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Rise of Nations



Conquer the world with economic force and might.

What parents need to know

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Contains violence displayed in a non-gratuitous manner.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Big Huge Games
Release date:September 30, 2003
ESRB rating:T

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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, because you have to research things before you can build things. for example you have to research military level 1, before you can build a barracks. the most educational thing is the concept of this: you start at a old age and research to get to new ages. just like star wars empire at war, you have full controll of your troops. troops range from battle ships to flamethrower guys, to bombers. you can choose a race to play as too, like china the US, and many indians. over all it is a six star game, but it only had five.
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Great role models
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 honestly that looks like someone falling over and falling asleep!!!
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 or by other means such as building more 'Wonders of the World' than other nations, but just because you can win by peaceful means doesn't mean that you won't be fighting. During battle blood pools under dead people and animals but it's not gory and you only can see a battle from a bird's eye view. The game does require stagy to win.
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Too much violence
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