To stand alone in war is extremely unpleasant. Extremely pleasant, on the other hand, is the stand-alone version Cossacks: Back to War. Containing all of the gameplay features of Cossacks: European Wars and Cossacks: The Art of War, this is a complete care package for all current and future Cossacks fans.
User reviews: Very Positive (251 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2002
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About This Game

To stand alone in war is extremely unpleasant. Extremely pleasant, on the other hand, is the stand-alone version Cossacks: Back to War. Containing all of the gameplay features of Cossacks: European Wars and Cossacks: The Art of War, this is a complete care package for all current and future Cossacks fans. This add-on contains 100 captivating missions taking place between the 16th and 18th centuries. In addition, two new nations, Switzerland and Hungary, are included. These countries waged war in the late Middle Ages and essentially influenced the development of European military strategies. This addition causes the second add-on of Cossacks to pass the threshold of allowed gaming fun.


Features:

  • Thrilling real-time strategy game with historical background.
  • Fascinating 3D landscapes.
  • Play takes place in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries.
  • Stand-alone game, other Cossacks games not required to play.
  • A total of 20 different European nations to command.
  • 100 new single missions.
  • 2 new nations: Switzerland and Hungary with a total of 8 new units.
  • Spectacular real-time battles with up to 8,000 units.
  • 4 different difficulty levels.
  • 1 new camel riding unit for Algeria and Turkey: Bedouin.
  • This version with low system requirements is adapted for comfortable play on any hardware from low-end computers, laptops and netbooks, to high-end PCs (with Windows Vista/7).
  • Ad-Hoc multiplayer play (offline mode).
  • Infinite AI skirmishes on randomly generated maps.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home (Service Pack 3)
    • Processor: Intel Atom N270
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel GMA 950
    • DirectX®: DirectX9
    • Hard Drive: 550MB space free
    • Sound: 100% Direct Sound Compatible
    • Internet Connection: 56 Kbit/sec
    • Controller: "mouse" or touchpad
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Easily one of the greatest strategy games I've ever played... I'm having a few problems with it on Windows 8 at the moment though.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
94.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Incredibly good game. Been playing this for over 10 years with a friend and we're still impressed by it.

-The game has an excellent balance between different unit types.
-The nations are varied enough to keep it enjoyable for a long time. Some nations may be very slightly over powered though e.g. Poland and Ukraine
-Seemingly endless single missions and enjoyable campaign.
-Art style is good and will likely age very well over time.
-Good resource ideas.
-Good upgrade trees

-One downsides is poor AI, which uses the same tactics constantly, just with increasingly larger numbers of units.
-The blue and black team colors are difficult to see on the map sometimes, while the white color is easily confused with the unit selected color on the map.
-The mine locator upgrade obsures your mines on the map making them difficult to locate ironically.
-No options for reforging alliances after the game has started.
-Multiplayer over internet is difficult to set up initially
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
243.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I still remember when I got the game, it was an accident...
My friend gave me a demo cd with a bunch of games on it and cossacks: back to war was one of em.
I kept play that one demo mission again and again...
I think STILL this is the best strategy game of all time, it amazes me how you can control thousands, big cities and navy fleets.
And it takes hundreds of hours to finish the game because there is so much missions in it and of course an editor too.
And this strategy game is unique because the game mechanics are so different than most of the other strategy games, you dont have to rush for resources, there is always a few mine places around you where you can get the resources from.
But it takes a long time to upgrade yourself and meanwhile you have to defend yourself too and thats why almost all of the missions takes 2-3 hours to finish, so this makes you feel like you are in a real hardcore war I think.
I had so much epic battles in this game
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This game along with the others is really fun! you can get plenty of units, have good sized battles, play with friends, very very good game! 10/10 for all of them! MUST BUY!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This is one the best stradegy games I have ever played. Everything about this game makes you think of your economy versus your army. However, most of the game focuses on your military and navy. This is the best in the Cossacks series and the only one you need. Each nation is matched as they would be in the 1600 to 1700s. So late is better to go with a strong nation from that time. So not the middle eastern countries, but they are very stronge in the early part of the game. It is Napolionic fighting and is very addictive. This is very recommened to anyone who like RTS's. It will become a favorite, when you see 3000 of your troops attack a city.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
One of the best RTS that I've ever played! Ukraine rules!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
The hours on record are deceptive, I have bought this game 3x before buying it on stean. While an older game, the gameplay is balanced, and very enjoyable. Granted it has issues on newer systems.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
This is a great game! You have to get it! It is hard, but fun. It's alot more fun to play with other people, though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Lets Fight in the 17th and 18th Century with Cossacks:Back to War.This statergy game is like mix of Total War and Age of Empires,though there are some pros and cons in the game,which are written as follow:
Pros:
  • Great Game,good graphics of its time
  • Huge battles,good AI,Lengthy Campaigns.
  • Huge choice of nations,and units.
I can only mention the above,thier are alot of pros in this game.
Cons:
  • No Unit Voice.
  • Very hard campaigns, cannot be really completed by everyone.
  • No message of telling that resources are low, unit has been created,unit is idle,or no downward toolwar
This is a great game,these cons are the only ones i could find,though as i said above,the single player missions and the game campaigns are very very hard even on normal mode,and lengthy too. Only a true statergy player can play and like this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
The amount of nostalgia!
Its totally worth getting to be honest, its a super fun oldschool rts. Dont excpect flashy graphics or something but do expect solid gameplay and a perfect title for some multiplayer action with friends.

If you're interested, a good place to get it as well as the other titles in the series would be here: http://www.bundlestars.com/all-bundles/the-art-of-war-bundle/

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The pathing for units can be pretty terrible, but the game itself is pretty fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
i liberated my village with commanders
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This game right here is the reason why im addicted to RTS managment city building type of games. I put 100's of hours unto this game back in the day.
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Ignore the ridiculous metascore of 60, this game is incredible and I spent too many hours of my childhood mowing down people with strelets.

This game is worth it for the sounds of the pikemen alone.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
this was my childhood, i knew it by a different name since i spoke a different language, good thing i found it :) brings back memories
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
119.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
My favourite RTS game of all time. Massive armies, tons of upgrades, and a wide range of different troops make this game awesome, not to mention the ability to play with friends and have up to 6 CPU's against you. Definitely recommended.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
This ♥♥♥♥ swallowed 15 hours of my life in one day.
10/10 would not sleep again
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
great stradegy game, highly recommended to people who like age of empires
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
Very Good Game!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
It's so great to go back to the game I used to play when I was younger, and I still enjoy it as much as I used to.
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