The Europa Universalis Series is a series of computer games. Every game in the series is a Real-time Strategy Game in the 4X genre. Players take control of a country over a period of centuries, guiding their decisions. The original game was an adaptation of a very complex board game, and subsequent games have made significant changes to the game mechanics.
The games in the series are:
- Europa Universalis (game) (released 20th February 2001)
- Europa Universalis II (released 12th November 2001)
- Europa Universalis III (released January 2007)
- Europa Universalis Rome (released 15th April 2008
- Europa Universalis IV (released 13th August 2013)
Common Elements Edit
With the exception of Europa Universalis Rome (which runs from 280BC to 27AD), the vanilla games all begin at some point in the 15th Century, and end either just before or just after the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars (though there are scenarios allowing you to start the game at a later date). Within each game in the series, the player has some way to do all of the following:
- Explore the world
- Control trade
- Wage war
- Control and upgrade cities and provinces
- Settle new colonies
As the series went on, the games added various new features. For example, the first two games had pre-determined monarchs throughout the game, which could sometimes be swapped in or out by events. From EUIII, however, monarchs are generated randomly.