Napoleon: Total War provides an excellent level of historical detail. Creative Assembly has provided lengthy, well written descriptions about authentic units, structures, and personalities of the time. What's more, the tactics employed during battle are highly believable. Players move their soldiers, cavalries, and ships in historically accurate formations and at believable speeds. And it's just as fun as it is realistic. Turn-based play is slow, but also intricate and demanding as you try to keep the citizenry happy while conquering new lands. The battles, meanwhile, can be hectic. They reward the clever and swift of mind; even greatly outnumbered forces can win with the right tactics.
However, it takes time to learn these strategies. The tutorials are great, but they just touch the tip of the iceberg. It will take hours for rookies to achieve any significant level of success. Still, that's not a criticism so much as a caution that this is a very challenging game. That just means victory, when achieved, is all the sweeter.
Online interaction: Players can go up against one another online. Open text chat is supported so what kids will experience can be unpredicatable and perhaps, offensive. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for children under 12 years of age.