Cossacks: The Art of War continues the history of the great battles of XVII–XVIII centuries
Release Date: Mar 31, 2002
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Includes 8 items: American Conquest, American Conquest: Fight Back, Cossacks II: Battle for Europe, Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, Cossacks: Art of War, Cossacks: Back to War, Cossacks: Campaign Expansion, Cossacks: European Wars

 

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Cossacks: The Art of War – continues the history of the great battles of XVII–XVIII centuries, and introduces five new campaigns, two nations, some new units and much more.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 100MB of free space
    • Video Card: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional: Microsoft XNA Framework 3.1
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
I have played this game times in the past, even played it on Windows 7, but since I have updated to Windows 8.1 the message advises not to run the game because of resolution issues and there is no way, that I can find to correct this issue.
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68 of 70 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,933.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Lovingly detailed sprite based RTS. I've had populations of over 24,000 units (villagers in mines included) on my side alone on a huge skirmish map with 6 other computer controlled players. You must farm or fish (food), chop wood, quarry stone, mine coal, Iron and gold to supply your army. I love this game and will die playing this game. Easily my favorite RTS of all time. Its cheap no reason not to add it to your RTS library. Give it a go!
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
It's difficult not to appreciate the class of Cossacks. Its gameplay focus is well split into all the aspects that characterise an RTT game: game rhythm, upgrades, buildings, unit variety and relevance, population realism, battle simulation... One has got to admire the effort put into crafting the unit functioning and overall building management in this one. Superb.

Cossacks offers plenty of pleasurable elements. First, there's the outstanding number of nations, each with its own architectural identity (wonderfully done, by the way); as well as the outstanding number of unique units and their precise importance on the battlefield or in the development of one's domains. Second, there's the realistic representation of population growth, with civil infrastructure costing you more as your settlement expands, although there is no set limit for your population. Third, there's the artillery/infantry details, amazing to watch as they engage in battle. Fourth, there's the customisable gameplay, as the options for a skirmish match are reasonable (type of terrain, type of elevation, game speed, resources, etc.), gathering all the good and fair choices everybody should have when playing a free-build or skirmish game mode in any RTS/RTT. Last but not least, the naval conflicts: it's just too exciting to watch your territories and riches grow and have to formulate quick strategies with your coffers and coal reserves so you can build a solid, fearsome fleet that can outrun the enemy's.

Whether you're playing the main campaigns or the 17th and 18th centuries battles in quick match mode, Cossacks: Art of War shall bring you strategy-ecstasy. The huge battles (details of hundreds of men can be formed), the realistic artillery ballistics, the exciting invasions on the enemy's settlement, the fast-paced management of your resources (wood, gold, food, iron and coal) and workers, and the extreme attention that one has to keep on the keeping up of improvements and specific upgrades, will determine who prevails in the hot war scenario of this game. Cossacks can give you this kind of thrill, if you're fond of the genre.

Bear in mind that, while I'm writing on the Art of War page, this goes for all its "sister" games (European Wars, Back to War).
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Glorious game! if you don't have it already GET IT!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
I have fond memories of this game so I'm probably pretty biased. But it's definitely one of my favorite RTS games of all time. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2013
I remember this was the first RTS I played (a long time ago) and even though it has simple graphics and gameplay I still find it very fun. But this game is pretty difficult and its different than most RTS games and time is of the essence and you have to be on top of everything from mining to building troops to farming from beggining to end and if you don't quite simply your gonna lose. I sometimes find myself building up a huge army and getting ready to invade the enemy but forgetting to make sure my peasents are doing there jobs at the mills and nothing feels worse but scrambling to get food while watching your soldiers die from starvation. All that aside its a fun (and cheap) game and if you like RTS games you should try it out
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
A classic RTS, its major distinction being the nearly unattainable 8000 unit capacity. Map options are quite versatile, as are the nations to choose from. The one downside is that MOD1, which brings many imporvements, is unavailabe for the Steam version. Nevertheless, Cossacks is an excellent game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
God damn, this game is too good for so little of people to have enjoyed it
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
I great use cossacks is easy to play.I like very much
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Classic RTS must have for any RTS fan!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2012
Good fun, a classic RTS.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2012
Sure, the graphics may not be as great as AoE or Civ V, but the fact that the unit limits are so large, and there are so many countries each with unique abilities makes the game extremely fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
i burned down a french cathedral and [TRIGGER WARNING] raep'd a Ukrainian nun
10/10 needs more scottish bagpipes
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
does not work
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0 of 31 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
played once now screen resolution options have vanished tried re install no joy.dirt
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3 of 63 people (5%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
I saw screenshots i thought that it is Cossacks 2 but its not, its the 1st one
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