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Game Groups > Historical conflict: Napoleonic Wars

This group includes games that take place during (and are about) the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Not to be confused with the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802), which were concerned with defending the French First Republic and the revolutionary ideals of 1789. Most titles in this group are strategy games, Napoleon being widely recognized as a military genius himself.

Background: The Napoleonic Wars are a series of military conflicts fought by France and its smaller allies on one side, and several coalitions headed primarily by the British Empire on the other. The coalitions came to include a different number of other countries across the years, with Austria, Prussia and Russia committing the most in blood. Napoleon ended up conquering most of continental Europe through military victories and diplomatic efforts, installing members of his family at the head of various petty states and forcing alliances on defeated enemies. Despite having the humanistic gains made by the French Revolution of 1789 as a main premise, the belligerent countries were not driven only by ideological reasons. The coalitions wanted to reestablish the balance of power and maintain the previous territorial status quo on the European continent, while the France-Britain antagonism was fueled by a centuries-old rivalry. On the other side, Napoleon's ambition was determined mainly by his personal appetite for conquest.

While Napoleon has fought as a soldier or as a general since the War of the First Coalition (1792-1797), most historians place the start of the Napoleonic Wars in 1803, when Napoleon, having absolute power in France, had repeatedly breached the peace signed at Amiens in 1802, thus giving start to the War of the Third Coalition (1803-1806). Others consider that this particular series of conflicts started in 1799, when Napoleon seized the power in the country and named himself consul.

The wars marked a turning point in military history, as mass conscription, implemented by both sides, meant that an unprecedented amount of soldiers fought in battles. In terms of technology, the armies were better equipped thanks to mass-produced weaponry, and the role of artillery in military tactics increased. The Napoleonic Wars caused millions in casualties worldwide, and together with the Seven Years' War (1754-1763) is regarded as a prelude to the World Wars of the next century. The greatest battles were fought at Trafalgar (1805), Austerlitz (1805), Jena (1806), Borodino (1812), Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815).

Related Links: * Wikipedia: Napoleonic Wars

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Title Platforms Released
box cover thumbnail 1812: Napoleon Wars Macintosh, Windows 2019
box cover thumbnail 1815 Amstrad CPC, Oric, Thomson TO, Thomson MO 1984
box cover thumbnail Age of Sail Windows, Windows 3.x 1996
box cover thumbnail Age of Sail II Windows 2001
box cover thumbnail Austerlitz ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC 1986
box cover thumbnail Austerlitz Linux, DOS, Windows, Amiga, Atari ST 1989
Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory Windows 2002
box cover thumbnail Battleground 3: Waterloo Windows, Windows 3.x 1996
box cover thumbnail Battleground 6: Napoleon in Russia Windows, Windows 3.x 1997
box cover thumbnail Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo Windows, Windows 3.x 1997
box cover thumbnail Battles of Napoleon DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II 1988
Bonaparte Windows 2003
box cover thumbnail Borodino Amiga, Atari ST, DOS 1989
box cover thumbnail Broadsides Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit 1984
box cover thumbnail Campaigns on the Danube 1805 & 1809 Windows 2004
box cover thumbnail Clear for Action Atari 8-bit, TRS-80 1984
box cover thumbnail Commander: Napoleon at War Windows, Macintosh 2008
box cover thumbnail Computer Napoleonics: The Battle of Waterloo Apple II 1980
box cover thumbnail Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars Windows 2005
box cover thumbnail East India Company: Battle of Trafalgar Windows 2009
box cover thumbnail Empire Earth Windows 2001
box cover thumbnail Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy Windows 2006
box cover thumbnail Europa Universalis II Windows, Macintosh 2001
box cover thumbnail Europa Universalis III: Napoleon's Ambition Windows, Macintosh 2007
box cover thumbnail Fields of Glory DOS, Windows, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Macintosh 1993
box cover thumbnail Great Napoleonic Battles DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1991
box cover thumbnail Holdfast: Nations at War Windows 2020
box cover thumbnail Imperial Glory Windows, Macintosh 2005
box cover thumbnail L'Empereur DOS, NES, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, FM Towns, Sharp X68000, Windows, Sharp X1 1990
box cover thumbnail Man of War Windows, DOS 1997
box cover thumbnail March of the Eagles Windows, Macintosh 2013
box cover thumbnail Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Windows Apps 2012
box cover thumbnail Napoleon Windows 2002
box cover thumbnail Napoleon Game Boy Advance, Wii U 2001
box cover thumbnail Napoleon 1813 Windows 1999
box cover thumbnail Napoleon at War ZX Spectrum 1986
box cover thumbnail Napoleon at Waterloo Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit 1984
Napoleon I: The Campaigns 1805-1814 Amiga, Atari ST 1991
box cover thumbnail Napoleon in Russia: Borodino 1812 DOS, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit 1987
box cover thumbnail Napoleon vs. The Evil Monarchies: Austerlitz 1805 DOS, Amiga 1989
box cover thumbnail Napoleon's Battles Windows 2000
box cover thumbnail Napoleon's Campaigns Windows 2007
box cover thumbnail Napoleon's Campaigns: 1813 & 1815 Apple II 1981
box cover thumbnail Napoleon: Interactive Battle Simulator Browser 2000
box cover thumbnail Napoleon: Total War Windows, Macintosh 2010
box cover thumbnail Napoleonics DOS, Amiga 1993
box cover thumbnail Paris in Danger Atari 8-bit 1983
box cover thumbnail Raszyn 1809 Atari 8-bit 1992
box cover thumbnail Risk: The Game of Global Domination Windows, PlayStation 1996
box cover thumbnail Scourge of War: Waterloo Windows 2015

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