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Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game which covers a long period of time, from the early stone age up to the modern-day technology.

The game offers many unique features that you can not find in other RTS games, such as: National Borders, Rare Resources, "Conquer the World" risk-like campaign, Citizens can occupy themselves, 18 Historical Nations (with unique powers/units), Multiple victory conditions, and many more. Also, a multi-player mode is included and offers a ranking system.


Rise of Nations Windows Pre-game settings.
Rise of Nations Windows Time to nuke!
Rise of Nations Windows Like Cortes or Pizarro
Rise of Nations Windows Nuclear strike

Promo Images

Rise of Nations Screenshot Image originally uploaded on 2002-06-24
Rise of Nations Render Egyptian Chariot
Rise of Nations Screenshot Spanish Combat Gallery
Rise of Nations Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "王國的興起" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "国家的崛起" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RON" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

More like Empire earth meets Civilization..... James Kirk (159) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Age of Empires meets Civilization…FINALLY! BJ Hoskins (10) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The next-generation RTS Cabeza2000 (692) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The first "RTS" game to actually reward strategy rather than tactics, and the first to really capture the grand feel of a Civ-style game weregamer (157) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamerDad Jul 23, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZone May 12, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
4Players.de May 20, 2003 93 out of 100 93
GameSpy May, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Gamesdog Dec 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameElite.se Jun 13, 2003 5 out of 6 83
Play (Poland) Aug, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
1UP May 09, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

Rise of Nations appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best PC Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2004 - #5 Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #7 PC Game of the Year
    • 2003 – PC RTS Game of the Year
    • 2011 – #19 Top PC Game of the 2000s
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2005 - #36 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list

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Frederic Hutow (15) added Rise of Nations (Windows) on May 18, 2003