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.
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Release Date: May 9, 2014

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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

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
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374 of 479 people (78%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
101.9 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:

UPDATE OCT 20, 2016
I realize this is way late and likely to not be read, but I wanted to write it anyway.

It seems there is some serious issues with balance and economy in the game. Unemployment goes down and never comes back. (I know low unemployment is typicaly a good thing, but too low means you have no workforce to work if you build anything).

I played a game as Brazil and after taking over most all of S. America by 1947, my UnEmpl. is 2.1% and never recovering despite growing in pop by over a million a day due to to immagration.
Details on this here:
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127 of 153 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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183 of 245 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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94 of 124 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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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
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.
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77 of 105 people (73%) 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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49 of 60 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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86 of 120 people (72%) found this review helpful
111.7 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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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
591.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
What els can I say? You can invade the world as the nazis, colonize Europe and manage to actually beat the USSR. You can beat the Americans to the nuclear bomb, be the first into space, make the internet and land on mars! You can also mod the game and have a modern world or a fictional one. {THIS IS THE SHORT REVIEW}


The AI has been improved A LOT compared to the 2020 AI and Cold War AI. Still has the bugs and Frame Rate problems, but eh, it's a good game.

The military system is good and your ministers tend to send random units to Siberia, where they will stay there for the rest of the game, unsupplied. But if get far enough with tech and get some decent supply planes, then bobs your uncle. But the unit would be a T-26 and useless.

The supply system isn't that great, I prefer the 2020 one. I don't have 2020 in my steam games, because I bought it off Amazon and I put over 500 hours into 2020 and I loved the supply system. The supply system in 2020 was really... well, just put a few supply depots around the country and build some roads and most of your country will be supplied really well. It's a different story in 1936, it doesn't spread as well as it did in 2020.

Every game has their cons, even a game like this that I play a lot. The tutorial isn't really helpful, it's complicated, doesn't really explain much and just a mind boggle really. It's like they translated the tutorial from Russian to German to Arabic and then back to German and then English. So I suggest watching people play the game or you can just go exploring the game yourself.

The game feels like it's not finished and the AI still isn't amazing. Battlegoat are trying tho and I hope they spend a few years on making the new Supreme Ruler so they can really improve the AI and improve the FPS and reduce the lag. (And I like the graphics the way they are)

The economic system is meh, but I hate it when the ministers try lowering the taxes on the resources to 0%, so you have lock them out of it and when you lock a minister from the resources, you lock them from trading. Yes, you can trade on the world market manually, but you have to keep an eye on the prices too see if they go down or up. And oil in this game, the production of oil is so small. You have to literally spam oil derricks until you get arthritis so you can be self-sufficent in petrol.

Even with all the bugs this game has, it's still fun and good. Deserves more attention for it to be a great game. I already got 4 people into the game they got more people into the game.The game is good for wasting time, playing with friends and Role Playing. I suggest getting modes for it, because it can get boring playing the same scenario.

I rate this game a 7/10 Please share the Supreme Ruler series with your friends and guide them to be world dominators so they can teach others.
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34 of 50 people (68%) 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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172.0 hrs
Posted: August 19
I loved this game when I first got it but when I got cold war... It started black screening and I couldnt play it anymore...
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55.2 hrs
Posted: August 10
Ruined by the combat mechanic or lack of. An otherwise good game is simply ruined by the combat. There's no strategy involved, simply drag a box around your units and order them to attack somewhere. Every video posted is simply drag a box around everything and attack some country. The series is in a bad need of a combat overhall, some hierarchy structure is needed and I'd suggest unit cards similiar to hearts of iron using either icon or nato symbols. Can't recommend the game until the combat is overhauled, which I doubt we will see as BG keeps trying to milk the cow doing the same thing game after game. It's a shame because supreme ruler (all of them) could have been so much more if it only had more strategical combat.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
impossivel de jogar ..jogo muito pesado e lagado
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515.9 hrs
Posted: July 25
It needs. Mods?
Great game. My favorite of its type.
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{TR} Reynaldo
40.6 hrs
Posted: July 17
-Veteran of Supreme Ruler Cold War and decided to tear ♥♥♥♥ up in the Second World War
-Choose France, because they're awesome
-Like to live dangerously, so set world volatility for "very high"
-Two weeks into 1936, both Germany and Italy declare war on me and numerous other nations.
-Instant two front war
-Decide to fight Germany in a defensive war while I take out Italy.
-It works. French soldiers storm Rome and troops are redirected to the stalemate going on at Alsace-Lorraine.
-The soldiers, being French, didn't help at all.
-Statemate battle goes on for three months
-Germany's soldiers suddenly disappear and are assumed to have killed themselves
-French soldiers with no resistance take Berlin.
-As a result of long war, economy is on the brink of collapse
-Spend three years trying to fix it
-Become best friends with Poland
-USSR declares war on me, Finland, China, and Poland at the same time
-French troops called to action once more
-Spend 6 months fighting to Moscow where a massive battle takes place.
-Lose 200,000 soldiers in four days
-Troops storm Moscow, USSR surrenders and is partitioned.
-France rules Germany, Italy, and parts of the Soviet Union with Poland, China, and Finland
12/10 would defy WW2 again
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58.0 hrs
Posted: July 10
Great Britian Took over all most all of eastern europe and took moscow after germany declared war on poland.

10/10 would see GB back stab france and destroy germany
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Rainbow Stalin ☭
14.4 hrs
Posted: June 30

Incomplete, many historical errors, no faction-playing, completely directed at playing with Germany, and a very bad concept in general.

There is no important pros in this game.
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a team killer
11.9 hrs
Posted: June 29
at first they united with austria again but i did not speak up for i believed in peace for our time
then they annexed the sudetenland but i did not speak up for he claimed he was protecting the germanic people there
then they took the rest of czechoslovakia but i did not speak up for i believed we secured peace for our time
then they invaded poland so i declared war but poland fell
then i waited a long time thinking they werent gonna fight
then they went for my neighbours but i did not help
then they went for me and THE ♥♥♥♥ING ANGLO LEFT ME
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165.8 hrs
Posted: June 17
its a very good game. i think people should stop looking at it for its bugs or problems and start looking at the good points.
1st: it has a very detailed hex map, most games like HOI4 would have provinces the equivellant of 7 hex's together.
2nd: the economy management is very detailed
3rd: research&development goes from 1914 to the future. which is an impressive amount of effort, that needs to be awarded
4th: there is no restrictions to whatever you want to do, for example you could backstab your allies, demand 1billions worth of goods from your allies and pay only like a couple hundred million
5th: it simulates how your millitary performs, affects your evonomy. like if you have built too much units, the maintanance will take up your profits, and if you increase taxes, your gdp will slow down increasing/ start to go down.
6th: infrastructure is physical and can be seen whereas in HOI4, its just a value in its condition, so like if i wanted my enemy to lose all i have to do is bomb their land production.
7th: interesting things happen, random events happen to different countries. on one of my saves, america went into a 97 billion dollar debt, another one japans mainland got invaed by china, another one romania invaded russia while germany only pushed at infantry speed. another, finland gained ground on england, ireland took back the north (but later lost though, sad), america invaded all of the american continent, england became facist, south africa became facist, hungary invaded yugoslavia. and to be honest it gets interesting as time goes on, all of the above in the 7th category are from sandbox though.
8th: russia invaded germany(me) and i built a wall to keep them out, but they went around it, invading hungary, romania, italy and went through the austrian-italian border to get to me.

1st: files go corrupt
2nd: there is only 1 explosion animation
3rd: at about 1940-50 you cant keep up with the demand for consumer goods and eventually you have to buy them, then a bit more, then alot, and then youve no money to buy them.
4th: countries dont send you help, but if your lucky youll get that 1, ww1 infantry that gets blown up before it can touch the enemy
5th: if your not a middle eastern country or romania, or russia, say gg to getting oil.
6th: austria doesnt agree to the annexation thing, as far as i know it wasnt an invasion by germany but a contract handing austria to germany.(sandbox)
7th: japan loses the chinese war (sandbox)

a gernerally good game, i give it a 9/11, i would only be able to keep playing if my saves would not corrupt themselves
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A.Wнιтe Gнosт
73.2 hrs
Posted: April 14
This game is one of the most complex strategy games I've ever played. I mean, I needed 12 hrs. of playtime only for the Tutorial. *lol*

Supreme Ruler 1936 is a global political-warfare simulation that begins in early 1936 and can be played into the 2070s. Yes, the 2070s. That is when the tech tree runs out. You can literally start the game with biplanes, and end up fighting with Mechs. You have the ability to play as any major or minor power, with thousands of possible unit designs to select from. Complex economic system and technology tree. You can choose between 54 different countries in the sandbox modus. World Ruler with Liberia? No problem in this game. xD

Gameplay is fairly simple; it is basically a RTS (Real Time Strategy) game. Controls are standard for most RTS games—the ability to select large numbers of units at once, and other basic RTS controls. Furthermore, selections can be screened for specific unit types (air, naval or land) allowing for mass movement of forces. Land units are further divided in general categories—artillery, infantry, transport, armor, etc. Technology is fairly straightforward. Some can be traded or bought from other countries, while some have to be researched by each country individually and are non-tradable. Diplomacy is fairly detailed, with a wide variety of agreements possible, but given the scope of the game can be somewhat odd at times.

The combat system in SR36 is really the shining achievement of the game. “Chaos” perhaps describes it best—explosions, units advancing and retreating, the roar of naval gunfire, strafing aircraft, often at the same time. Units have detailed statistics outlining everything from their defense rating to weapons ranges.

Supreme Ruler 1936 is an unique game and if you like detailed warfare strategy games then try it out!
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