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 (148 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 27, 2013

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“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

    • 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
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Too repetitive you'll give up on this game too often when you try restarting.
Posted: October 6
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26.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 23
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12.3 hrs on record
This game has a lot of potential. I’d like to see more people online and more DLC.
Posted: September 29
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 25
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 13
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 18
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Havent been able to play this game much as it hacks and are randomly slow and sometimes to the Extreme. Not shure why, maybe because of online problems. But from what i have played, this game have no complexity or Depths, but is a game i can play for a few hours and then get bored for and forgett all about. Basic Graphics, basic gameplay and gameinstruction who makes me think this game was menth for children (Or maybe they think we are dumb). The game has a Limited map With few cities to trade from. Not that it matters how many citites there are, as they all look the same and you just dont need going far to make decent trades. However i cant seem to be much inspired to earn a hugh mass of wealth.
Why do i start the game With a steamship??? Around 350 years to early for that, isnt it?
Posted: May 14
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2 of 17 people (12%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Oo, much trade, much like.
Posted: June 20
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10.4 hrs on record
I really like this trading game.
Posted: June 28
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10.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 22
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1.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 20
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7.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 7
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0.4 hrs on record
Rather disappointing. Camera controls were buggy the games start up was rough and it was just a rather unpleasant experience over all. When trying to select options in game sometimes options didn't go through and it became increasingly more annoying. Meh.
Posted: May 24
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5.4 hrs on record
Not impressed controls are not intuitive and lack of strategic complexity gets boring fast.
Posted: April 29
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14.8 hrs on record
A promising game, however the new "Rival" system doesnt do it
The AI is not a challenge
Port Royale was much better and had a MUCH bigger map.

The campaign can be finished in around 8-10 hours
With just a few hours the game can be "completed" (Supplying every city with all the goods they need)
Posted: May 4
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2.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 19
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44.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 7
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13.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 30
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156 of 183 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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73 of 90 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: December 1, 2013
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