It is a time of war in Europe. Driven by new ideas of Enlightenment, the hearts of men and women across the continent are inflamed with dreams of freedom and glory. This is the moment for a military genius to forge himself a name to be remembered throughout all eternity. This is your moment.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (294 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2005
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“The turn-based portion of Imperial Glory is slow-paced, but enjoyable, as you try to conquer Europe.”
6.7 – GameSpot

“How could I ever refuse? I feel like I win when I lose.”
8.5 – IGN

“you're given the option of fighting the battle in exciting 3D-RTS-o-Vision.”
6 – http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/r_imperialglory_pc

About This Game

It is a time of war in Europe. Driven by new ideas of Enlightenment, the hearts of men and women across the continent are inflamed with dreams of freedom and glory. Antagonism between the Empires is at an all time high and war seems inevitable. Millions of men prepare for battle, while the finest strategists draw up their plans for the domination of Europe. This is the moment for a military genius to forge himself a name to be remembered throughout all eternity. This is your moment.

Key Features

  • Spectacular real-time 3D land and naval battles
  • Complex battlefields where units can gain higher ground, hide behind cover or use formations to their advantage
  • A comprehensive turn-based management model with over 50 provinces in Europe and North Africa

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
This is definitely worth $4.99. If you love strategy games, get this. Not the most graphically inpressive, but it's still a really fun game
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game came out just before Rome Total War did due to that it was kinda overshadowed by a popular AAA turnbased strategy game. The best way to sum this up is this is essentially Napoleon: Total War with Romes graphics. This has Naval battles, land battles, a tech tree, different approaches to diplomacy. You can peacefully annex entire countries if you play it right. If you can look past the 2005 graphics and the limited playable nations this is a great game and a welcomed unearthed relic thats been added to steam.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Definitely a classic stab at TBS and RTS by Eidos (those guys that did Praetorians). The gameplay is simpler than a total war game yet features an extensive research tree and exciting combat that, in my opinion, holds up even today. Austria is a total ♥♥♥♥ though. Always trying to defend Eastern Europe from my clutches... your time will come Austria! Your time will come O_O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cisuDhajQxg
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I really enjoy this game, you have to try to drive a warship awesome 9.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
As a lover of Total War series and other strategy games I can confirm I love this game!
It's cheap, it has great strategy RTS battles, it's quick, it can be very easy if you know how to handle it.
If you are a newbie, or if you want to discover the great world of strategic games, I recommend that you start with this game. It's easier than the others, it's fast, like, if you are in college or something and you don't really have time, a battle would take like 10-15 minutes, and it's very cheap. However it is old and some mecghanics are outdated but it's a really nice experience. So, let me finish, if you are a newbie and want to try Total War Napoleon, Empire, Rome, Shogun, or Men of War and Company of Heroes series, I'd suggest that you should try this game first. It's easy to understand, not very complicated. I rate this game 8/10 because it's old and because of the well known issues (bugs).
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Its a fun game but iit crashes sometimes and i cant finsh my conquering
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I have to say I love this game! If you have ever played old school strategy games its just like that. Its like Medieval one if you have ever played it. You get to play as five factions france,Britian,Prussia,Austria,Russia. there are many other smaller factions such as spain,ottomans,portugal,hanover,egypt,sweden and so on. I have to say though that I am kinda sad that you can't play as spain and the ottomans because they are two of the bigger small factions in the game. This game can be very hard in the early parts of the game because if you invade one of the smaller nations other nations will come in and fight you and you wont be able to hold all of them off because you don't have the military to fight them, So pick your battles carefully. The way you get allies is by throwing money at them and getting them into your alliance that way, Once you have reached 100% likeness then they will join your faction. they can get liberated by having a enemy nation take their capital back. The ingame battles are nothing to brag about, their okay but if you spam a lot of cav you will win the day, there still fun. The only thing that makes me mad is that I feel like the whole game is being rushed and that time flys way too fast! and smaller nations join bigger nations way too soon, but that is just what I think. I know that there is a bug where after you win a battle it crashes so I would look up the fix online before ♥♥♥♥♥ing about it here on steam. I would also like to say there are a few mods on the internet that help fix the OP militia who can just into hand to hand combat and destroy your whole army xD Other then a few of these things its a great game and I love it so much, I wish there was a world war one mod for this game because I feel like it would be so good. Last words though is this is totally worth the five dollars or less, Its like you got yourself a sub just try it out and see if you like it. But really someone make that mod idea, I will give you idea and ♥♥♥♥ just please....Someone take up the sword and do it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
The overall gameplay of this game is fantastic, a mix of strategy/politics with warfare. I would definitely recommend this game, BUT this game sometimes just randomly crashes for me at least. Right after an important battle, BAM it crashes. Just built a complex trading route? Crash. Negotiated a treaty with France? Crash. This made me paranoid about saving. There is an autosave feature, but it rarely ever saves on its own. I feel there are better games in this genre, but i got it on sale for 2 bucks, which is about a bottle of soda and a bag of chips. If you do decide to purchase this, be sure to save after everything you do.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Great fun
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is like a Baby's first Total War. Very good to spend an afternoon or two on.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Good campaing and nice battle strategies but bad sea battles
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
131.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This is basically Empires: Total War. I had never played any of the total war games until steam had a total war weekend, and although I definitely would choose to play a total war game before i'd choose to replay this one due to the wider maps and stronger gameplay, this game does not lag behind. I'm not sure who developed this, but when i play Total War Empires, there isnt a single element of the game that doesnt lead me to believe that Total war blatantly plagarized this entire game. For being made 3 years before Rome and about 6 years before Empires, Imperial Glory beat the Total War series to the punch in Naval RTS. I see no significant difference between the Naval element of this game vs Empires Total War's Naval battles, except maybe asthetics. Even at 5 bucks this is a bargain, but if u're pinching pennies, this goes on sale often at anywhere from .99 to 2.99.
Again, if ure a fan of the Total War games, grand and/or real time strategies, BUY THIS GAME.

Pros:
-Almost entirely Identical to total war empires minus injuh and amrika.
-Flawless integration of RTS in this Grand Strategy
-Fantastic Retail price
-up to 100, 12 turn years of game play
-Had Naval RTS 5 years before total war (Naval engine feels identical to that of Empires Total War)
-Graphics more than adequite
-Diplomacy is WAY more comprehensive than Total War games. In Total War Empires I felt like i could easily cheat the other nations with bribery and fake diplomacy. For instance, if i was at war with a nation, all it would take is a little cash to get a peace accord signed, which meant i could go and conquer a few territories of a nation and then afterwards i could get a peace treaty signed and keep the countries that i conquered, and generally, they wouldnt do ♥♥♥♥ about it as long as our diplomatic relations are set at "peace". In Imperial glory, I couldn't put anything past the AI and i had to genuinely practice good diplomacy to earn the trust of my fellow emperors, otherwise they reigned hell down on me. This, I think, is something Total war has never been able to master.
Cons:
-No india or america theatre
-RTS is somewhat limited by comparison to Total war, but not so much that u want to skip the battles. Here are my complaints of the RTS:
=limited map diversity
=less comprehensive defensive features
(The next one is sort of a pro as well)
=Occupation is a prolonged process. it takes many turns to annex a nation and requires a considerable amount of troops to do so. In retrospect, Total war adapted their own version of this by letting the people rebel throughout the game which i think makes it easier to play. So basically, this game is more challenging militarily speaking

EDIT
OH!!! and I have win 8.1 and it did crash a couple times, however the autosave is super frequent. i never lost my place the few times that it did crash, and furthermore, the crashes that i had in Total War weren't any less frequent. I've been reading a lot of the neg reviews, and it seems the only consistent complaints are the crashes. Seriously, dont let that prevent u from buying this game, especially if u like the Total war style grand/rt strategy genre at a really really really cheap price. Imperial Glory was the framework that TOTAL WAR based their games on. dont wait for the movie, read the book. Total war is the movie. Imperial Glory is the book.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Nice game
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Keeps crashing after i finish a battle, no updates to fix so no good rating...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Very hard but fun
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Awesome game!
10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Imperial Glory is one of the best RTS games i'd say, If you're a fan of games like Age of Empires or Divinity Dragon Commander or anything that's like that then this is your game.

For a game that's from 2005 it's still quite a blast, i'd play it for about 3-4 hours non stop and for a game like that, it's quite an achievement.

Alright i'll start by saying you need to play this game for ATLEAST more than 5 hours to COMPLETELY understand how much content it has, at first it does indeed look ugly and really half-♥♥♥♥♥ with it's fair share of bugs but it's really fun, though one of the really annoying things is you can only play as one of 5 europian powers, and there's about 15 or more civils so it feels like that's been completely ignored or just rushed at devoloupment.

Anyways you have two ways to play the game, A "Total Victory" type of campaign where you HAVE to unite the entire map, as in just fight every single dude who says no, or just buy every single country (except for capitals which you can't buy :<) till you get the entire world in your hands, or a "Score Victory" where you just have to get the most score. (just build build build and spam peace everywhere.) and the other way is to play one of the four battles that are all related to France and Napoleon at the early 1800's which is a bit of a shame really.

The "Total Victory" is pretty much the best way to play the game, it has the most content and would take you about 15-25 hours to complete atleast one campaign with that way.
Since it's the best way i'll start by explaining it, first off you pick your civil, then you have one of three ways to completely dominate a country/civil, One way is just buy everything they have till they only own their capital, Then just invade that. There's also a "Peaceful" way to completely annex them via just building newspaper offices and consolates and loads of other buildings to force them to like you all the way till they give you everything they have (units - land - resources) This way is gonna cost you ALOT but it's really worth it, and of course it's worth it later on since you get like 4000 gold each turn which is abit overpowered but still is fair since you really need gold at all times along with other resources. Third way is to go with a large army with/without help of anyone else and just try to completely destroy your enemy, I'd go with peaceful since the A.I generates a big army in somewhat of a short while.

Now i would NEVER recommend speedrunning this game as it's also kind of impossible, i'd say just try to get as many allies as you can and build a strong civil.
At first gameplay feels abit slow and also earning resources is abit slow but you quickly improve yourself same as the A.I.
Also the A.I devoloups quickly same as you and it fights somewhat good in battles it feels like you're not fighting an A.I, still you can get an edge over it so i'd say that's good enough.

So i said alot of things and overall the game is really good but let's start talking about the bugs and the annoying things that we all hate.
First off like i said above ^ the first things you notice is there's not that many battles and or ways to play the game which feels like the just rushed it and also you can't play as every single civil.
And when i said map/world map, the world isn't complete. It's mainly europe and north africa and west asia so it's really not that much, and there's not that much attention to detail, ottoman empire has just 3 territories and all of them are REALLY large, then next to it is just Egypt which feels like there could be way more attention to detail there.
Also when the A.I hates you, they literally hate you, they'll completely deny EVERY single political related crap you send except for improving relations with SO many resources or buying territory/land from them which also feels like they lacked detail there.

Anyways to just not make this longer, Overall the game is great for a 2005 one, If it's under $10 i'd say it's a must own but more than that then it's not worth it unless it gets updated and adds more polish and attention to detail. (mind you the high/ist resolution is 1024x768) so i'd give it a 7/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
play this game for 10 hour
and i can say, if you hardcore strategy gamer
you must play this game, because this game is awesome
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101 of 113 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
the game is a real gem. In my humble opinion its one of the best strategy games ever made. just ignore the metascore. many german magazines rated it higher than rome 1.
and i dont understand why people here think this game is simple. it is actually pretty complex and provides loads of statistics and data to the player - some of it maybe a bit "hidden" for the superficial players. like already mentioned, the land battles can be very challenging, even for experienced armchair-generals -but i dont consider this to be a bad thing...at all. Also this game had sea battles long before the tw-series and they still look fantastic. but the best thing about this game is still the music. especially the tracks that play during the map-mode are incredibly beautiful. check this one out guys, you won't regret it. for 3 euros its a steal.
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96 of 125 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
this game is like a simpler version of total war. that being said, give this game credit. the graphics and battlefields are, in my opinion, better than empire, and the battles are much harder. cavalry is much more realistic and can tear your lines to shreads and wreak havoc, and the lines arent much easier. i think this game is definately at total wars level and can compete with the big dogs if it wants. well worth the money
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