“he Who Fears Being Conquered Is Sure Of Defeat.”The war-game March of the Eagles focuses on the dramatic conflicts of Europe during 1805 to 1820. Explore one of the defining periods in European history with this experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy, Paradox Development Studio.
User reviews:
Mixed (139 reviews) - 68% of the 139 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy March of the Eagles

Buy March of the Eagles - 4-Pack

Includes four copies of March of the Eagles - Send the extra copies to your friends



“Paradoxiana at its most approachable and bellicose. Engaging engagements, feisty AI, low price.”
80/100 – PC Gamer

“If a real-time version of Risk on steroids mixed with Diplomacy's double-dealing sounds appealing, then March of the Eagles is well worth picking up.”
7/10 – Gamespot

“March of the Eagles may have more limited ambitions than its grand strategy cousins, but in limiting its goals it makes its successes more evident. It's a relatively brief and accessible strategy experience that's good alone and better with friends.”
7,9/10 – IGN

About This Game

“he Who Fears Being Conquered Is Sure Of Defeat.”

The war-game March of the Eagles focuses on the dramatic conflicts of Europe during 1805 to 1820. Explore one of the defining periods in European history with this experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy, Paradox Development Studio. The makers of Hearts of Iron and Europa Universalis now bring The Napoleonic War to life in this war-focused strategy game.

Main Features

  • Take command: Rise to power in the era of the Napoleonic Wars and move on to claim the control of Europe
  • Lead your nation: Attack your opponents and defend your nation’s border while the tension rises. Expand your nation with war, negotiation and keep your empire from falling apart
  • Europe is at your feet: Explore a historical topographic map in full 3D with a complete view of Europe
  • Command your troops: Use the combat order system and manage your troops to secure as much power as possible
  • Experience true warfare: Organize your armies, manage logistics, raid your enemy's supply lines and set the strategy for your armies, fleets and more
  • Use diplomacy: Form coalitions against other major powers
  • Explore the new idea system: Embrace new technology, military tactics and economical organization
  • Become the dominant power of Europe: Experience the Victory System that allows you to dominate the other powers on land and at sea
  • Multiplayer: Battle against your friends in this heavily multiplayer focused game where you can engage in multiplayer for up to 32 players
  • Customize your game: March of the Eagles gives you the chance to customize and mod in detail to create your ultimate wargame

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 video card, 512Mb graphics memory required with a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 or greater
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Mixed (139 reviews)
Review Type

Purchase Type


Display As:

(what is this?)
97 reviews match the filters above ( Mixed)
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
187 of 214 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
I love Paradox games, which is why it pains me to pan this one. Clocking in 200 hours with the likes of a Crusader Kings or a Europa game is easy for me to do, but at the 18th hour mark I decided this is simply a flawed game concept. The problem is that the game engine that Paradox uses so well covering their other grand strategy games does not scale very well when applied to the limited time frame of a Napoleon era game. Nowhere is this better seen than in the process of battles. The somewhat generalized battle system may be fine for a game that covers hundreds of years, but a game that only covers decades demands a more involved/detailed battle system. They make an attempt by allowing you to choose battle tactics for example, but you never get the feel for the difference as the battle zips by, typical in Paradox games. Napoleon's never ending pursuit for the definitive battle never feels fully realized. The player is left wanting more once the battle engages. The game desperately needed a sub system - or mini game if you will - that allows the player to engage in some tactical choices in the battles. In this way the building of the army and the choices you made in unit structures feels more important. And honestly, some of the other things so important and necessary in a long time frame game just seems like a distraction here. The diplomacy and coalition building system holds promise, but in practice seemed more tedious to me than fun or interesting. Once again, the engine that makes history dabbling sandbox play fun just does not scale as well in a game covering less historical time.

I really hope they take another shot at the era but next time take the time to design or better modify the game engine to better reflect the uniqueness of the simulation.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
This is a game judged harshly for what it isn't and what people thought it was instead of for what it is and what it was meant to be. What this game isn't is a grand strategy game seeking to model every cultural and economic aspect of running a nation in Europe in the early 19th century. What this game is, to put it simply, is a Napoleonic version of Hearts of Iron. It's purely a war game and that's all it aspires to be, and as a war game it's pretty enjoyable.

Thus the mechanics of everyting relating to the military are deeper than most, if not all, Paradox games barring Hearts of Iron itself, and everything else is simplified. You can't adjust taxes (though can take out loans in an emergency), you don't need to justify declarations of war, war begins almost immediately after you unpause the game, and technology is represented as a linear set of techs organized by category that you purchase with "idea points" that accumulate each month.

The entire point of the game is the military and that's where the depth comes in. Similar to Hearts of Iron, provinces are very small to allow for maneuvering, and most importantly, armies are extremely customizable.

  • First, each army has a main commander as well as up to four subcommanders, one each for the left, right, center flanks, and the last for the reserves.
  • Then, units in the army can be manually distributed between the flanks and the reserves so it's organized just how you like it.
  • Finally, the main commander and the four sub commanders all have independent tactics you can set for them, with the main commander having unique ones. Some examples include scorched earth, standing your ground, delaying, entrenched defense, feint, etc. with each having their own requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be usable (for example, "feint" requires the flank to have at least 15% light infantry and 15% cavalry in order to work).

So you could have a right flank that entrenches and stands their ground, a center flank of line infantry that conducts a feint, and a left flank of elite guards that conducts a counter punch to enemy troops caught in the feint, each with the perfect commander to accentuate the tactics. As an added bit of Napoleonic immersion, it tracks the number of enemy flags captured for each brigade, which had an deep impact on troop morale.

The possibilities are endliess and no two armies are alike. Unlike every other Paradox game that isn't Hearts of Iron, this game's combat isn't a simple matter of just shoving two doom stacks into one giant province, watching floating numbers for a few seconds, and the other one scurrying off. It's about creating highly customised and unique armies commanded by countless possible commanders in order to give yourself a tactical edge. Combat is deep, nuanced, constant, and satisfying.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
76 of 86 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2014
For fans of the Total War series who like looking at the bigger picture. Or an excellent entry level Paradox Interactive grand strategy game.

When I bought the game I was a complete Paradox Interactive noob but I always liked the idea of their truly-grand strategy games. However, having played the demos for Europa Universalis III and Hearts of Iron II, I was convinced I would never be able to get my head around the complexities of Paradox's games. This all changed with March of the Eagles. The era in which the game is set is right up my street and the scale of the campaign map was like nothing I'd experienced before ('scale' is a relative term here).

People familiar with strategy games will be fimiliar with the basic concepts here. You destroy your enemies and take their land, simple. However, in MotE the immediate gains (land) you make are much smaller than those in other games such as the Total War series. This may sound boring to some but I assure you the opposite is true. Because you have to fight harder for every inch, when you eventually destroy a nation it is all the more satisfying.

Every nations on the map is playable from launch (no DLC is a rarity these days) which adds replayability to the game. I had the most fun playing as a lesser nations and working the larger powers against each other. Personally I recommend one of the Italian nations.

Educational and fun!?!?!

What suprised me is what you learn while playing this game! If history/national geography interests you then this game is great. I can now name a lot of lesser Germanic/Burgundian nations such as Nassau and Hessen which I didn't know once existed. There are also event pop ups which add little to gameplay but provide educational fun, such as I never knew that Napoleon named his brother the King of The Netherlands. Fun fact!

The diplomacy element and associated AI is not the greatest in any game ever to be honest but it does the job perfectly well. There is a 'coalition' mechanic in this game which is a unique concept as far as I am concerned. This basically means that you and a bunch of other nations rally behind a super-power (Prussia, Austria, Russia, Ottomans, French or British [and Spain, but not really]) to defeat another super-power which results in an unbreakable alliance. This is a nice idea and historically relevent and probably the best feature in the game.

Let's be honest. You auto-resolve most of the battles when playing Total War and that's why you're here.

Basically the meat and potatoes of the game. If you're not planning on going to war there is not much point in playing the game. There are no live battlefield engagements in the style of Total War or Age of Empires but frankly they are not needed. While nine times out of ten combat boils down to who has more men, there are still other elements that effect the outcome in subtle ways. There are a variety of units avaliable to build but they are essentially pictures which represent statistics. But specific army composition is not necessarily what the game is about for me (though the right balance helps). For me it is not the who, but the where and when.... and also who a bit. Having the right amount of men in the right place at the right time is how you are going to win, not by numbers and blitzkrieg tactics. Also, with the exception of Russia and the Ottomans, you are not going to survive alone. You need friends. When you build an epic alliance as Britain with Naples, Prussia, Bavaria and Piemonte against the French this is where the game shines. It's even more fun to watch all those nations instantly turn against you for their personal gain as soon as the war is over. In this respect the game is extremely Machiavellian, and I love it!

The combat is further complicated by the need to balance resources such as money and manpower. Compared to other Paradox games this level of resource management is childs play, but it is still on a par with other conventional RTSs.

Famous historical characters such as Horatio Nelson and Napoleon make cameos which is a nice touch. They come with combat bonuses and can lead you armies/navies.

Acceptable. There is not a lot to be said here as the game essentially consists of a map and a few character models. It looks nice, don't get me wrong, but it is what it is. If you're going to be persuaded either way by graphics for a game like this you're probably in the wrong place. Be warned, there are a lot of menus but that is fine. You find your way pretty quickly.

The sound effects are passable to the point of being simply passive. Again, there is not much to report. Music on the other hand is where Paradox always delivers and this game is no different. It feels thematic but also extremely epic. The music adds further grandeur to the game which may not exist otherwise.

The way Steam works the chances are this game will come up in a Steam sale soon enough. If it drops below £10 ($13ish) and it sounds like it might be your thing just get it and blame me if you're disappointed. I doubt you will be. If you want to get into Paradox grand strategies but don't know where to start then this is the one for you! It's simple enough to pick up easily but deep enough not to be considered a glorified tutorial for the other games, yet it introduces you to the essentials of Paradox grand strategies. For me it was a gate way drug and now Paradox is one of my all time favourite game developers.

The downside. To be brutally honest after playing Crusader Kings II and Victoria II, among others, I don't see why a seasoned Paradox fan would buy this if they don't already own it. It brings nothing new to the grand strategy table. It was so good for me because it was my first expericence with the genre but if you know the genre already then there is little for you here. It's good, yes. But there are other Paradox games which are better (the aforementioned Crusader Kings II is my favourite so far).

Arbitrary numbers

For the uninitiated Paradox virgin: 8.5/10 (buy at any price)

For the Paradox veteran: 6.5/10 (buy at a reduced price)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
82 of 97 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2014
What you see is what you get. Due to lack of sales, PDS will not be working further on the game whatsoever. No updates or expansions. The game is very unfinished and very lacking of features you would expect in a Napoleonic War game. The way I see it as, is that it, like Sengoku, was a title intended to hold fans off while they make a big game.

I am sad to say there is no reason to get this game over Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Victoria II or the newly announced Hearts of Iron IV. This is coming from a huge fan of PDS.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
My previous review was the salty reaction to a save game gone horribly wrong. I am going to write an unbiased review now that I have a better understanding of this game.

WITH that being said, this game is still awful. It's a mini-game, a small sliver of a time period that you can actually enjoy in Paradox's flagship title, "Europa Universalis IV," with proper DLC. The difference is, you can enjoy many, many more hours of gameplay in EUIV than in this game. Reason being, is that you can actually play that game more than once and feel like you're having a different adventure each time. In this game, it's the same exact scenario every time; which would be okay if it was executed properly.

I'm a huge fan of most Paradox titles. This game, however, is a title I cannot recommend based on several factors.

- This game is very unfriendly to those who wish to play as a smaller nation.
- There is a very small selection of countries to play as (of course, unless you want to play as a puppet of France or Britain, but no matter who you play as that might as well be the case anyway.)
- There is not much to do except for watch France and Britain declare war on each other every five minutes.

Good things about this game:

- Combat! Yes, this game has a very good combat system. I was immensely impressed by how much depth there is to combat in this.
- Having a historical figure as menacing as Napoleon tormenting Europe. While this partially goes against what I wrote before, it is very engaging to try and create an army large enough to combat him, even if it is kind of impossible.
- It's true that this game feels like a mini-game, but from a certain point of view, for some players, that could be a good thing. Perhaps this game can be seen as a decent introduction to Paradox games for those who have never tried them before.

In conclusion, if you think the goods outweigh the bads, then it's worth trying out. Maybe you'll find enjoyment in this game. I personally don't recommend it because there are better alternatives and this game is very frustrating with the things it lacks.

I would also like to point out that a fine fellow politely informed me of something I was wrong about in my previous review. I had for whatever reason convinced myself (I am an avid lover of history, by the way) that this game did not in fact last the length of the Napoleonic era. That was wrong of me, and I must admit I do not know as much of the Napoleonic era as some do. But that's why we have peers! To point out when we are wrong and correct us in an ever so polite manner.

Thank you for reading, and please understand that the opinions expressed in this review are my own and you may have a completely different gaming experience than I had.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
That dirty old Napoleon was a true son of a ♥♥♥♥♥.

For a game to choose such a narrow slice of history, the Napoleonic Wars, and do it so well is truly a hidden gem among strategy games. With one exception , this is a game you can pickup quickly and move into battle / conquest mode with minimal reading / tutorials. The tutorials are there and cover every feature in detail should you need them.

Pick your country wisely when you play this game. Starting off on the wrong side will test your patience and mettle for battle. I started as Great Britain and ruled the seas...but those pesky French kept drawing my ships and transports into battle. I would end up winning but these spoiler attacks slowed me down a lot. Enemy AI is competitive at the strategic level and in combat.

The one daunting task is understanding the military units. You can make upwards of twenty different types of land combat units in MoE. TWENTY. Knowing the difference between a Marine brigade and a Dragoons brigade is a must. Knowing that armies, during that time, needed supply trains as much as they need fighting brigades is a must. Knowing how to position your troops and their fronts for maximum effect is a must. Put too many troops in a single front and you incur an attack penalty!

Given the narrow slice of history involved, MoE is probably a niche strategy game. Still, I'm very, very happy with my purchase. If you play Hearts of Iron III, Crusader Kings II, and / or EV IV, you should add this game to your collection.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Not worth the money. It's rather unlike Paradox to throw a game together and never fix any of it, which is exactly what they did here.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
This game is a straight forward no nonsense crash course armchair general. It is VERY addicting in short bursts.Imagine building a powerful nation in europa universalis and then duking it out with the great powers of the world.This game basically is on fast forward in managment and building and you will almost always be at war as france.

Good game but if you are hoping for in depth command like other paradox grand strategy.This is probably the lightest weight of them all.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
211.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
March of the eagles is a much more easier form of pardox's other grand stategy games.Its a intorduction to grand strategy games to pepole who are intrstend in grand strategy having more simplified elements of other parodox games.No matter what it is a extremely fun game and I highly advise you get it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
3.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
the gamespot review for this says that the purchase system is 'needlessly' complex and i gotta ask why. it's pretty damn simple, and for a paradox game, the UI isn't a headache to navigate.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
89.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
I really enjoyed this game (played it for 89.5 hours). It is a simple strategy/operational level game, but you have to think and build your units for tactical level warfare. I enjoyed trying to build the French armies as close to possible to the historical ones based on the various French Corps commanders. You do need to keep a standing army to watch your backside/coastal regions or the British will land behind you. I also built a reasonable capable French frigate fleet and denied the Med to the British, which helped. Watch out for diplomacy, know who is allied and protected by whom, and try to pick off any independents you find ASAP (though that makes everyone else like you less and less). Definitely worth it when it is on sale, for those who enjoy this sort of game. I was also able to mod it to add different units and to tweek the strength of certain units (after which they came out with the unit packs, British and French). The programmer even answered an email when I got stuck at one point trying to mod something. He has moved on to their later WW1 and WW2 games, but I was impressed.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
11.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
I bought this game a few days ago, and i have finished my first playthrough as France. Most of Europe is now French or French satellites kek.

The game itself is great, it is like a mix of Europa Universalis IV and Victoria II so if you like any of those two games you should definitely try this game out. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes strategy games (especially grand strategies) and to anyone who likes the Napleonic wars. It is pretty easy to learn how to play, unlike EU IV and Vic II though so it would not be hard for people who are new to grand strategy games. I got it on sale though, which i recommend you do too if you decide to buy it as i think the original price is a bit too expensive as the game is rather much shorter than other Paradox games as it only focuses on the Napoleonic wars. So to sum it up shortly: really fun game, very educational about the Napoleonic Wars, you get to play as any nation you want, but it is kind of short, that is the only con. Hopefully this review helped you :D
Helpful? Yes No Funny
13.1 hrs
Posted: September 5
It's good for what it is!
I prefer Victoria 2 over this (and all other Pdx' titles) and can also see why people think this game stands no chance against EU4.

However, March of the Eagles focuses on a rather short time period around the Battle of Waterloo 1815.
So don't expect too much!

So what is this game?
Maybe it doesn't convince as much in terms of Grand Strategy as other Paradox titles,
but it has a good potential and the military aspect is well done.

So the huge contra is that PDS simply abandoned this game and left it with all the flaws :-(
Helpful? Yes No Funny
17.8 hrs
Posted: September 1
Although I enjoyed the game, I would put a few disclaimers. First of all, I would only recommend this for the die hard fan of grand strategy games. Secondly, I don't know if I would get it at full price. It goes on sale often enough where you shouldn't have to wait terribly long. As many of the reviews say, there really is next to none content outside of war except for preparing for war which isn't terrible, it is just best not to expect anything else. Finally, it doesn't have the amount of replayability as other grand strategy titles. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I would only recommend it to those who love the genre and the developers.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Lord Admiral Burov
24.4 hrs
Posted: June 28
Quite interesting to cut the pie of Europe but it took me 24 hours to get fed up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
36.0 hrs
Posted: June 18
Recently I brought Ageods"Thirty year's War "and found the tutorial to be an untidy mess which I could not untangle thus rendering a reputedly good game completely unplayable to me. This is not the case with "March of Eagles", its tutorial is fine,clear ,go through it and you are up and underway,easy.I think some distance from playing well,in my case, but as noted before underway..But is the game itself any good? Is it better than " Napoleon Total War"? It's certainly good to play,and fun to work things out but I don't think it comes even close to Napoleon T.W... Ok the battles are just results,I think est la Victoria 2 would be much better. Watch your forces and the battles ebb and flow sort of thing,.This game does give you a good selection of forces to enlist.And you can allocate commanders and arrange your troops and fiddle and fart about messing with harbours, depots and pretty cool horse drawn supply wagons.That's very good,as is the music,and I rather like the map." March of Eagles" functioned perfectly in the 6 and a bit hours I've played it.No glitches or crashes..Everything is laid out to hand neatly,and the game bungs out wee alarums pretty regularly to players who are playing at easiest and are trying to hide out in the backwater that is The Ottoman Empire.
So, forget about the excellent other game by you know who,I shouldn't even have mentioned it ,this is a fine functioninable game in it's own right. It's good fun and plays well.Also at the moment it's cheap as.Recommended.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
8.1 hrs
Posted: June 15
A very bare bones game.
I bought this on sale for $5, and I still want my money back. This game has barely anything going for it and its normal price tag of $20 is absurd for the content available. Like most paradox games, you can play as any country. However, only a few of them are worth playing as, and you can't even win the game with most of them. There is little variety between countries other than starting position and a game can be finished in one sitting. So basically once you've beaten the game a couple times, you've gained the full experience it has to offer.
Really low quality by paradox standards, I would rather get castrated than buy this game again.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
8.6 hrs
Posted: June 14
Bought the game today, through the sale, per the recommendation of a friend who likes it. My understanding is the vanilla game has potential, but falls short in in delivering a total game. It leaves a lot to be desired. That said, my friend pointed me to the 1792 mod, which gives the game greater depth and historical accuracy, and, I must personally say, makes the game quite enjoyable. I particularily like the additon to the battles of giving you a "break-down", hour by hour, of major events that transpired that were instrumental to the engagement. Moreover, I like the aspect of adding wings to each army- each army has a left, center, right flank and reserve- and you can personalize that.
The game could be more robust in depth and options, but overall I give it a 7 out of 10.
Also, for the record, no crashes on my end.
Helpful? Yes No Funny