Written by  :  PCGamer77 (3234)
Written on  :  Mar 14, 2002
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
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A failed attempt to port a great board game to the PC.

The Good

The subject matter (the rise and fall of historical empires) is inherently fascinating, and the underlying game design (taken directly from the board game) is solid and unique, with lots of interesting choices for the player to make. Simple and clean graphics, and some good battle sounds as well. Nice packaging and documentation.

The Bad

Terrible Windows 3.11-type, multiple-windowed interface. AVI video clips are faded and "washed-out" looking--highly unimpressive. HOTW would have been a great multiplayer game online, but it only had PBEM support. As a single-player game, it lacks the dynamic interaction/cutthroat negotiation element that makes the board game fun to play against humans. Some form of in-game diplomacy system might have helped, though.

The Bottom Line

If you are a huge fan of the board game and have some friends for PBEM gaming, then pick up HOTW. If not, then leave this one in the bargain bin of history.