 (1088)

Critic Reviews

Electric Games Windows 1997 91 out of 100 91
Game.EXE Windows Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Jeux Windows Sep, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker Windows Sep, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Mega Score Windows Nov, 1997 83 out of 100 83
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Macworld Macintosh Feb, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Sep 22, 1997 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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About 300,000 of the game were sold.


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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