A Brief History of the World 4+

Designed by Ragnar Brothers

Codito Development Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 78 Ratings
    • $6.99



Take a sweeping ride through the history of mankind in the famous board game from Ragnar Brothers!

"4/5: Conquering a country is really cathartic and very intuitive. The app works well and is clean and polished. Very fun… I definitely recommend you pick this one up!" - BoardGameGeek.com

"4/5: Fun … strategy game with bags of historical flavour. Works brilliantly when played asynchronously against other people." - Gamezebo

"... simple and straightforward, which makes it a decent alternative to more in-depth historical sims like Civilization Revolution.” - Slide to Play

Control the decisions of major leaders and conquer the world!
Lead your empire to victory in this turn-based strategy game!

Play as the character of Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, or Napoleon Bonaparte and command armies through 6 riveting epochs in history, with 42 major empires and 15 minor empires.

Choose from over 40 event cards to enhance replayability and alter the course of history.

All set to an epic soundtrack (or listen to tracks from your own music library) with beautiful graphics and original artwork from the Ragnar Brothers’ board game.

With no setup time required, no pieces to lose, and no arguments about the rules, the future of board games is here and A Brief History of the World gives you exactly what you want -- to play!

Features include:

- Easy-to-learn and easy-to-play
- Comprehensive tutorial
- Play solo against varying levels of AI
- Enjoy a game with family and friends around the table or as “pass and play”
- Online multiplayer games available for up to 6 players
- Post your scores to Game Center and climb the leaderboards

This Universal app runs on all iOS devices.

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Sage Board Games is an independent software developer, focusing on bringing award-winning and classic board games to mobile devices. With a veritable "who's who" of Euro games already licensed and many popular titles already published, Sage Board Games has become one of the premiere sources of iOS board games.

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Ragnar Brothers have designed a range of popular board games and game rules over the last 20 years and this version of one of their top titles has been fully approved by and developed in cooperation with them.

What’s New

Version 1.5

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Fixed AI crash bug with Arabs Empire.
Added visible tap targets for placing Event fleets.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Paul McGuane ,

Faithful to the Boardgame; minor glitches

Great value! Highly repeatable game play. AI is a bit wonky where the AI players sometimes don’t take obvious overrun opportunities. Occasional glitches with event cards. Mostly faithful to the board versions (but I haven’t played the most recent versions, so take that with a grain of salt).

Former fan of Apple ,

Ok, but some of the features don’t work

Great map and overall concept, but the execution and factory testing is somewhat lacking. Some of the event cards don’t work. Example, I chose a disaster event card, the interface then told me to select a province to apply the disaster to (it even highlighted the eligible provinces), but when I clicked on a province nothing happened. I clicked everywhere on the map, nothing happened. Now I am stuck in the event card transaction with no way to get out of it except close the app and start a whole new game. Very frustrating.

sclark88 ,

Favorite game

Been playing this flawlessly for years and long been one of my favorite iPad games, a combination of Civ and Risk. A bug was introduced in a recent updates but they responded quickly to fix it (thank you!).

Edit: Had to add that twice I reported an AI bug with the Arabs and both times they fixed it right away. Great support from Sage!

App Privacy

The developer, Codito Development Inc., has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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