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This expansion, as its name suggests, adds to the timeline of the original game that ended in 1789 to encompass the Napoleonic wars, up to 1820 along with new events and event chains, such as revolutions, changing the location of one's capital and the dismantling of the Holy Roman Empire.

Trade: One common player complaint about EU3 was the requirement to micro manage the sending of merchants to various Centers of Trade (CoT). Napoleon's Ambition allows the player to auto-send merchants to the CoT's of his/her choice, along with three levels of precedence deciding which CoT's to send to first. CoT's outside of a country's original area now start out as closed, so after discovering new trade centers in the east or the new world, one needs to use either diplomacy or war to gain access to the new markets. There is now also the possibility of opening new trade centers.

Colonization: The race for colonization was generally regarded as happening too early in the game, so the concept of Colonial Range has been introduced. It is based on one's level of naval technology, and prevents you from colonizing too far from an established city.

Interface: Several new ledger pages makes have been added to make it easier to choose where to build what and and to give easier access to information. The trade overlay map that previously only showed the coverage of the CoT's now also shows which goods are produced where, allowing for less random clicking when deciding on where to place manufactories.

Additional options have been added to customize gameplay. Players will now have options for "No Inflation", "Free Colonisation", "AI Aggressiveness", "Historical Monarchs", etc.


Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Windows The terrain map over Prussia.
Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Windows Ledger colony listing.
Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Windows A new building ledger page with context sensitive information columns.
Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Windows The political map of Europe 1796.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ヨーロッパ ユニバーサリスⅢナポレオンの野望" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Европа III. Войны Наполеона" -- Russian spelling
  • "Europa Universalis III: Napoleon no Yabou" -- Japanese title

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Absolute Games ( Windows Oct 09, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Sep 13, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Out Of Eight Windows Sep 09, 2007 6 out of 8 75
GameSpot Windows Jun 27, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
MacLife Macintosh May 12, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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