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American Conquest

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American Conquest
American Conquest cover
GSC Game World
cdv Software Entertainment
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2002
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes North America
Series American Conquest
American Conquest on HowLongToBeat
American Conquest guide on StrategyWiki
American Conquest on MobyGames
American Conquest on Wikipedia
American Conquest
American Conquest 2002
American Conquest: Fight Back 2003
American Conquest: Divided Nation 2006

American Conquest is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric RTS game in the American Conquest series.

Key points

American Conquest: Fight Back is needed to use mods.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Cossacks World forum - For American Conquest


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1], key for online-play.
Includes American Conquest: Fight Back.
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Slightly updated for modern systems.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Singleplayer and multiplayer demo are both available.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch is 1.46 (Only for retail versions)

Patches can be found here.

Skip intro videos

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename cdv.avi.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/115210/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/115210/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings
General settings


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only; download for digital releases.
Retail only.
Retail only; download for digital releases.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved

Retail version not working on Windows 8 and later

The retail version doesn't work properly on Windows 8 and later.[3][citation needed] Digital versions do not have this problem (see Availability).

Issues fixed

Game running too fast

Running too fast[4]
Like Cossacks, the other title from GSC Game World, American Conquest features a unique engine timing system. While the games' speed is still dependant on the CPU clock, like many older titles, they offer a flexible speed setting in the options menu to enable the user to tweak the speed to his liking.
To make the game more bearable, make sure to:
  • Go to the game settings.
  • Choose "Slow Mode"
  • Decrease the "Game speed" by approximately 10%.
  • Save the settings and go play the game.
If the game is still fast, grab ACClock or CPUGrab.[5][6] If the game reverts back to fast mode, press Ctrl+D in-game.

Color issues

See DirectDraw troubleshooting for solutions.

Game doesn't start

Game doesn't start[7]
If the game doesn't start:
  1. First try deleting the Video folder in the installation folder. Start the game.
  2. If you have one of the 8000 series Nvidia graphics cards, or a similar ATI card, and are running Windows XP, download this ddraw.dll and again, place it in the installation folder. Also be sure you've deleted the Video folder as in step 1. Try starting the game again.
  3. If you are running Vista or Windows 7, download and extract the DMCR.exe into the folder. Try starting the game again. If this doesn't work, and you also have the ddraw.dll in the installation folder from step 2, delete ddraw.dll, and try starting the game again.
    • Antivirus software may think this is a virus, but it assuredly is not.

0% progress in LAN

LAN loading time[citation needed]
This sometimes happens on Windows XP when with 3 or more players on LAN. Note that this is a workaround for this and not an actual fix.
  • Start your multiplayer game as usual, let all players select their nations, and then click the “Ready” button. Now choose the game settings.
  • You will see it still sits on 0% or starts going up very, very slowly, don't panic, press Alt+Tab to go to desktop, wait a second and then go back in the game and you will see it has progressed, again Alt+Tab out of the game, wait a second and go back into the game, again it will have progressed.
  • Keep doing this until it reaches 100%, then click begin game and there you have it! It can take around 4-5 minutes, sometimes you can stay on desktop for a couple of minutes and then go back into game if it hasn't progressed.

Mouse doesn't work

Mouse doesn't work[citation needed]
This kind of issue manifests itself on laptops using Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs, and Nvidia GPUs through Optimus technology. A workaround is possible, though not guaranteed to work.
  • Try fixing this with this tutorial originally intended for Red Alert 2.

Other information

AI Pack

An attempt to improve AI in the game for England, France, Spain, USA, Maya and Iroquois. The main work is on larger city with higher population for a more satisfied battle after a long peacetime. It is only for land battle - the water AI was untouched.
May break AI in multiplayer games.

Other downloads

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.3 GB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
Other 12x CD-ROM drive


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/115210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (115210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).