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While its predecessor Heritage of Kings: The Settlers turned the series into a RTS, The Settlers: Rise of an Empire returns to the roots of the series and adds some 1701 A.D. on top. This means that the gameplay has been somewhat simplified and the city building part is again the center of attention.

Due to the simplification key elements of the original game have been adjusted. So when you build a building you no longer need a construction worker and some settlers to bring the resources to the building lo. Instead the resources are immediately removed from your account and the future owner of the house takes his trolley and builds his home himself. Each building has several upgrade stages which allows more people to work there and so speed up the production.

The production cycle itself also has undergone a significant change. Back in the days the harvester put his harvested good in front of his house and other settlers took it to the producer. Now the harvester brings his materials to the warehouse and the producer gets it from there. To speed up the process a little, you can build streets again but they aren't a necessity anymore.

Instead other goods like food have become a necessity for every settler and the higher your knight and castle advance in rank, the more demanding your settlers get. Soon they won't settle for food but also demand clothing.

Also the military part has been tuned down, too the few units you can build still behave and are controlled like in any other RTS. You also have a hero in every mission which has special abilities like healing sick settlers.


The Settlers: Rise of an Empire Windows A butcher at work.
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire Windows The city flourishes.
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire Windows A lumberjack at work.
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire Windows Bandits attack a merchant.

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Settlers. Расцвет империи" -- Russian title
  • "The Settlers: Vzestup říše" -- Czech Title
  • "The Settlers: Narodziny Imperium" -- Polish title
  • "The Settlers: Bâtisseurs d'Empire" -- French Title
  • "Die Siedler: Aufstieg eines Königreichs" -- German title
  • "Die Siedler 6" -- Informal German Title

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Critic Reviews Sep 26, 2007 81 out of 100 81
GamesFire Oct 01, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Oct 05, 2007 74 out of 100 74 Oct 27, 2007 71 out of 100 71
Absolute Games ( Dec 24, 2007 68 out of 99 69
IGN Oct 01, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65 Oct 05, 2007 13 out of 20 65 (UK) Oct 18, 2007 5 out of 10 50
1UP Sep 10, 2007 C 50


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Settlers Mini Game 3 Jeff Palumbo
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Sicarius (61702) added The Settlers: Rise of an Empire (Windows) on Sep 28, 2007