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!" -

"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.

Please send us your feedback and requests, and rate the game once you've bought it.

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

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

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings

Could be fun

But it’s too hard as certain cards and abilities don’t work (on my iPhone 8 with the latest iOS). Namely, placing navies or playing cards that require you to select a country to play on such as Pestilence don’t function because there’s no way to select the target...and I’ve tried every combo of tapping and dragging, etc. The same goes for country abilities that require tapping on them to activate or selecting a target. There seems to be now way to proceed so I have to pick the back arrow. Please fix so that you can actually pick things!!!


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!


Great game, but currently broken

I’ve been playing this for a few years, but currently I can’t pick areas to affect with events, which may be a bug related to one of the recent targeting patches.


Codito Development Inc.
153.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013-2017 Codito Development


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