Combining elements from both trading and strategy games, Commander: Conquest of the Americas will appeal to a wide range of players. Players take charge of one of the many European powers aiming to conquer the New World.
User reviews: Mixed (67 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2010
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“Offering bigger battles, improved graphics and other enhancements, Commander: Conquest of the Americas is almost guaranteed to please strategy game fans and naval strategists.”
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About This Game

Combining elements from both trading and strategy games, Commander: Conquest of the Americas will appeal to a wide range of players. Players take charge of one of the many European powers aiming to conquer the New World. Starting from 16th century, players can choose from many different nations, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Founding new colonies and then making them thrive is key to success. In order to accomplish this, players need to manage and optimize resources and production in their colonies, before transporting the goods to other colonies or back to Europe. Rival powers and Native Americans can prove to be allies or enemies, depending on the player decisions. Hostile fleets engage each other in highly detailed tactical level. Players can command their ships in RTS fashion or take direct control themselves.
Features
  • Conquer the New World
  • Choose from 7 different European factions
  • Manage your colonies and their resources, production, military, and much more
  • Game world spanning from the Caribbean to Hudson Bay
  • Naval battles with as many as 30 ships in varied environments and 2 different control modes
  • Interact with both the European powers and the natives

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
    • Video Card: 256 MB of dedicated memory with support for pixel shader 3.0. NVIDIA 7800 or equivalent
    • Sound Card: DirectX9 compatible
    • Controller Support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Personally I would recommend this game as a game that you would buy when it is on sale for very cheap.
I will go with the pros and cons of this game as far as I personally experienced them.

PROS:
-a good commerce and civiliazation building game.
-The interface is pretty cool.
-Useful tips and hints as you first start out.
-The Ship combat is fun.

CONS: (there is a lot of them)
-Poor tutorial (no tutorial for combat? really?)
-Advisors can get pretty annoying at times.
-The graphic textures are pretty fuzzy (I am not sure if it is my computer or the game itself)
-The game can get pretty tedious and long.
-Combat can get pretty confusing at first.
-Trying to board other ships needs to be fixed.
-buggy interface
-the art portraits are rather lousy.

Now I am not saying this is a terrible game. But I am saying that this is a good game that would buy when it goes on sale for $1.99. However, I do believe this game needs to be updated and it would be cool if they came out with a sequel.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
While slow to start off, the game unfolds a great world of opportunity in the New World. While focussing mainly on colonization and trade, this game offers also a pretty decent combat system. It's not a great game, because the interface isn't as clear and fluent as it could be, nor is the trade system presented in a understandable manner. However, when you look past those rough edges you can find a tiny gem that isn't like a lot of other bland games out there.

7/10
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I liked this game quite a bit. It does the whole trade thing pretty well. It's definitely one of the better economy games released recently. It not only allows you to build ships and set up trade routes but also allows you to build colonize and maybe be a pirate if you want. I'll go into some pros and cons:

Pros:
-You aren't stuck playing the economy game. You can play a military game by being a pirate or fighting with other countries.
-The game does the trading really well. The amount of resources aren't overwhelming (although the amount also isn't very impressive either). It's easy to just jump into the game.
-There is a good amount of ships and you can customize each one you build by spending a little extra money.

Cons:
-The colony management is a little too simplistic. It does add to the game but it is only picking a building you want to build from a list.
-There are only limited colony spots that you can build colonies on. I would've liked to just see where the resources were and build a colony accordingly.
-You have to buy the resources from your colonies to sell them in the Home Country (Europe) and, as far as I can tell, you can't trade with other colonies. Instead you trade resources via diplomacy but those resources can only be traded via diplomacy and you cannot sell them in Europe. Because of this it is very possible to go negative and you can't do anything about it.

All in all it's a fun game and I would recommend it. Especially now (11/27) with a sale going on. Certainly worth the $4 for the base and $6 for the complete.
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45 of 55 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
I'm very grateful that I got this when it was on sale.

The combat is awful since ships don't respond to controls, and the economy gets extremely repetitive. Automatic trade routes don't really work either since the commodities are constantly shifting in availability, and the computer creates complex alliances which defy all notions of imperialism. It gets ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ too where the computer will deliberately ally, then raid your smaller colonies to take them over without making a declaration of war. If you take them back, then you implicitly declare war on the whole alliance.

It's a great concept, but extremely poorly executed.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is an amusing game that makes me think of what you would get if you simplified Empire: Total War. Basically you set up cities in the new world, and trade with the home port to grow your economy, eventually waging war (either actual or economic) with the other colonial powers to conquer the americas. the mechanics are straightforward, every building and ship costs maintenance, and all the raw materials and finished good provide income. setup stable trade routes, bring colonists and soliders from the home port and you are set. the graphics are low, but its fun if you like this sort of gameplay.

the controls are simple, and the menus make sense, once you get the hang of it its fun to repeat play because there are different ways to win.

it is a cheap game though, so there are strange shortcuts that are missing, there are a lack of notifications about current events each turn, although there are popups they are usually reminders about failing a mission or a new missoin

that can get annoying for some because well into the game there are a lot of things to keep track of, basically you can set up a trade route bringing ppl and goods in different directions (growing and defending settlements, satisfying needs) but the route you take and the time matter (especially once a good runs out) if you dont mind having to check every turn every single part of your empire because nothing lasts that long then this game is great

i actually didnt care that i kept running things into the ground, i never won, but it was interesting to set up trade routes that eventually failed only to have someone declare war on you
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
Many of the achievements seem to be broken and will not trigger. In addition, the naval combat is also extremely broken and buggy. The voice work is terrible. The visuals are average for 2010. The music is bland and repetitive. I think there might only be three tracks in the entire game, at most. Though probably only two. Set on an endless loop, good god. Finally, the commercial and administrative mechanics of the game are extremely primitive and superficial-- this game is, in essence, a poor man's Port Royale or Patrician, as regards the trade sims of this model.

I don't know if I've missed anything, but this game is so uninspiring it's hardly a surprise that I don't especially care. Do not pay any more than $2.50 USD for this title.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
The ships handle terribly. The combat AI is stupid (The enemy surrendered to me when they outnumbered me 2:1 and they hardly bothered fighting), the campaign is so difficult and annoying, I couldn't even get 1/3 of the way through it and your opponents seem to generate infinate amounts of wealth while you have bugger all for the majority of the time and the interface is extremely unresponsive, the only saving grace this game has is the graphics which do look quite good. Use your money to buy a total war game.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
Despite being a bit enjoyable at its best, this maritime strategy game is scuttled by a very slow start and a lack of depth. Peculiar challenges and a good managerial dimension have to compare with a poorly detailed graphics and an excessive selling price.Strong naval combat is marred by shallow trade and town management.Instead of wrestling with rival nations, you'll tussle with unruly advisors in this naval trading sim.The lack of a tutorial is also not a great selling point.The Age of Discovery has enough excitement and intrigue to fill a hundred video games, just not this timid and repetitive strategy game.Overall, I'd give it a 4/10.A waste of money if you ask me.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2012
This game is fun but feels not finished Personally I feel they should make a second game would be alot better but there is no sandbox witch I do not like but the game is still fun and long if you want it to be. Over all this games ok but need some fixes 7/10
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
This is an interesting game. I think it probably can meet the needs of some players for a new world colonization simulator, but the setup is not really my preference, so I doubt it will get a whole bunch of playtime from me.
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19 of 36 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Declared war on Spain after conquering their colonies even though I had no chance of winning. Then, became a corrupt French general and wasted all my colonies' budgets on booze and ships. Spain and their ally Portugal came back and killed me along with my colonies. 10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ off Spain again. But honestly it's a good game but it might not be the game for everyone. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2010
Pre-Release Review
A beautiful game, but depressingly boring. Guess that isn't really a recommendation.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
This game has SOOOOO much potential!
It's a shame the game doesn't use any of it.

Very dissapointing game, I thought it would be a smaller civilization game. If you put the time in to learn the game (which could take awhile as the tutorials are in video form with the least interesting narrarator of all time)...MAYBE it could be enjoyable. In other words, I bought this game for sale and I still feel ripped off.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: October 4, 2013
Reminds me Sid Meier's Pirates :) .
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
80% off, definitely worth the current price of two dollars.

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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2011
A surprisingly good little trading sim, you could say it aims low and hits its mark. Not a lot of replay value here but fun if you can get it for under $15 or so.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
there are a lot of harsh reviews but i personally enjoy this game much more than the colonization remake

the emphasis is on founding colonies in the best locations. trading so you can afford a navy, and then naval combat

theres no land combat which seems to be a main gripe of the naysayers

thats fine with me as i personally i think modern strategy games suffer too much from giant soldiers walking about small maps which really spoils the immersion

another gripe of the naysayers seems to the sluggishness of the ships as though they are expecting galleons to maneuver like pt boats

if you like the concept behind the game and see it on sale i recommed giving it a try

7.5/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
not a bad game for the price i paid for it!!!!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2013
Its like Colonization in real-time, but without different professions and without the possibility to settle in the inland. Its fun, but not a real challenge against the AI, also in the later game. I recommend the pirate dlc for a new experience having own pirate ships for hunting freighters under the flag of the outlaws.. ^^
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
gets boring at times 5/10
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