Eight-Minute Empire is the super-quick area control game requiring tough decisions. It’s easy to learn and perfect for when you only have a few minutes. ⏱
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Mostly Positive (103) - 76% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 6, 2017

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“to play in around 5 minutes for a fun, competitive game is both rare and impressive”
4/5 – Pixelated Cartboard

“If you’re a strategy fan in general, it might be the perfect game to add to your arsenal for those days when you’re short on time but still want to play. It’s also a great game for families who are planning road trips.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

“Is'a a really cool rapid fire game that I'm enjoying!”

About This Game

Eight-Minute Empire, by Ryan Laukat, is a quick Civilization/Exploration game using card-driven area control.

In Eight-Minute Empire, 2-5 players take turns selecting a card from the six displayed. This card gives the player a resource and also has an action that the player takes immediately. Actions help players take over the map, but the resources are worth points at the end of the game, so players have to balance the two aspects. Players spread across the map in order to collect points at the end of the game by having majority control in regions and continents.

Eight-Minute Empire is a super-quick area control game requiring tough decisions. It’s easy to learn and perfect for when you only have a few minutes.

  • ⚔️ Recruit troops to strengthen your army
  • 🏞️ Command your forces to acquire new provinces
  • 🌎 Challenge your friends all over the world
  • ⛵ Sail across the seas & build castles to expand your empire
  • 🤺 Eliminate enemy troops to weaken your adversaries
  • 👑 Collect goods to increase your advantage


Our digital adaptation:

🏆 2017 Golden Geek Best Board Game App Nominee
🏆 2017 Golden Geek Best Mobile/Handheld Nominee

The board game:
🏆 2013 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
🏆 2013 Golden Geek Best Print & Play Board Game Nominee
🏆 2014 Gioco dell’Anno Nominee
🏆 2014 Gra Roku Nominee


- official Eight-Minute Empire game
- great artwork
- in-game interactive tutorial
- languages: English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Traditional and Simplified, Russian
- optimized for PC, smartphones, and tablets
- play with AI, with friends, or with both
- pass and play mode
- online multiplayer with synchronous and asynchronous modes
- opponents' last moves replay
- 3 levels of difficulty AIs with individual strategies
- different maps
- climate sounds and music
- official rules plus extra additions
- unique, original board game feel on your electronic device
- colorblind mode
- over 70 achievements


The Mocha & Baksheesh DLC is coming soon! Follow the main page of Istanbul: Digital Edition to stay updated with the latest development news and announcements for directly on Steam!


System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS *: Windows 7 (SP1+), Windows 10 and Windows 11
    • Processor: x86, x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX10, DX11, DX12 capable.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: High Sierra 10.13+
    • Processor: Apple Silicon, x64 architecture with SSE2.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Metal capable Intel and AMD GPUs
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 18.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+, Vulkan capable.
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gnome desktop environment running on top of X11 windowing system Other configuration and user environment as provided stock with the supported distribution (such as Kernel or Compositor) Nvidia and AMD GPUs using Nvidia official proprietary graphics driver or AMD Mesa graphics driver.

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