Turn based 4X strategy game, recreating the civilizations of ancient China. Develop your land, build great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic battles, with hundreds of soldiers fighting right on the game map. Advance your technologies, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s biggest empires.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (26) - 53% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (1,367) - 77% of the 1,367 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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December 20, 2018

Update: December 20

Before 2018 comes to an end, we’ve released a new update that fixes several bugs and optimizes a lot of features. The biggest change for those of you with the DLC is the ability to play as some of the DLC factions in Imperial Era through custom games!

Thank you to everyone this year for your support and encouragement, and for participating in the Oriental Empires community! Join us on Discord,Twitter and Facebook to ask questions and meet other players.

Check out the Changelog below, and enjoy!

- Moonsugar

New Features
  • Added some DLC factions to custom games in Imperial Era (for players who have the DLC).
  • Reduced number of techs given at start of Imperial Era games so that there is more room for tech development.
  • Added a bowyer to cities in custom games started in the Imperial Era.
  • Added delete faction ability to scenario editor.

  • Allow units a double move if blocked from movement the previous turn. Helps crossing rivers and terrain when the way is blocked by other stacks.
  • Different player stacks may swap positions to reduce movement congestion.
    Improved management of city objects. Reduces memory usage and improves load times on large games.
  • Fixed performance problems caused by long list of cities in settlement tab.
  • Fixed problems with large heavily interconnected trade networks performing slowly or crashing.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed character spawn bug in Chinese and Russian versions of Genghis that gave free bodyguard units each turn.
  • Fixed bug converting settlements to hordes that stopped expenses being deducted.
  • Fixed bug with cavalry not fighting in difficult terrain.
  • AI recognizes that dismounted horse archers can take a city.
  • Fixed availability of driven civilian unit.
  • Fixed Jin Symbol.
  • Fixed some names for historical characters in Chinese.
  • Fixed other religions being allowed to Islamic factions.
  • Tweaks to Attabeg and Meng'an Cavalry units.
  • Fixed problem in scenario editor giving wrong Chinese banner symbol when none selected.
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November 23, 2018

Update: November 23

Hey everyone! We've just released a small update that fixes a critical bug in the Genghis DLC and takes care of a few other known issues.

Enjoying the game and want to exchange tactics, ask questions and play multiplayer with us? Join our community on Discord: http://www.discord.io/OrientalEmpires

- Moonsugar

  • Shooting gallery models not appearing has been fixed
  • Fixed a bug in the Life of Genghis campaign that prevented progress past the Khwarazem mission
  • Fixed a bug in the Life of Genghis campaign that stopped Xi Xia being attacked in the first mission
  • Fixed a bug that let cities without caravansaries (but connected to one that does) export as if they had one
  • Fixed a bug that could cancel land trade routes when a quay was constructed when no water route was possible

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“If you’re a fan of the Endless series, Civilization or any other 4X game; you will find enjoyment in this game.”
90% – Mithical Entertainment

“If you are looking for a grand strategy game, Oriental Empires is well worth your consideration. The innovations in Oriental Empires are a breath of fresh air in a genre whose big names seldom innovate in any meaningful fashion.”
80% – Strategy Gamer

“If you like Civilization and/or Total War and always wanted a strategy title steeped in 3000 years of Chinese history, look no further than Oriental Empires.”
80% – GameWatcher

About This Game

Step into the world of the ancient Orient. Control a city or tribe from the dawn of Chinese history, and turn it into a great empire. Develop your land, create great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic wars. Advance your technology, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s great civilizations. All the action takes place on one spectacular game map that brings to life the mountains, forests, plains and deserts of China. Zoom in close to review your troops and see your peasants toiling, or zoom out for a strategic overview. Plan your battles, end your turn, and then watch as your armies obey your orders, with hundreds of soldiers battling right on the game map.

  • Start out as a single nation or tribe, starting from humble beginnings with a single settlement and expand your empire and develop your culture with the aim of becoming the universally recognized Son of Heaven and ruler of the world.
  • Persuade the other factions to recognize you as such by either military force, or by diplomatic persuasion.
  • Play as one of 24 different factions each with their own special bonuses or penalties.
  • Vast beautifully rendered map featuring an attractive and authentic depiction of the landscape of China and Mongolia.
  • Large scale battles with hundreds or thousands of soldiers, depicted in detail right on the game map. Watch skilled armies and reinforcements go to battle, according to the battle orders and formations set by the player.
  • Fully animated 3D models, with variations in face and clothing for each model, including infantry, cavalry, chariot and artillery units, as well as naval forces.
  • Long seamless zoom range lets you step right into the game world or zoom out for a strategic overview.
  • Develop your settlements by constructing buildings and developing the landscape around them, build markets and ports to enable trade by land and water.
  • Elaborate research tree including technology as well as cultural, philosophical and religious developments.
  • Many other elements will determine the outcome of you quest for dominance such as Leaders, Sieges, Unrest and Rebellion, and Authority and Culture ratings.
  • As Emperor, set edicts, laws and decrees to balance power and move into a glorious new Era, with new technologies and military units that change the game!
  • Conquer together or betray your allies. Anything goes in multiplayer mode, supporting up to 15 players.
  • Join the official Discord to find new allies for multiplayer, discuss strategies and receive the latest tips & tricks: https://discord.gg/6Kgnk5z

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit (32 bit NOT supported)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3230M @ 2.60GHz or equivalent AMD processor and above
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DX 9 Compliant videocard with pixel shader 3,0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10 - 64 bit (32 bit NOT supported)
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.2 GHz or equivalent AMD processor and above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DX 9 Compliant videocard with pixel shader 3,0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768

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