Real-Time Strategy Game. Guide your nation through the most violent era in modern history. Play massive campaigns as one of the principal nations, set-piece scenarios of famous battles, or set your own victory condition and play as any nation in the world in Sandbox mode.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (179 reviews)
Release Date: May 9, 2014

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January 17

Supreme Ruler 1936 Update 8.3.26 Released

BattleGoat Studios is pleased to provide a new Update for Supreme Ruler 1936.

These new features are all available in Supreme Ruler Ultimate, and are part of our commitment to "push back" updates to SR1936 when possible.

Changes in this Update:

Version 8.3.26

  • Slight fix to firing missiles from air proxy (inherit proxy from plane)
  • Support Govt / Support Opposition now also influences belli values (both ways)
  • -- (Effect is stronger if acting region has good treaty & WM approvals)
  • Adjustments to AI Ruler consideration of hostile action in high volatility
  • Resolved rare crash when zoomed in to top of map north/west of Alaska
  • Resolved Air Transport compiler bug, again (hopefully for good)
  • 1941 starting known designs updated
  • Support for multiple AIParams files
  • Alert message list now has game option to sort ascending (My Options - General)
  • Fixed support for alterante region names
  • Map fixes Bulgaria/Romania for '36 through '41 maps
  • Burma Flag fixed, Mod flag for Facist France added
  • GUI fix, expense report tooltip, overdraft interest charge reported
  • Research Expense report fixed
  • Events improved for '40 and 41 start Sandboxes including Bessarabia, Second Vienna and Treaty of Croiva
  • Tech Tree minor update, some dead end techs removed/remapped
  • Equipment file, tech prereq fixes, Obsolete date adjustments
  • Equipment file, Italian Carrier-based aircraft for 1942 and 1945
  • Equipment file, minor fixes to unit stats
  • Removed IDLE from Espionage choices
  • Starting Domestic Approval fixed for 1940, 1941 Maps (esp Germany/Italy)
  • Social Services (safety net) spending no longer increases GDP
  • Birth Rate and Immigration fixed for high GDP regions
  • Petrol is now consider a consumer good as well as a military good for Minister Priorities
  • Individual Bond controls added to Treasury Minister panel
  • "No Sphere" lobby option added to Scenario / Engine support
  • Resolved compiler optimization issues: Air Transport bug & Merge Crash
  • User Interface fixes
  • New equipment meshes
  • Conditional Event changes and additions
  • Minor optimization improvements
  • Resolved rare crash when zoomed in to top of map north/west of Alaska
  • Map fixes
  • Order of Battle / Equipment Fixes
  • Strategic Targeting fixes for minor regions
  • Corrected Victory Condition filtering/functions to match maps
  • 1940 Sandbox/Campaign fixes to represent final days of Operation Weserübung (Norway)
  • Events fixes in the ’36 and ’40 maps

Thank you for your continued support of Supreme Ruler !

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“Supreme Ruler 1936 gets all the basics right ... a solid, rewarding game for strategists who aren’t afraid of a challenge.”
3.5/5 –

“No other World War II—or any global war strategy game—can match the excitement of the series”
85% – Armchair General

“A Conqueringly good WWII Strategy Game ... brilliant diplomacy interface, tough AI and historical accuracy ... Supreme Ruler 1936 is a huge success.”
4.5/5 – Game Industry News

About This Game

Supreme Ruler 1936 is Real Time Geo-Political/Military Strategy Game for PC (and soon Mac). Take control of a nation in the World War II era and guide it through a significant Military Campaign, or attempt one of many Set-Piece Historical Scenarios. Players can also customize their play experience with the Sandbox Mode and play as any Nation with their own preferred Victory Condition.

  • Play Multiple Campaigns from either the Axis or Allied perspective.
  • Take Control of any Nation in Sandbox Mode and impact the outcome of the era.
  • Challenge yourself with Historical Scenarios for a faster-paced gameplay experience.
  • The butterfly effect... Influence the timeline and outcome of thousands of historical events.
  • Use Diplomacy, Trade, Espionage, and Intimidation to influence the policies of other nations.
  • Research new Technologies to give your nation a significant military advantage.
  • Modernize your economy to support whatever social and military policies you choose.
  • Sophisticated Real-Time Strategic and Tactical Control of your Military Forces.
  • Detailed historically-accurate armies down to the Battalion level.
  • Choose your level of control. Make all decisions or use your Cabinet Ministers to help.
  • Battle the elements! Fully integrated weather model influences battlefield outcomes.
  • Significant graphic improvements to 3D terrain and Graphic User Interface
  • Up to 16 players in Multiplayer over local network or Internet

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/Nvidia/Intel DirectX 9 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Screen Resolution: 1440x900 or higher
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI/Nvidia/Intel DirectX 9 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
> Start a trade agreement with Argentina.
> Some time later, Argentina starts default on its debt.

10/10 for the realistic financial representation
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I have a decent computer, more than capable of running this and this game still lags when scrolling or zooming on the map. Seriously, I told the developers about this while it was in Early Access. They said they were looking into it, I waited patiently for it to appear in the patch notes. Never did. The graphics are not 2014 quality, hell C&C looks better than this and that came out over 7 years ago! I asked them during development if the textures would change, they said the game isn't finished yet. They didn't do anything to textures what so ever. The tutorial is vague which makes it very difficult to play. Upon researching what the hell went wrong I found that all the games in this series are literally a copy and paste. The developers most likely put absolutely no effort into this. Take this as you will, but believe me you will find more joy in Civ 5 or AoW3 and possibly even RoN.

And to the developers I hope you don't block, flag or delete this like other developers have been doing. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and have the right to express how they feel about a game. I tried to like this game I honestly did, the problems were just too glaring. If I could get a refund I would.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I have many hundreds of hours into SR 2020 from before the time of Steam.
I have bought 2 of the newer versions of Supreme Ruler on Steam... Cold War and 1936. Both of which seem to be unfinished versions of the same game they continue to re release every few years with a new and improved version. Ultimate being the newest version.

Is the game bad? No... but it will leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth when you realize the limitations of the game and the seemingly lack of desire of the devs to actually make the game work like it should.

If you have never played a Supreme Ruler game then the newest version might not be too bad of an investment... but dont be bitter when they decide to make Super Ultimate version and leave your copy unfinished and unsatisfying because alienating their community for a few extra bucks seems to be their thing.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
You can play as any country in the world in one of the most bloody periods in history.This game does not have any servers for multiplayer though so you need to use websites like hamachi for multiplayer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
300.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
9/10 Highly addictive, and viable real time alternative for games such as civ series.

No gripes other than micro managing individual units is hard (i hate the initiative system) especially for strategic bombers, nukes and naval asssets.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
All is well and good the only thing that is bad is the supplies, no matter how much i try the oil and supplies run out!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
50€ well spent

Great job, Herman
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I love the game :D!
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332 of 431 people (77%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
I hate to "hate" on an otherwise good game, but it's such a HUGE part of WWII, that without it, this is way off from being Grand Stratagy. The tech tree is good, battles are a little boring, but all in all, good. There is NO supply chain though. There is for your forces on the ground (local level), but not in the big picture (country level). When Germany needs more oil, it can just get it instantly from Mexico, or anyone else who will sell it to them. Like wise, the German U-boats serve no real purpose (the Battle for the Atlantic doesn't exist) as you can't sink cargo ships and attack convoys as they don't exist. There is no real point to having/building/researching any submarines as they pretty much ineffective in game. But this single point is a show stopper for me.

Update to this from Battlegoat:

"While Supreme Ruler 1936 simulates the wide span of WWII, like other games of the genre we have strengths and weaknesses to what we can simulate in high detail. Naval is currently not a "specialty" of SR1936, though we do have every intention of continuing to improve this area.

-- George / BattleGoat."

From page 2 of the descusion from link:
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101 of 121 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
They've been releasing the 'Supreme Ruler' title ever since 1983 and the original Z-80/DOS version. That version is the only one they've ever finished. SR 1936 here was 'fully released and finished' just a couple months ago (summer 2014) and in many peoples opinions is far from finished. Not to worry though, they've already got SR Ultimate on Early Release.. this'll be about the 5th iteration of the title and just as unlikely to be actually a finished game as the others.
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176 of 235 people (75%) found this review helpful
91.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013

I love this game, I stumbled upon it years back now and I was so happy to find it. The game is very In depth and is the type of game where you can do anything you want in the game. There is alot to it so take your time but you can learn it. Not everyone is goin to like it, but if you like strategy games, like C&C or othe planetary control type games this is what you have been waiting for, I mean everything from government control, resource management and development, diplomacy, trading, military, soical spending, space race, researching units and tech on huge tech tree of detail and scale and to top it off, you can be any country in the world from the small island nations to the USA, China, Russia, France, and England - and there resepcted colonies of the time, also there is many other small and medium sized countires which are independent and playable from a very unique perspective. Military production and personell are under your direct control or you can let the AI do the work, you have a load of options on how they approach through user controlled to cpu/minister control also there is options for how agressive and how many casualities you should sustain during battle. There is setup-up options galore for the map, you can win by economic, military, sphere, complete and many more options so the game is playable at many angles and replayable (try being Ireland, Liberia, Haiti, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and more) Also the historically acurate points of hisotry will/should kick in i.e. 1939 invasion of Poland, Austrian takeover, Rhineland re-occupy, Invasion of france and Russia, now For military building and deployment there is a very thorough and detailed unit line up with historically accurate units of the period army, navy, airforce.

check out my youtube intro video :

If you like hearts of iron 3 - this is a shoe in and I personally prefer it over HOI

This is a very detailed game - and it is not a resource hog untill mass units (keep fog of war on) -

Great Value at $30.00

It's in beta and this is just the beginning so Its only going to get better, with your constructive involvement with the fourms.

Live Long, For give me 100,000 men and I shall conquer the world.
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91 of 120 people (76%) found this review helpful
202.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
I stumbled upon Supreme Ruler 2010 years ago and ever since then I have been hooked on the Supreme Ruler series. Having played the previous titles and almost 60 hours of 1936 I can say the game is great so far even with the current beta issues. The issues which are to be expected as the game is still in beta do render the game unplayable and require you to start over but when the issues’ happen you can report them and usually find a way to avoid it in the next game until a patch is released. I myself have reported a few issues and made a few suggestions all of which the developers took note of and added to their system. The gameplay in of itself can seem overwhelming to new players but if you spend the time learning to manage your economy, military, technology and diplomatic relations you will find the game very rewarding and challenging. My favorite aspects about the Supreme Ruler 1936 excluding the gameplay right now would have to be the ability to mod the game, the ability to communicate directly with the developers, the amazing community, and the lack of any anti-piracy system screwing up or limiting my ability to enjoy the game.
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86 of 114 people (75%) found this review helpful
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
supreme ruler 1936 is a rough gem, i would recommend it to people who love RTT games like command and conquer.

the good;
-extended tech tree with technologies and units that go to around 2150.
-good simple and very functional economy, though it takes a while to understand it.
-good logistics system that may be a little obscure to understand

the bad;
-unit controls, it still suffers badly from a lack of good management option for your units, your battlegroups are overly simplistic and it can take hours to create a functional OOB for a major nation only to see it destroyed within a few days of combat as the units throw themselves away against entrenched defenders one by one.
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77 of 103 people (75%) found this review helpful
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2014
The Supreme Ruler series is one of the best grand strategy games you can find on Steam.

I started out with Supreme Ruler 2020 and played the hell out of it before and even after the Gold version came to Steam. With Supreme Ruler 1936 you not only get a better optimezed engine that can handle even more units and events than the previous one, but you get a time period that is extremely interesting to play in the Grand strategy scenario.

While the game might not look like much (graphics wise), it makes up for it with its superb and in-depth gameplay. You are the ruler of a nation, you take all the important decisions and even command your troops into battle as you take the territory of your enemy bit by bit.

What I like about this game compared to other Grand Strategy games is that while it is hex based, the style in which your units or the enemy units capture a territory is shown in a more interactive way making it feel like your actions truly have a great impact on the world.

The tech tree is also something to be amazed of, each tech you unlock as you progress through the years has a significant impact on the game and how you play the game and if you are able to survive the onslaught of enemies.

The economy is also complex and at times quite hard to manage, luckily the difficulty level can be adjusted to give new players an easier start on managing their resources. The buildings you can construct to help your economy range from simple wood managing complex to uranium mines. The economy also plays an important role on your armies, without petroleum your units will not move, without ammunition they will not fire, without construction materials you will not be able to build new structures and without food your population and army reservers will die.

The game is a must own to all Grand Strategy players, the game not only offers a singleplayer campaign and different skirmish / scenarios to play but also a multiplayer mode where you can fight with other players that control their own nations in real time.
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90 of 126 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
200.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
Stalin Reviews: Supreme Ruler 1936 is a game that I wanted to get for a while, but its 30 dollar price tag made me have doubts about getting it. One day after a day of ruling USSR I decided I should get it. It turned out to be one of the best games I have EVER played. Yes there are some VERY VERY VERY annoying bugs (I.E. Units wont do what you tell them to do) But once the game works it is a amazing. I played as my country, the USSR and I can tell you it was a expirance unlike anyother. Taking over all of europe then attacking America? It was amazing, Challening, and it feels good to see your super nation take over everything. 95/100 Recommended To Everyone.
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
The game isvery unique and very in-depth however there are just a few things i can't deal with while playing it.

- Tons of bugs and crashes; be prepared.
- Few updates. They made this game and updated it a little and now they are working on supreme ruler *ULTIMATE* which they ask another 30$ for. So don't expect ♥♥♥♥ to change unless you buy the new game which may or may not carry all the bugs and crashes with it.
- Ai is dumb. If you like to micro some parts of your country and let the ai do the rest you will get screwed. Expecially if your ai control your military. They will suicide ships and ♥♥♥♥.
- Diplomacy is really bad. Ai will spam you the same trade offer multiple times even though you decline it. Also, trading is unfair.
- The speed meter thing is really bad. If you get like a year into the game the fastest speed lags and becomes really slow. Give it a few more years and it'll slow down to be unplayable. Even with a really good computer don't expect anything different.
- Going back to the ai being dumb, don't expect them to be challanging.

I can't recommend this game because it feels like an early access game. Also I feel jipped that they released this game gave it a few ♥♥♥♥♥♥ updates then went off to make another game. I also own Supreme ruler 2020 and I do not recommend that either. If you go off to buy the ultimate version expect it to be unfinished and buggy too.

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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
112.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
So far, I think you guys are definitely heading in the right direction :) I have loved and enjoyed playing all of your previous supreme ruler games and this doesn't let up at all. In fact, this is my favorite time period so I was very happy you guys decided to start at 1936 :) I hope one day, and yes I am thinking far ahead but I can dream, that you make a world war 1 scenario or maybe a world war 1 expansion/dlc. Of course I understand that won't be for a year or more but I think the mechanics of this game would also work really well for world war 1. The OOB structuring for this game can be very complicated and I just wish you made the whole set up a bit easier. Maybe a whole new interface option to organize all of your units better. I would also like to see more scripted events and will you be adding anymore historical units such as the nkvd, imperial guard, ss, etc...?

Another good idea would be giant infrasctucture projects like the five year plan that the soviets had with the farm collectivisation. This could add more economy to your nation before 1939 that otherwise you might not get right and screw up very easily and then have to start over. Most players will be new and even the old ones like me still are learning from this game. It would be nice to get a little help in the scenarios. The autobahn could be a major project that would cost a certain amount of money to build a unique road in germany that gives really fast movement for their troops that no other nation has. This will give them the advantage that they had back then. The giant steelworks projects and farm collecting the soviets did could also have an event that adds a lot of farms in ukraineand metal mines back by the urals. Also, Japan building the yamamoto. You can have an option to build it but it would put a big strain on the economy althought you would have the best and biggest battleship in the pacific til the end of the war practically. England can get the option to build an intelligence center which has the ability to crack german codes which would slow your overall tech research down to gain the best counterintelligence/espionage of any nation. It will also have options to boost your spying capabilities. Amrerica can obviously get massive industrial, consumer, and military supplies production. You can go to a lot of areas with this idea. I think it would really add more uniqueness to the major sides than it already has.

My final say. THUMBS UP. It is in good working condition right now. Anything from here on out is just adding more to an already working game. So come join the community and play and help make it even better. They need new ideas like how I mentioned a ww1 scenario and also more scripted events that could add unique unit as well as certain PROJECTS that nations will be allowed to do :)
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
This is a definate improvement when you compare previous games from our friends at Battlegoats.

If you have played previous games will not blow you away but you will enjoy a more polished gaming experience.

Battlegoat is definatly moving in a promising direction. I will continue to invest in them and you should too :)

Well done!
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
This game has a lot of potential! It runs much more smoothly than other Supreme Ruler games, Although my only problem was that the GUI when playing in-game was a little too big for me. Although other than that the game is just fantastic!
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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
If you like Hearts of Iron, Europa universalis, Victoria games You will probably like Supreme Ruler 1936 too. The game has some annoying bugs/features but overall it is worth the money. 9/10
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