Solve the mystery surrounding the 8th Wonder of the World with your heroes and banish evil from the Earth! Play this RTS-Classic.
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Mostly Positive (62 reviews) - 77% of the 62 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 26, 2015

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Cultures - 8th Wonder of the World takes place some years after the end of Cultures - Northland. The renowned hero Bjarni and his friends, retired after their last adventure and enjoyed their day-to-day lives. This peace was not meant to last as one day the powers of darkness and evil slowly began spreading all over the world. The greatest heroes of the past were summoned. The people cried out to our friend Bjarni, who immediately set out to save mankind from the clutches of doom and misfortune once again. The destiny of Bjarni’s people, and with them the destiny of all humanity, now lies in your hands. You must solve the mystery surrounding the 8th Wonder of the World with your heroes and banish evil from the Earth!

  • Three difficulty levels that make the game fun for anyone from strategy novices to battle hardened veterans.
  • Explore unknown territories and establish trade routes with other tribes.
  • Watch as your inexperienced fighters grow into fearless heroes of great renown.
  • Solve a number of challenging quests and adventures and meet old friends and enemies.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 382 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 382 MB available space
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
I loved this game as a kid and can happily say this release works perfectly. It supports modern HD resolutions (up to 1080) and I had no problem running the game. The fps is still low which is understandable for a 2D game but it means window scrolling is a little janky.

The game itself is a commodity based city builder that focuses on population and resource management over combat. It's unique from other games I've played like that because you control the lives of individual people, tell someone to become a farmer and they will, then promote them to a miller, then to baker, or send them to school so they can learn to be a tailor or a brewer. This is central to the games mechanics. It's The Sims crossed with Anno or Age of Empires and although it's not quite as strategic as AeO I can remember sinking 60+ hours into single levels just because it's so fun bulding and running your colony. It could have some more depth but I enjoy it a lot.

------BUG FIX------
If you're getting bugs while trying to play the game you can download a program called DXWnd found here:

As I said in my review, I haven't had any troubles so haven't done this personally but people who have told me this worked for them. I have used this method on other games so I trust it.

- After extracting the file run the 'dxwnd' .exe
- A little blank window will open, select the 'edit' menu and click 'add'
- A window with a bunch of options and tabs will open, fill them out as follows:
- "NAME:" = 8th Wonder(can be anything you like)
- "PATH:" = C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cultures 8th Wonder\Game.exe
Note: you may have the game installed at a different location eg. "Program Files (x86)"
That's it, Hit OK and you should see '8th Wonder' appear as an option from the window that was blank before.
- Select it and go >edit>run and the game will run smoothly
You will have to launch the game using this program or have DXWnd open when launching it from steam every time.

DXWnd is a hook program that you can use to get a lot of old games running smoothly on new systems. I didn't create DXWnd. is a trustworthy site for developers and you can get more support from the guy who made the program there if you need it.

As I said, I haven't had to use this fix myself so if you find any settings in dxwnd that improve performance even more let me know in a comment below and I'll add it.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
This game has been one of my favourite ever since I played it at about age 7 on disk on my mum's iMac G3. In the days after I could no longer play it, I would even read the manual and look at the pictures. Ever since then i've been dying to play it again, and I had just managed to find a port last year that was relatively buggy. Then, yesterday, I found Age of Wonders III on steam and I thought, if that's on steam, why not 8th Wonder? So on a whim I searched for it and found it - under "Cultures". Then it made sense - it was released as part of the cultures series! I had found it! And it was only 5 bucks, which I happened to have on my wallet!
I love everything about this game - the pace, the cuteness, the characters, the little quirks and surprisingly advanced bits, and the nostalgia of my childhood. This game (Along with Descent II) defined a few years of my life.

Gameplay is great, bugs are minimal - Just a bit of a problem with the resolution settings. Start keying the game on sime higher resolutions can force the across width into a wacky frame size and colour (it basically squashes the game into the left side of the screen and you either have to restart the game or change the resolution settings)
Everything is included - audio soundtracks (Which I never had on my disk copy!) and all.

10/10 would assign a civilian as an extractor of quarrystone again.
10/10 would send Bajarni into a fight and risk loosing the whole mission.
10/10, love this game.

Now I want to see Markiplier play it... :D
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
I still have my disc for the original Cultures game and seriously love the whole series. I'm so glad there's now a legitimate way to get Northland and 8th Wonder in Australia because they were never released here. I played 8th Wonder last night and got sucked into it again for 3+ hours. The games are sort of a mix between age of empires, the sims, banished and anno. There's production lines but everything is a little more personal as you have to sort of micromanage the Vikings, including telling them to get married, assigning them jobs and dwellings and telling them to have children etc. Unlike Anno there is a little bit of fighting with several types of 'soldiers' etc but I tend to play on Free Play and just focus on building big civilizations. I still like the graphics style now and the music/sounds aren't too bad either. Overall still love the games and look forward to playing more!
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
I grew up playing cultures2 and even learnt german doing so. When i saw Cultures on steam i didn't even hesitate for a second.
A must have game in your collection!
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
A major nostalgia trip. The Cultures series is one of my absolute favorites and I still hold out hope for another; a modern game. Nothing has really changed about the game except the resolutions supported, and maybe the music quality, but I'm not sure about that one. I've sought games similar to Cultures and have never found anything that I have felt quite the same about. It is a great series, pure and simple.

My only real disappointment is that FUNimation has STILL not publicly released the REAL scenario editor. The one that comes with the game is extremely limited in function and has always been that way. I really don't know the reason why some people are allowed to have it and the rest get the dumbed-down version. It's been over a decade since this game was released! Why don't we get to breathe new life into it?

Cultures will remain an important part of my gaming history; it is the series that piqued my interest in RTS/Strategy/Economic games. Managing my economy and trade were my favorite activities, and are important functions that I look for now.

This game is worth far more to me than $5, and I'm really grateful that 2 of the games landed here on Steam.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
Man, this game is a large and heavy chunk of nostalgia, and it is a nice quality game too, if only it had a larger community.

Say, you're playing Age of Empires. You create a villager, and that's it. That guy goes to collecting food, maybe farming, or maybe mines gold, but he's your average villager guy at his best.

But Cultures takes a way different approach. You want to create a villager? You don't create him, you have to be born him! And same way, as that guy is born, he grows up, and becomes a "Civilian", and then, you're free to do what your heart desires with him.
But of course, even that desire is limited. Say, you want him to be a potter? Now that's possible, assuming you had some clay extractor somewhere and he is skilled enough to be a potter. Or maybe you already have another potter. Then you can train him at a school, otherwise, you need to make him go through the dirty work too. Clay extracting, I mean.
As the game says, "every Viking is unique!". Every of them has different skills, and your Vikings will become even proficient in their, well, "proficiences", as they work or fight.
The game also has a nice combat system if you ask me, it is not bulk "spam soldiers and go fight", but you can also work wonders with a few soldiers fully equipped with longswords, plate armours and a few amulets on them.
Building a village is way fun tho, it might get a bit repetive, but that speed-up button serves that purpose quite well if you ask me.

If you like strategy games, but bored of usual way the things go, you should try Cultures. It is some different approach out here, and hell, it is very cheap here on Steam!

...I wish they had implemented the Steam client to the game tho, oh well! It is still some nice bargain here.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
I played this game when I was a kid and I recommend it to all fans of strategy games and economics! I run a forum of this game where we did a lot of mods and a shame that it is not we have added this game on steam... but ok. If you do not have too much money in this game, nothing has changed, so if you have an original on the disc - do not buy on Steam, too much money.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Nostalgia :3
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
This game is a yes all the way. It's a combination between town building, real time strategy, RPG, micro-managing and economy managing. I've played every game of the series for over 100 hours. While 8th Wonder of the World is technically just a small upgrade from Cultures 2 and Northland, it's definitally worth the try.

And if you feel like the game could use more maps, there is a Scenario Editor included and you can find hundreds of user made maps on the internet. :D
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
The overall engine for Cultures 8th Wonder (aka Cultures 4) is nearly identical to Cultures 2 & 3, so it plays more like an expansion than a sequel, however it's certainly great to see this type of game available on Steam. Having been out of gaming for a while, I had missed the release of Cultures 3 and 4.
The only drawback is that the game doesn't enable the player to play any of the other cultures in the Free Play mode. Not a game-killer, but a bit of variety would have been nice.
It's a big time killer for people who enjoy micro-management (even down to population creation!) with combat being a bit kluggy and an afterthough (having to choose every bit of equipment for every soldier makes raising large armies very time consuming).
Overall, a great game that follows a good control base and, at the price it's being charged on Steam, it's practically a steal!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Game doesnt work on windows 7
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16.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
The Cultures games are quite good strategy games, i've been playing them since i was a young child. It's a shame that they don't seem to be very popular in the US.
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29.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Build, learn, complete quest and go to war!!

10/10 Highly recommend this game!!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
A terrible control scheme and a so-so backstory mar what could otherwise be a decent top-down Medieval strategy game. Too bad, really; the game shows promise, provided the developers are willing to finesse it more.
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102.4 hrs
Posted: August 3
Remember playing this at my childhood. Glad steam added it.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 23
Same problems as northland.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: July 19
Best game i ever played as a kid...
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not playing much :(
2.2 hrs
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
lovin it since 2008<3
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 7
Hard crash to black screen. Had to reboot the PC eventually to remove it. Not even taskkill.exe would remove it. Shutdown (forced) didn't either and eventually had to power cycle the PC. Nasty...
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