Cossacks: The Art of War continues the history of the great battles of XVII–XVIII centuries
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Very Positive (61 reviews) - 88% of the 61 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

 

About This Game

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
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Overall:
Very Positive (61 reviews)
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NyanGarfield
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
A fun game in which one can relax and just play. This game requires thinking but not to much, sometimes the AI sucks and doesn't travel correctly, but for the most part it is a well running game that I recommend and you should try out.
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RingozwenY
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Nice game
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Josh Safari
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
doesnt run
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MrFruitbowl
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Nostalgic game which still has plenty of replay potential

Diplomatic Centre/10
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h3retic
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
great game, timeless classic!
(run in compatibility mode if ure on win 8+)
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Duke_d_Anjou
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 18, 2015
Impossible to play on windows 8.1 ( there should be a warning or they should be removed from steam ) those games ( every single one of them ) are currently unplayable on windows 8.1
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Yureina
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 4, 2015
An expansion for Cossacks: European Wars that becomes immediately irrelevant because Cossacks: Back to War includes the content from both of the games.

Get Cossacks: Back to War instead. This is a waste of money.
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TheMexicanPanda
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: August 14, 2015
I had this game before the golden age of Steam. Traded it in and it was lost to me forever, but then Steam gave it back to me. Best RTS for big armies and building stupidly big bases with four wall thick defenses. But please nerf 8 barrelled cannons.
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The Dainty Cossack
( 33.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3, 2015
A strategy game back when "normal" difficulty equals "nightmare" in 2015.

This game is HARD. The more complex campaigns require the perfect mix of luck, skill and sequencing of actions to succeed. The last campgin in Turkey - good luck. I couldn't get past the first 30 mins of the gameon normal difficulty. And easy is hard too to the uninitiated.

Gameplay is similar to Age of Empires in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Colin
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22, 2015
Great game to play in your freetime, plenty of units, maps, buildings and physcial structures
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otto the president
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11, 2015
♥♥♥♥ING ALGERIANS KILLED MY POPE

in all seriousness, a very fun game with lots of variety. cossack games and their spin offs are great ;)
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Harris
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25, 2015
Fantastic game. I always have plenty of fun playing this tidy little RTS, and it shows a bit of insight into the lives and ways of old, with decent animations, sound effects, technology tree and units. The game is based around resource gathering, technolgoy research, city development and large scale batles with guns, artillery and cavalry. It's a great little RTS and I'd love to see a new version with updated graphics. I recommend this.
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yorkie38
( 35.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2, 2015
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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malgrib
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1, 2015
i burned down a french cathedral and [TRIGGER WARNING] raep'd a Ukrainian nun
10/10 needs more scottish bagpipes
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jmcburney1
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9, 2015
does not work
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Cesare Borgia
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2014
Classic RTS must have for any RTS fan!
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davidbowman
( 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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Bloody George
( 39.4 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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TurianV
( 24.7 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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PiggyBANK
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Nostalgic game which still has plenty of replay potential

Diplomatic Centre/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
96 of 98 people (98%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.4 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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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Glorious game! if you don't have it already GET IT!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
28.6 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
Recommended
24.7 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.0 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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
♥♥♥♥ING ALGERIANS KILLED MY POPE

in all seriousness, a very fun game with lots of variety. cossack games and their spin offs are great ;)
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
An expansion for Cossacks: European Wars that becomes immediately irrelevant because Cossacks: Back to War includes the content from both of the games.

Get Cossacks: Back to War instead. This is a waste of money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2012
Good fun, a classic RTS.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Classic RTS must have for any RTS fan!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
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 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
Impossible to play on windows 8.1 ( there should be a warning or they should be removed from steam ) those games ( every single one of them ) are currently unplayable on windows 8.1
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1 of 16 people (6%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
does not work
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0 of 43 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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