Venice was at the peak of its power during the Renaissance and was viewed as a city of decadence, beauty and intrigue. Renowned as the linchpin of civilization and the cultural centre of Europe, Venice was the most important trading post between Western Europe and the eastern stretch of the Mediterranean Sea.
User reviews: Mixed (158 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2013

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Reviews

“Players who engage in get a wonderful and in depth game that will occupy you for months. Ranking up, making money from trade, the detailed 3D-graphics – all that simply motivates to play on.”
83% – PC Games

“If you’ve never tried Port Royale or Patrician, but are looking to explore a truly engaging “period piece” that will provide hours of entertainment, take Rise of Venice for a spin.”
94 – GamingTrend

“Rise of Venice is a bit like a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s. It is new, exciting and heartwarmingly familiar to anyone who has tasted the other flavors before.”
83 – Hooked Gamers

About This Game

Venice was at the peak of its power during the Renaissance and was viewed as a city of decadence, beauty and intrigue. Renowned as the linchpin of civilization and the cultural centre of Europe, Venice was the most important trading post between Western Europe and the eastern stretch of the Mediterranean Sea. It was also the stage for political corruptions and clandestine dealings.

This is where your story begins. As a young man striving for success, power and wealth and with the support of your family, you begin to build up a trading empire across Genua, Tripoli, Rome, Alexandria and Constantinople in addition to many other significant cities from the Renaissance. As you progress through the ranks of Venetian society, increasing your power with smart trading moves and calling in the occasional favour you can begin to assemble your own fleet. With this you will start to build up new production facilities, test yourself in challenging sea battles where you will face off against pirates as well as political enemies to finally become the Doge of Venice.

Key Features:


  • Experience a compelling story full of intrigue and treason in Venice at the time of the Renaissance
  • Trade a variety of goods in the most important cities of the time such as Rome, Alexandria, Constantinople or Athens.
  • With your own family tree you can interact with your family members, send them on missions and watch how the power of your family grows over time.
  • Meet other important families who are pulling the strings in Venice’s government and influence political decisions yourself.
  • Build your own production facilities and trading fleets
  • Take fate into your own hands and test your skills in furious sea battles
  • Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players via LAN and Internet

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo-Prozessor or similar
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible, 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Fired it back up after a year after being disappointed with all the game crashes - hoping that it would somehow be fixed. Well... nothing's changed really. I would strongly, strongly discourage anyone from getting this game if you're on a Nvidia card. Read the forums and you'll find hordes of angry buyers looking for refunds for a title that simply doesn't run for more than 30 mins. Developers are blaming hardware, gamers are up in disbelief (you know this routine).

If you're still keen on a title that emulates trading simulation (KOEI - Uncharted waters styled). This is it, Just don't expect too much
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The map is beautiful but like many beautiful things it can be high maintenance. There is a lot of lag on my system and I believe it is because the map is so animated especially with the people milling in the towns, trees swaying in the wind, and the ocean waves. I plan to upgrade my pc after the holidays. I will try it again then. (My system meets the requirements listed here)
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
10 hours playing and I needed to restart 3 time because the game is not responding.
Small improvements compared with Port Royale 3 which is an exact clone of this game. The game play is repetitive a lot after a few hours playing. The map is smaller, has less ports and landmarks. Also the campaign quests are repetitive and not impressive story line.
I regret that I spent $10 on the DLC because is not adding much to the game for the value. The DLC should be free for the little improvements that it offers and for the very important reason that the campaign map does not include the DLC expanded map with extra ports. There is no DLC campaign.

Graphics are good and the UI is better organized with an easy to buy goods based on the amounts price difference (amounts bar snaps to the max limit / price).

Why a game with so much potential failed to impress me:
- Errors. Game needs restarting every 1-2 hours
- My biggest disappointment is the small map with just a few ports. It feels like the game is not complete.
- DLC does not have campaign storyline.
- No action at all when it comes to history around Venice. Game starts with impression that building up army will get excited and you can change history but nothing changes once you have super power and you can only clean up pirates on the map for almost no reward.
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I'm a big fan of the Kalypso titles. I played most of the economics titles with the exception of tropico which i will try someday. As for Port royale and Patrician , RoV follow the logic of the economy of Kalypso titles with enough difference to have its own title, you don't place building or expand your city size like Patrician or Port Royale. Everything takes place in the wolrd map , which is not a bad things as it saves tons of loading screens. RoV requires you not to play in '' God mode '' meaning if you scale back too much the map you will miss everything froms teachers to black market or chests floating around. With the DLC the map get a decent size, still much smaller than Port Royale but bigger than a Patrican map. In short if the others titles i mentioned pleased you in the past, RoV is for you. HOWEVER, and i must warn you all, there is a massive crash bug regarding Nvidia cards which as of July 25 2014 is not yet solver at all. Yes friends almost a year out and there is still a major crash bug unresolved with no news as of we are working on it.... If you are the kind of people getting angry at stupids bugs AVOID this game at all cost. The only thing that keep me going is my addiction to the capitalism system Kalypso titles gives us. Because of this i will not recommend this game to anyone. A TDR bug with one of the most popular 3d cards of the decade means a broken game that should not have been released.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
If you've played Patrician IV and/or Port Royale 3, this is "the same, but different". Which some might find off-putting, and which I sure as heck wouldn't recommend at full price. But I got it on a Steam sale for $6 USD, and it was a steal at that price. It's a maritime trading game with city-building elements and a nice politics/intrigue game mechanic that fits the setting along with a nice sense of progression that's a welcome add to the series.

If you're not already a fan of this genre, it's not going to change your mind, but I've been playing these games for ages and I like it. There's not enough here to merit $30, but anything $15 or below is well worth the price.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
It is very similar to Patrician IV, the menus are identical as are the sounds.
There is not much depth to the game itself, just trading. Unlike in P4, you don't get to plan a city, expand walls or help build a new settlement. The map is WYSIWYG.
Naval battles are OK, have a nice touch with the oil and the barrels.

In short: If you like P4 and want a bit less features and less depth, this game is for you. If you want a large variety, better stick to P4. I am still enjoying this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
It's OK. I was a bit dissapointed in the options for automating trade routes, the options aren't advanced enough to set detailed loading and unloading options and sale prices.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The game is great if your a simulator lover like myself but if your looking for something more action packed this is not the game for you. Naval battles are great and they often end up how they should historically.

The game on the other hand is far too simple. I managed to beat the entire game on proffesional in my 2nd try. After you beat the game there really isn't much to do except fire this up ever now and then.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
I have to say, that I meanwhile really like the game. At fist I was a bit disappointed, because it lacks the depth and micromanagement options of "Hanse". But other then that, it is really a lot of fun to play the campaign.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This game has a lot of potential. I’d like to see more people online and more DLC.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Gorgeous looking game, and a surprising lot of fun! It's not very deep, and the interface can be nightmarish starting off, but one you get to grips with it, it's an addictive little trade sim. Kind of mindless after a while, but the progression is nice. I got this for about £4 and I consider that a fair price. I wouldn't recommend spending £19 on this.

In all, decent mindless fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Quite boring honestly. Very great looking game, but lacks anything really worthwhile, I played for only a little bit and was bored quickly. If you really enjoy economy games, this is for you, but otherwise, not worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
This game is....... just wrong so wrong.
It is so simplistic like a facebook clicky.
The worst in the series by a mile.
I love these types of games but not this one.

Dont even think about it even in a sale.

For those with larger screens (mine is 2560x1080) the game is unplayeable, yes thats the ammount of effort they have put into this.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I really like this trading game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Terrible later on maybe its better but at the start you are at a stagion with a exspense of 100 dollars a day even if somethings in demand it will often be worth less then where you bought it from
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Too repetitive you'll give up on this game too often when you try restarting.
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3 of 20 people (15%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Oo, much trade, much like.
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158 of 186 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Don't even bother if you have Patrician and/or Port Royale. Yes graphics are better than those but that doesn't matter when you are not even looking. This is a "trade simulation", not an rts, fps or something like that which requires any graphics after all. A few cities (excluding dlc, because i don't have it), a few items to trade the game becomes nothing of a challenge after 3 hours or so.

Price is damn too high also. I pre-ordered it for 40$ which i can easily say that it was the worst gaming decision i have ever made in my 18-19+ years of gaming. Maximum amount i would pay to this game after knowing what it really is is about 10$ and it is a "maybe".

BUT if you don't have Patrician or Port Royale (Patrician 4 was better for trade i think) and have the money or this game is on sale, go for it. It is quite okay. But don't expect you will play it 2-3 hours a day for months or you will go back to it after 3-4 months. You play it for a few days, a few hours a day and game manages to bore the ♥♥♥♥ out of you.
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73 of 91 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
This game is a useless copy of port royal 3. As PR3 was a failed game, kalipso labs decided to make exactly the same game but in a different geography. Detailed cities have disappeared, leaving us a full detailed map where options are really simple. Families and political issues have been improved slightly but economy is now stupid. The same price is shared by many articles so a kg of fruit costs the same as a kg of oil.
No complexity appears now in this game where changing the Caribbean to the Mediterranean seem to be the most impressive game. Even comodities icons are the same.
No changes, no innovation, less complexity, less detailed cities, useless combat controls, and higher prices (God save steam sales) is whats i would highlight from these cheap copy of port royal.
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is pretty and provides a decent distraction for a couple hours, but the trading economy and other strategic elements are too shallow to provide much meat. Even at max difficulty settings I breezed through every challenge the game tried to offer me.
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