Probably one of the most engaging, turn based strategy games i have played...If not the best.
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Imperialism is obviously the first of the 2 games - Imperialism 2 is similar in some ways but different in others. It is based during the period from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. You must obtain a two thirds majority of the vote in the Council Elections held every few years, to win the game. This can be achieved by ruling two thirds of the world with your military might or via diplomatic channels.
The game requires choosing a nation to manage. Each nation has a capital and is divided into provinces. There are 6 other major nations and many minor nations. You are responsible for finding resources that will be necessary for development of everything the nation requires, from lumbar to fabric to steel. All resources must be connected to the capital via a transport network. These resources are crucial for the development of all necessary commodities, some of which i have listed above. Food, ofcourse, is on the list of important items and this can be divided into cattle, wheat, fish and fruit.
Along with building the infrastructure of your nation, you must also build a sizeable army and navy to mount military attacks and defend when necessary. The list of military units is extremely diverse but relevant to the era. You can actually manage the military attacks. This is one of the most satisfying parts of the game as it requires a similar approach as what the generals of that period had to adopt.
The Diplomatic aspect of the game is also crucial. You must trade with other nations to gain there support and trust as this will help you in the Council Elections which ultimately decide whether you win or not. Buying and selling on the international market has and always will be an important structural component of a nations economic wellbeing. Imperialism succeeds in emulating this and the success or failure of your nation is greatly affected if you are unable to remain competitive in this area.
The graphics are quite simple, but I don't think this should play a major role. The Sound effects are perfect for the game. You will appreciate hearing the sound of metal casting when placing orders in the Steel Mill and also appreciate hearing the sound of horses when ordering a Rancher to improve on a Ranch of Horses. You shouldn't have any problems with gameplay.
If you are able to find this game on net, do not hesitate in obtaining a copy. You will not be disappointed. The only problem is that it requires Windows 98 or 95 to run.
Imperialism 2 can run on Windows XP or Home.