Rise of Nations

Game review by
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Conquer the world with economic force and might.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Contains violence displayed in a non-gratuitous manner.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although much of the game focuses on military conquest, it's presented in a somewhat historical context. The violence is always displayed in a non-gratuitous manner.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bythomas1foot February 27, 2011

For All Ages, Amazing

This has got to be one of the greatest strategy games of all time, it's brilliant. Without even being very violent sure there is a heap of killing but hone... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous December 29, 2009
This game manages to show players the development of people from the early ages to today. Diplomacy is also a key aspect of the game and shows in a simplistic,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byiamJMAN00793 June 22, 2010

A Good RTS for Older Tweens and Teens

Rise of Nations is a game in which players represent different nations like Britain, Germany, China, Russia and many others. You can win by military domination... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2010
rise of nations (ron) is a very good game that makes you build your citys, and eventually building up your forces to fight. you have to get the hang of it first... Continue reading

What's it about?

For teens who like to imagine themselves as the sometime ruler of the world, RISE OF NATIONS provides a way to experiment with strategy. The player's goal is to guide one of 18 great nations through a campaign to take over the world.

Rise of Nations combines the turn-based play of a board game like Risk, with the on-the-move excitement of a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game. In RTS mode the play is continuous, as both the player and the opponent build up resources and strategically attack each other's cities to control territory.

Is it any good?

The game some educational potential, offering specialized units and traits for each nation and following a rough timeline of national development from ancient times to modern ages. These elements could spark a player's interest in a particular nation's history, but the game doesn't take advantage of this by explaining the historical significance between the special units and that particular nation. From an entertainment aspect, the game performs admirably with artificial intelligence that offers multiple levels of difficulty. Players can use a multi-player option to challenge friends.

Although battles are shown fully animated, the violence is tempered by the player only having a bird's eye view rather than being fully immersed. In the end, Rise of Nations is a good game; from an entertainment point of view it is excellent. However, a little more effort could have given players not only an entertaining time, but also an educational one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about world history. Encourage kids to learn more about the countries they get to know in the game.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Big Huge Games
  • Release date: September 30, 2003
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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