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The Rise & Rule of Ancient Empires is based on a classic strategic game: Sid Meier's Civilization. However, in this game, the period is shorter, and only hard cavalry can be discovered. As ever, the goal is the conquest of all the known world and impose your law upon it.


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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Nov, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1996 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot May 08, 1996 6.2 out of 10 62
PC Joker Jun, 1996 60 out of 100 60
PC Games (Germany) May, 1996 56 out of 100 56
Power Play May, 1996 54 out of 100 54
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) May, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 D- 16


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Post by an Impressions employee ("Ironrod") to Impressions' Lords of the Realm III forum on 1/22/2002:

"Rise & Rule was Impressions' answer to Civilization. It was meant to be a beer-and-pretzels version. It had some design flaws arising from conflicting objectives between the Designer and the Director of Design, so it didn't achieve that "Civ Lite" goal, but it wasn't a bad game. Using philosophers to spread knowledge from city to city was a unique and clever touch, for one thing."

"R&R had the bad fortune to ship at about the same time as Civ2. It didn't sell well and the team who worked on it (excepting yours truly) are gone now. I won't say that Impressions would never consider a sequel, but we'd more likely create a new project for a Civ-like game rather than do a sequel to a "failed" brand."
Verk (203) added The Rise & Rule of Ancient Empires (Windows 3.x) on Jul 13, 2000
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