In the trial version, you can choose between four nations: the Persians from the expansion pack, and three others from the original game. Play through the tutorial and then get a taste of the Alexander the Great campaign, one of four historical campaigns in the retail version. You'll also be able to try your hand on the battlefield on one of three different random map types. This stand-alone trial version does not require the original retail version of Rise of Nations.
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) game Rise of Nations, adds a barrage of new features to the original game. Combining the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots enables players to explore 6,000 years of history as they amass powerful armies, build prosperous economies and perform acts of diplomacy.
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots introduces six new nations, four unique single-player campaigns, more than 20 original units, new wonders and new government types. Unlike other historical RTS games, the Rise of Nations franchise allows gamers to quickly play through eight historical epochs of time from the Ancient Age to the Information Age.