Common Sense Media says

Conquer the world with economic force and might.

Users say

(out of 12 reviews)
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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!!!
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.
What other families should know
Great role models
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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written bymelted831 August 24, 2009

good for young teens

This game is fun and great. It has some violent battles but no blood. It has some history learn about and has a fun campaign to follow.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Adult Written byLkc159 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, effective way the aspects of diplomacy, especially in the way of resource trading (committed aid). There also exists a learning curve that doesn't happen to be very steep, and the difficulty of the AI makes for a possibly challenging and fun game. The Conquer the world campaign also gives players an idea of world geography, as well as the history and aspects of a particular area of earth or a particular people (For example China's "Power of Culture", highlighting China's advantage in the area of cultural development in the middle ages over other civilizations, or Egypt's ability to have two extra farms per town being reflective in their agriculture in the early ages due to the Nile.) This is a fantastic game.
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


This is a great game! Me, my cat (that's right,my cat),and my dad played this game. It would help boost imagination.
Adult Written bysgt_warne April 9, 2008

Great game of strategy

Great Game of learning and strategy.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymsp23 April 9, 2008

Great real time statagy game

By far one of the best. Fairly easy to use (a little harder later on in the ages but not too bad) and fun for hours and hours. Not gory like some of the other games though people do make death dances occasionally and scream or something but really not that disturbing. I agree with whoever rated it in the adult catagory with that it should be rated E.
Teen, 14 years old Written bythmtrxhsy April 9, 2008

Great strategy game.

Great game where you creat and build your own nation. Although the rating on the back of the box says t for "blood and gore" there is only blood. Great game for kids 10 or older. Advance through nations and be king!!!
Adult Written byaecdoglover April 9, 2008

What were they thinking?

THIS IS A GREAT GAME FOR ALL AGES. PLAYERS ACTUALLY LEARN FROM THIS GAME!! You learn about countries, cultute, economics, strategy, and more. Everyone should play this game! CSM overrates everything!
Teen, 14 years old Written byBobb April 9, 2008

Great RTS

This is the greatest historical RTS on the market, and captures the distinct feels of the different cultures well. Recomended for both RTS and historical gaming fans.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMetra April 9, 2008