Raise massive armies, embark on epic campaigns to expand the Empire, and take control of the known world! Engage in grand-scale city building and create magnificent cities with creativity and control like never before.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (131 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 20, 2009
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Raise massive armies, embark on epic campaigns to expand the Empire, and take control of the known world! Engage in grand-scale city building and create magnificent cities with creativity and control like never before. Intuitive controls make it easy to launch bone-crushing combat missions and manage every aspect of your thriving civilization.
After decades in exile, your family name has been all but forgotten in Rome. But, the departure of the tyrant Sulla has changed everything, and Rome stands on the brink of a new era. Sides must be chosen as Caesar and Pompey battle for control of the Republic. The stage is set for you to gain power and influence over one of the greatest civilizations in history.
Advanced Battle System
Take command of 18 different military units, including naval command, elephant cavalry, and mercenary forces. Recruit citizens of Rome, draft captured enemy forces, and pay foreign squads for their special skills. Defend and expand the Empire by land and sea with exciting RTS gameplay.
Intense Multiplayer
Online multiplayer functionality with 6 different strategy modes — play competitively or cooperatively. Create buddy lists and challenge your friends to a battle, or use the matching system and take on an unknown foe with the same skill level. Advance your career and increase your rank from praetor to consul and beyond.
Epic Campaigns
Rub shoulders with Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and more in a non-linear historical campaign featuring over 40 missions. Choose your own fate as you create and destroy alliances with more than 20 different historical figures. Celebrate your victories by erecting legendary monuments such as the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, the Pantheon, and more.
Complex Economy
Flow resources eliminate tedious micromanagement, giving you the freedom to create thriving cities with multi-leveled economic systems. Information overlays visualize the city economy and satisfaction of the people on every location on the map.
4X REAL-TIME STRATEGY:
ExplorE — Journey to ancient Gaul, Britannia, Egypt, and more to colonize barbarians and establish new trade routes.
Expand — Stake your claim throughout the known world in the name of Rome! Help build the empire through military conquest and economic prowess.
Exploit — Natural resources are yours for the taking as you establish farming, mining, and logging operations. Raze barbarian villages for riches, labor, and property.
ExtErminatE — Destroy all who stand in the way of Rome's glory! Defend your territories by land and sea to secure peace and prosperity for the empire.
  • Detailed citybuilding alongside rtS combat dramatically widens audience.
  • Competitively priced within the genre.
  • Extensive online multiplayer connectivity — play competitively or cooperatively.
  • Game's scale is far beyond the city of rome, allowing players to experience all areas of the roman Empire by land and sea.

System Requirements

    • Operating system: Windows® XP & Vista
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Single Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard disk space: 4 GB
    • Video: 128 MB 3d Video Card (GeForce® 6600/Radeon® 9600 or better)
    • DirectX® Version: 9c
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
This is a surprisingly solid game in the out of fashion genre of city builders, most comparable to the Caesar/Pharoah/Emperor series. It's got a weird learning curve since there are a shockingly large variety of different mechanics behind resources but once it's understood it's quite fun. There's a lot of content and a long campaign of reasonably bite sized missions.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
This game is basicly the setlers but more military, and less economic and is of coarse Roman.

If u liked the setlers then you will like this
Posted: October 14
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
an even worse version of Imperium Romanum
Posted: October 18
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62.5 hrs on record
I've spent several hours playing this game. When I was younger, I was a huge fan of Age of Empires (1, 2, and 3). Caesar II was another great game. Sim City? Not so much. But that's what this game offers: a hybrid play-style between city building/management and conquest. It's largely dependent on city building and the conquest aspect can be downplayed quite a bit, but overall, this game has three big advantages to it.

1. Replayability- You have several "families" to choose from. Each one has unique abilities that allow for entirely different play styles. Some stress combat, others stress research, others favor popularity, and still others are ruthless slavers (morally wrong but mechanicall SUPER AWESOME)

2. Simplicity- While far from overly simplistic, this game allows users to quickly learn the city building and combat systems via the tutorial and then basic trial and error. Just accomplishing the basic objectives of the game can be be challenging, but the game provides several optional objectives that can radically alter how difficult a level can be.

3. Customization- The world map offers different ways of reaching your final objective (helping the Empire while helping yourself). Furthermore, for every successful mission (as well as bonuses from extra objectives), you gain dinarii you can spend on estates that enhance your governor. You can use these and points made by leveling up to make a unique governor who excels in certain parts of combat/city building.

I've spent HOURS playing this game. And you can too. I'm even preparing a FAQ to help others play. An oldie but a goodie.
Posted: September 29
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13.8 hrs on record
It's a very fun and addicting RTS.
Posted: October 3
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20.1 hrs on record
Great game and good re-play value, though the STONE building tend to catch on fire more than WOOD building do, thats really the only downside
Posted: September 27
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44.2 hrs on record
Can't stop playing all night!!
Posted: October 12
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41.2 hrs on record
Very nice game and one if not maybe the best city builder out there.
Posted: October 13
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6.2 hrs on record
Lots of good old,traditional city builder concepts but hindered by a camera that borders on "game breaking". I'll still keep playing, but ohhhhh that camera :-/
Posted: October 14
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4.4 hrs on record
Good luck if everything in town doesn't catch on fire.
Posted: October 13
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0.9 hrs on record
If you're expecting something like a modern version of the classic Caesar series, think again. This game is visually stunning but otherwise not very good at all.
Posted: October 19
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43 of 52 people (83%) found this review helpful
89.8 hrs on record
To all negative reviews saying that buildings catch on fire too often: learn to play the game. As long as your population has all its needs satisfied, you will never have criminals. I've played the campaign multiple times and never ONCE had a criminal light a building on fire.

7.5/10
Posted: August 4
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
I like it so far still trying to get the hang of the game but I enjoy it and I think that those strategy demons out there that love a good strategy mixed with a little bit of simulation I think that you will like this game as well as others with the same feel.
Posted: August 15
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
I like this game. Yes, its kind of dated and visuals are way less than todays standards. And, thinking back even when this game came out 4 years ago, the graphics wouldve been pretty poor. But their functional. This game starts out slow as you learn and you wonder if it will get good....and I have to say Its kept me pretty interested. Rome and Greece are my favorite periods for strategy gaming (and ww2 of course). So I can recommend this game for you. Especially at this price.
Posted: June 28
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
I give this game a 2/5... Mainly because of the camera movement and building placement controls... Also it is very limited in details, the number of commodities and strategies..... This is basically a knock-off of a very old game called Caesar III by Sierra Games... Caesar III was so popular, it spun off other titles such as Caesar IV , Zeus , Pharaoh , and Poseidon.... If you want to play a city building game based on Roman times, I suggest you get Caesar III instead of this game... The gameplay is full of detail, logical, and the controls in the game are strait forward and easy to use.... It's going for $10 on Amizon.com ... 9-14-2014
Posted: September 14
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Poorly optimized.

I can't run on max settings using an nvidia 690 with an i7, settings a bit lower also give me trouble.

I haven't been able to alt tab or minimize either without having to go to task manager and crash the game.

The game looks decent, but I can't recommend it soley on its performance issues with top of the line hardware.

Edit: I can't even get the classic missions to work, its a very buggy game. DO NOT BUY.
Posted: May 7
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Horrid game spent another 4 hours on it, thought Id give it a little more time since my first review which was negative and some how did not get posted? So here I go again, If you like watching your buildings burn down every 30 seconds and having to rebuild over and over and over again, go for it. otherwise game has no flow or feel what so ever. I really enjoy RTS games such as Stronghold, Total war, and Empire of Ages but this is just a miss all around. Could go on but not even this review is worth the time I wasted on this game.
Posted: May 2
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
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Posted: September 20
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
As much as I do like this game, it is the second time I've owned it. The first was on a cd collection with four other games so I had assumed that the problems with the game had been the cd. This game is unstable, it lags when buildings finish construction, and locks up at random points, I can't get past mission two, and I had actually made it half way through the game the last time. Until some sort of solution is brought up I would either suggest Ceaser 4, or even Tropico 4 if you want a game that works like this one and is much more stable.
Posted: August 16
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
i do not like how houses go on fire
Posted: July 29
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