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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 Time to nuke!
Rise of Nations Windows Egyptians capital at the Medieval Age
Rise of Nations Windows Diplomacy screen
Rise of Nations Windows Helicopters against frigates

Promo Images

Rise of Nations Render Fire Lance
Rise of Nations Render
Rise of Nations Screenshot British Combat Gallery
Rise of Nations Screenshot Image originally uploaded on 2002-10-29


Alternate Titles

  • "王國的興起" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "国家的崛起" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "RON" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

More like Empire earth meets Civilization..... James Kirk (168) 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 (817) 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 (169) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpot May 21, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Armchair Empire, The Jul 06, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Jun 21, 2003 90 out of 100 90 May 23, 2003 87 out of 100 87 Jun 13, 2003 5 out of 6 83
Play (Poland) Aug, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) May 30, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Jun, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Benelux Jun, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Super Play (Sweden) May, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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