Machiavelli: The Prince

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Machiavelli: The Prince is video game released in 1995, and the second release in the Merchant Prince video game series.

Machiavelli the Prince
Machiavelli The Prince cover.jpg
Cover art from the black box
Developer(s) HDI
Publisher(s) MicroProse
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release 1995
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer


Machiavelli was initially received more tepidly by critics. David Cook complained that "Machiavelli quickly becomes a game of doing the same old thing over and over" and that "for a game that touts its historical basis... it just doesn't mine the richness of their period".[1] Jay & Dee gave it 3 of 5 stars.[2] It has subsequently earned praise compared to other turn-based strategy games,[3][4] including by professors of history.[5] By 2009, Troy Goodfellow was enthusing, "Merchant Prince/Machiavelli is one of the very few strategy games that gave you partial information and very few games since have picked up that torch. Fog of war generally applies to enemy troop positions, of course, but map information in strategy games is generally either perfect or perfectly unknown. Exploring is less about moving hesitantly to what you think is there and more about walking boldly into the darkness because you know that the next civilization can't be too close or that no one ever starts more than a few seconds from a gold mine."[6] Home of the Underdogs describes it as "undoubtedly one of the best—if not THE best—medieval strategy games ever released".[7]


  1. ^ Cook, David (August 1995), "Eye of the Monitor", Dragon, No. 220, pp. 63–68 .
  2. ^ Jay & Dee (September 1995), "Eye of the Monitor", Dragon, No. 221, pp. 115–118 .
  3. ^ Butts, Steve (7 May 2011). "Merchant Prince II PC". IGN. Archived from the original on 8 February 2002. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Conrad, Kent (June 2002), "Merchant Prince II", Exploded Goat .
  5. ^ "Machiavelli the Prince (Merchant Prince remake)", Abandonia .
  6. ^ Goodfellow, Troy (April 2009), "Three Moves Ahead: Maps and Game Design: Merchant Prince and Machiavelli", Flash of Steel .
  7. ^ "Machiavelli The Prince", Home of the Underdogs, 2009 .