Title:  IMPERIALISM:  The Fine Art of Conquering the World
Overall Rating: 4
Source:  Anthony K. Betrus
Playing Time:  Unlimited
Date: 3/18/99
Cost: $ 29.95 http://www.shoptlc.com/product .asp?pid=817
Number of Players: 1-7
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Power PC, 16MB of RAM with 8MB free or virtual memory on, System 7.5.3 or later, and
            &nbs p;                           &n bsp;            &nbs p;       OpenTransport 1.1.2 required for network play.
Subject Area: History / Economics / Geography / Politics
Objectives:  To apply the theory of supply and demand.            & nbsp;
            &nbs p;      To understand the relationship of natural resources to economic development.
            &nbs p;      To observe the effects of international politics on a country's economic and social growth.
            &nbs p;      To explain the interdependence of institutions such as:  the military, factory system, transportation network, colony
            &nbs p;      system, etc.
Brief Description:  The player(s) controls the development of a country by exploiting natural resources, growing various industries, monitoring foreign trade, creating political relationships with other nations, developing a military, etc.  Countries may in turn exploit lesser nations and create colonies.  Military action remains the most decisive method of "getting ahead."

Entry Capabilities Required:  An understanding of the various control screens and features.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points:  Imperialism has numerous scenarios as well as random ones which keep it fresh.  The game is also quite intricate which presents a constant mental challenge and plenty of features not necessary for success to be continually learned and incorporated.

Weak Points:  The game is extremely complex and can not be completed in a single sitting.  Its also addictive which means sessions may last up to 12 hours depending on fatigue and eye strain.

Reviewer: Jeffrey Stein
Position: Resident Director at SUNY Potsdam
Date: 3/18/99
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.