“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.
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Release Date: Feb 18, 2013

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“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

    Minimum:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A really enjoyable entry-point to the Grand Strategy genre. This game strips away all the complexities of economies, nation-development, and internal affairs; and leaves you with just the utter fun of War, War and more War. Outmaneuver England as Napolean and march on London; Put your skills of timing to the test as Prussia or the Ottomans. This game is excellent for beginners, but will keep veterans enjoying it for hours on end.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
I would give a positive review for just about any Paradox title (yes, including Victoria II and Hearts of Iron III, as buggy as they may be), but this is a title I simply cannot baby for its mistakes.

To get one thing off the board immediately, I would NEVER recommend without this mod: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/669074

The reason for suggesting that mod is that it takes you, instead, back to pre-Napoleon era just prior to when he became First Consul, thus there is more time to play and less satellites of France (aka more countries to play as). Plus, the mod offers new technology and an uncommon chance to gain cores on conquered provinces--thus the freedom to build units/ships there.
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That being said, I cannot recommend the game in its vanilla state for reasons of simplicity. This game wins favorable points for its astounding combat system; I absolutely love watching battles go on, regardless of the size, and what the generals can make of situations. ...which brings me to my first issue: Generals. Some countries get an abundant amount of generals, receive a few, and some receive NONE. You have to give me credit, I pulled off a save as Egypt where I conquered all of Africa, Spain, and the Ottoman Empire; easier said than done when you only have ONE general and NO admirals to work with. In this sense, the game's only friendly toward countries like France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia. Fair enough, those countries are the center of attention, but I shake my head at the disallowed freedom to TRY and rise up as a lesser power.

For me, quite a significant issue is the lack of countries that can be freed; specifically, countries like Scotland, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, etc. do not exist in the game, so they may not be liberated. AT THE VERY LEAST, Norway couldn't have been made available to liberate? Why not!? I don't give a horse's ♥♥♥ if "Norway didn't exist until 1905"; this is a game of imagination and 'what ifs'. If as France I wage war on Denmark, conquer Norway; I want the freedom to pretend that as part of the terms of peace I'm enforcing, I insist on a "Norwegian Norway". If conquering everything is how I'm going to play the game I'd just go play a more amateur title, like Supreme Ruler; I expect much more from my all-time favorite development studio.

Lastly, let me argue that the coalition system is confusing beyond comprehension (at least to me). Yes, the coalition leader must subsidize its members, but even so, if I'm at 200+ relations with France and in a PERFECT geographic and militaristic position to strike an enemy, why is Napoleon so anal on letting me in? I wish I could have a summary of reasons returned to me like in most other Paradox titles. In this sense, getting a coalition invitation is like a surprise birthday gift to me; only that I most often decline when I do receive an invite on the grounds that I'm unprepared for war.

Overall, I admit, I am almost on the fence on this one. With the mod posted above, I would recommend this game for one gold reason:

March of the Eagles may be overpriced, amateurish (compared to other titles), and essentially a mini game title. Be that as it may, it is a SUPERB game to gift a friend who's new to grand strategy titles. Want someone to start playing EUIV/CKII/Vicky with you but they're unsure of whether they want to buy such expensive titles? Send them this way, this will give them an idea of what to expect in the better titles.

Treat this game like a mini game title or "get to know Paradox" game for newcomers. Admittedly, $60 for the 4-Pack doesn't sound that bad, if you have 4 people you'd like to trick into the unresistable allure that is grand strategy.

Criticize, debate, ask, praise, as you desire.
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160 of 186 people (86%) found this review helpful
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.
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66 of 75 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!

Diplomacy:
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.

Combat/War:
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.

Graphics:
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.

Sound/Music:
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.

Conclusion:
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)
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