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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 Diplomacy
Imperialism Windows Battle report
Imperialism Windows Trading
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.

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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 E H (7) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Wonderfull game as long as you can look past a BIG flaw. William Shawn McDonie (1088) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Electric Games 1997 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game.EXE Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Jeux Sep, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker Sep, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Sep, 1997 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Sep 23, 1997 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1997 81 out of 100 81 Sep 25, 2013 15 out of 20 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 22, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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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Ray Soderlund (3496) added Imperialism (Windows) on Oct 25, 2000
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