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In Republic: The Revolution, you must rise to power in a former Soviet state using political and coercive means.

The game opens showing you the current dictator of the country of Novistrana, and what horrible acts he commits against the populace, including giving an order to abduct your entire family. You are then presented with ten multiple choice questions. Answer carefully! Your answers will determine who your character is and how he acts.

At the outset, you are a nobody. Your first job is to hire some henchmen you can order around. Once you hire some people, you can instruct them to perform various acts to help gain support. Some of these acts include bribing officials (bribe the police chief so he'll look the other way), intimidate people, commit assault, arson, and even murder (only when you have to). There are also peaceful ways of gaining support, such as attending charity gala's or donating money to a worthy cause.

You can hire someone to go around plasting posters, gaining political support, or you can hire a person to go door-to-door advertising you and what you stand for. You can hire a boxer to fight for you, tell him how aggressive you want him to be, and if he wins, more support for you. If not, well, there's always blackmail.

The main campaign has you trying to overthrow the current president so that you may take control of the country. You'll have to go through three different cities to reach your ultimate goal, each one harder and larger than the one before it.

Most of the game takes place in an open-ended 3D environment, where you can walk (or drive) around. Everybody in the game, from the man in the store to the old lady in the walker, has a name and political alignment, and it's your job to make sure they see things your way. When push comes to shove, and the current president tries to get rid of you, you can initiate a peaceful protest and stand in front of tanks, blocking their path. Whether they stop or not is dependent on how the military likes you.

There are multiple ways to finish the game, guaranteeing a couple of replays. You can go through the game completely neutral, or you can go all out, committing terrorist acts and inciting national riots.

Victory means the presidency. You don't want to know what happens if you lose....


Republic: The Revolution Windows You name your character, and name the faction you wish to lead.
Republic: The Revolution Windows Ten different questions determines what who you'll be.
Republic: The Revolution Windows Now that I'm in the public eye, I'm going to be attacked (news articles, leaflets, etc.) by the rival party's.
Republic: The Revolution Windows The grand opening of my casino!  It's a good chance for free publicity and to spread my influence.

Promo Images

Republic: The Revolution Render
Republic: The Revolution Screenshot
Republic: The Revolution Render
Republic: The Revolution Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "共和国:革命" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Республика: Революция" -- Russian spelling
  • "Republika: Rewolucja" -- Polish title
  • "Gongheguo: Geming" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Ambitious Windows Cyberzed (57)

Critic Reviews

PC Zone Windows Aug 08, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Games4Mac Macintosh 2004 87 out of 100 87 Windows Jul 18, 2006 15 out of 20 75
IGN Windows Sep 02, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Over Online Windows Oct 22, 2003 70 out of 100 70 Windows Sep 02, 2003 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot Windows Sep 02, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 21, 2003 65 out of 100 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Joystick (French) Windows Sep, 2003 5 out of 10 50


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Republic: The Revolution was to be released in 1998, but due to several delays and publisher changes, it took five years before the final product came out.


One of the artists became a cult figure on the team, so his face was used in some of the textures. Check out some of the gravestones and find the Gay Hussar pub sign. He's the guy wearing a Russian Bearskin hat.


The game shipped before all the music had been arranged, so there was an extra 30 minutes of soundtrack still to be added. The complete soundtrack was released as an audio CD some time later.


The 3D engine used in this game is called the Totality Engine, developed by Elixir Studios. It is capable of rendering very complex worlds with limited resources. More about the engine can be read in the related links section.


  • Golden Joystick Awards
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2004 - #5 Biggest Disappointment
Information also contributed by piltdown man, Sciere and simox6.

Related Web Sites

  • Official Webpage (Mac) (The official product page for the Mac version of The Revolution on the publisher's website, which features an overview not only of the game, but the engine, interface, and simulation elements, as well. The site also provides a series of desktop wallpapers, a trailer, and ordering information, among other such things.)
  • Republic: The Revolution (Official website)
  • The Totality Engine (An article, in two parts, about the 3d engine used in Republic: The Revolution)
  • You Say You Want a Revolution? Play for Power (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Republic: The Revolution, with commentary being provided by Creator Demis Hassabis (February, 2004).)
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