NFG Summary:‘Cossacks: European Wars’ is an immersive real-time strategy game that transports players to the tumultuous era of Napoleonic war and early gun combat in 17th and 18th century Europe. With its captivating gameplay and similarities to the beloved classic ‘Age of Empires II,’ this game brings the excitement of historical warfare to your fingertips.

NFG Score: 100

Categories: Command, RTS
Meta Score: 74
Store: Cossacks: European Wars (Price: $ 1,89)
User Score: 82.0
Platform: PC
Publisher Names: Strategy First
Support Language: English
Publish Date: 2001-04-14


PC Requirements:

  • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz CPU
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard disk space: 350MB
  • Video:Video Card with 64MB dedicated memory and DirectX 9 Compatible
  • Sound:Sound card with DirectX 9.0 support
  • DirectX®:9.0 or higher


A real-time strategy game set in 17th and 18th century Europe, the age of Napoleonic war and early gun combat, and similar to "Age of Empires II."

Positive Comment(s)

Some will like the increased complexity and find all they need in this game, while others might get lost in the multitude of stats, units and options and simply give the whole thing a miss.81ActionTrip
What sets Cossacks apart from other games is its spectacular visuals and its attention to historical detail.80Computer Games Magazine
An excellent strategy game which is sadly somewhat marred by its overly difficult campaigns and unimpressive enemy AI.80Eurogamer
in a word, a masterpiece, I played it for years, the remake of the game should come, I have the cd version of the game, but I can’t enter it in win 11, help100ofg1616
Very good game. I enjoyed playing this game a lot. I strongly recommend this.90apokalipto
I remember this masterpiece. Units were so detailed. Building the city and consequent battle seemed so delightful.90Sandro86
I’ve spent many hours playing this game with my brother. One of the most often played strategy game of my childhood80Danil_Shtangeev

Negative Comment(s)

The real selling point of Cossacks is the opportunity to stage massive combat situations where up to 8,000 troops can be present on the battlefield at once.75IGN
The most innovative aspect of the game is the formations feature. Large groups of soldiers can be controlled with considerably reduced effort and the flavor of the game is enhanced immensely.75Gamezilla!
But while AOK managed to hit every note just about right, Cossacks mixes together some harmony and cacophony (continuing the metaphor) and doesn’t quite achieve the same elegance of gameplay.73Game Over Online
If you don’t mind another variation on an oft-played theme, Cossacks has more than enough variety to ensure fun empire building and colorful clashes.71GameSpot
Better AI and pathfinding and less reliance on such large quantities of resources would make Cossacks faster playing and more enjoyable.68Gamers’ Temple
Could have done without some of the extra resource and development bits that seem rather tagged on but still a hefty challenge for war gamers.60Spank!
Though rich with a variety of units and resources, European Wars simply doesn’t have the polish needed to put it on the frontlines in the genre.60All Game Guide

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