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The Settlers: Rise of an Empire


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5 stars"

Great game, have owned it for a couple of months now. Very long single player campaign that will keep you busy for hours on end. Great graphics and is a must buy if you like the other “Settlers” titles. As well as a great online multiplayer mode.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Requires extra driver for Windows 7"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A good game, but there are a few issues which bring it down. I finished the installation process to an announcement that one of the drivers for the game was incompatible with Windows 7, and was being blocked as it would result in system instability. Buying a game only to be left wondering if you can even play it is not a good feeling.

Thankfully Google provided an easy fix: install the game, then go to to download the latest version of the driver. It probably would have been less annoying if it wasn't for the fact that the driver causing the problems wasn't one that actually ran the game, but was there for copy-protect purposes. I understand that they want to protect their software, but it sucks for people to have actually purchased the game and not be able to run it without tracking down additional software.

Otherwise, a fairly run-of-the-mill civ sim game. Story mode is a little proscriptive, but still good enough to keep me occupied for several hours at a time.

"Great single player campaign"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Have only played the single player campaign so far. Each map takes a reasonable time to play. Graphics are great. Haven't had any issues running on Win7 Pro so far.


In this game, the player builds lively, bustling towns in a medieval world. Everything is visible, lovingly animated and realistic. Each settler has his or her own daily routine, with a range of different actions and behaviours that can be observed by the player at all times. This enables him to get the best out of his Settlers, build up a flourishing economy, tend to his settlers' needs, and protect his empire against danger from the outside. By expanding his empire, the player can aspire to becoming a legendary king or queen.

The most popular features of the predecessors in the series have been retained, and many of the fans desires and wishes were incorporated into the new game to create a very special Settlers atmosphere. The result is a realistic medieval world, captured in intricate detail. The game features an immersive, yet transparent economic system based on the resources, wares and goods produced by the settlers in their various trades and occupations.


  • A very special Settlers atmosphere in a lively medieval game world!
  • The primary objective of the game is to create large, lively medieval towns.
  • The settlers interact with each other in a completely natural way and have wants and needs of their own.
  • Female settlers appear for the first time in the series: Men and women fall in love with each other and marry.
  • The lively, detailed game world is rich in animal and plant life.
  • The settlers' busy life is presented in lovingly rendered animations that show what is going on in a transparent way.
  • The world is divided into four climatic zones with changes of season and weather which influence expansion and resource gathering.
  • The best Settlers game of all time, featuring the best from previous games and lots of gameplay innovations!
  • The game's instant accessibility and gentle learning curve ensure long-lasting fun; even in advanced game missions, new features are introduced.
  • All interventions by the player are reflected in the behaviour of his subjects and made transparent through the animations in the game world.
  • Starting with a small settlement, the player builds up flourishing towns, maintains trade relations, and claims land and villages. This requires diplomatic skills.
  • Mining, gathering resources, and food production result from wise planning and the various occupations of the settlers.
  • Goods transport is optimized through skilful road planning.
  • Upgrading buildings step-by-step improves the effectiveness of the economy and towns.
  • By hiring travelling entertainers and organizing fairs, the player acts as a matchmaker by enabling male and female settlers to get to know each other.
  • The player can build walls to protect his towns from enemy attacks. In military actions, the player must prove that he has built up his empire in such a way that it can defend itself effectively.
  • Missions featuring noble knights with various skills accompany the player through the epic storyline penned by Jeff Grubb.
  • Included in the game: dynamic single player campaign, freeplay mode with a multitude of maps, numerous multiplayer options via LAN and Internet
Release date NZ
October 5th, 2007
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Top 2000
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