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The only downside to this game that I can think of is that it takes at least half an hour to understand what you are doing, and a bit longer than that to really get into the game. But, if you stick it out and give it a go you will find that Imperialism is one of the most addictive and enjoyable games you will ever play.
I suspect that IMPERIALISM will be a bit much for some people. There's an awful lot to do each turn, and it may take many turns before you reach a position of great power. If you don't secure an alliance early you probably won't survive the first few turns, but if you ally with the wrong power you won't survive the middle game. For those up to the challenge, though, IMPERIALISM provides one of the most satisfying gaming experiences I've had in a long time.
Moins connu du grand public que la série des Civilization, Imperialism a pourtant tout pour plaire aux amateurs du genre : une gestion poussée de toute la chaîne de production (depuis la récolte de matières premières jusqu’à la vente de produits finis en passant par le transport et la manufacture), le fait de pouvoir jouer avec la bourse comme tout bon capitaliste qui se respecte, de nombreuses possibilités pour étendre votre influence, une très bonne durée de vie, et qui plus est dans une période de l’Histoire rarement exploitée dans les jeux vidéo. Les batailles auraient gagné à être plus tactiques et l'ensemble se montre un peu répétitif, mais si on arrive à passer l’éponge sur ces quelques défauts, Imperialism mérite le détour.
A well-balanced game that effectively simulates nineteenth-century politics, Imperialism stumbles over its dearth of historical scenarios and tactical realism. But despite these weaknesses, engrossing play provides strategy buffs plenty of enjoyment.
War/Strategy game players should get some enjoyment out of this game, though its longevity (at least in the single player mode) didn't impress me. Civilization players will enjoy the twist of 'borders' existing in the world, though the game does little to match Civilization in terms of all-around depth.
This game covers much of the same ground that other world-building strategy games do, but in a much duller and less interesting fashion. Save your money and purchase one of the Civilization games or even an older game like Master of Orion. You'll be glad you did. While this game is solid, you'll find yourself yawning as you play.