Impressions Games

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Impressions Games
Industry computer and video game industry
Founded 1989
Defunct April 2004
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Key people
David Lester: founder
Products Caesar series

Lords of the Realm series

and others
Owner Sierra On-Line/Sierra Entertainment (1995-2004)
Website (archived)

Impressions Games was a video game developer founded by David Lester in the UK. He sold the company to Sierra On-Line in 1995,[1] who was then bought out by Cendant and eventually, Vivendi Universal (now known as Vivendi SA).

Impressions specialized in historical strategy games, and is most well known for its City Building Series, which include Caesar, Pharaoh, and Zeus: Master of Olympus.

Mike Ryder, former president of Sierra Entertainment, forced a change in management in October 2001, during development of Lords of the Realm III. Rod Nakamoto was installed as the new director. Lords III became Impressions's final game, and was released to mediocre reviews in March 2004.

The studio was shut down in April 2004 when Vivendi Universal closed most of their game development studios. Many members of the studio moved on to form Tilted Mill Entertainment.

Former notable employees of Impressions include Chris Beatrice and Peter Haffenreffer, co-founders of Tilted Mill Entertainment and Simon Bradbury, founder of Firefly Studios.

Games developed

Games published

  • Emperor of the Mines (1989)
  • Breach 2 (1990)
  • Rorke's Drift (1990)
  • The Final Conflict (1990)
    • Breach 2 Enhanced (1991)
  • Cohort: Fighting for Rome (1991)
  • Merchant Colony (1991)
  • Crime City (1992)
  • Paladin II (1992)
  • Cohort II: Fighting for Rome (1993)
  • Rules of Engagement 2 (1993)
  • Breach 3 (1995)


  1. ^ "Impressions Games". MobyGames. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  2. ^ Cirulis, Martin E. (February 1994). "The Year The Stars Fell". Computer Gaming World. pp. 94–104.

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