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.
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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
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GameMaster
( 35.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Have to say this game isn't really bad, I Hvae enjoyed the campaign quite a bit but after 21 mission it really started to get boring, it was the same thing over again, build city achieve this goal, with bonus missions that will pressure you or limit you. The combat in this game is okish for what it is, as you won't see much of it. I would compared this game with am Anno game 75% is i city managment 20% in economics and 5% combat. But in the end if you want to create the perfet Roman city this game will definatly be up you alley.

Good Points
-Long campaign
-Can be challenging
-Good City mangament system
-Ok Combat
-Decent Economy
Bad Points
-Become Very Repetitive

Final Score 7/10
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pjvanrijn01
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Nice game, but after 3 hours I got almost continue lag
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Mechalic
( 249.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Absolutely LOVE this game! 10/10

This game seems to be the last in the line of realistic ancient city builders (there have been none since)
- Grand Ages Medieval is a stain on the Grand Ages name and is not a city builder nor set in ancient times.

First up, game runs amazing on Ultra graphics on Windows 10 (if you were unsure it it would run)
- Excellent level of detail, allows you to build beautiful Roman cities, the economy of the game works similar to anno games, I recently spent over 12 hours non stop on the most spectacular city.

If you love history and appreciate the advancements and might that was the Roman Republic/Empire, then you will love this game in all it's detail!
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SexyFeet
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Grand Ages: Rome is one of a very few city building games that satisfies the player's desire to SEE how awesome their work was. This game might have been released some time ago now (2009), but the level of detail is very satisfying. Zooming right down into your city center and watching the hustle and bustle of a Roman city feels -so- good. Very few city builders give you this feeling, with games like SimCity almost reaching the same feeling but falling a little bit short. I also appreciate the accuracy of Roman architecture and culture that this game has. GA:R is designed in such a way that cities the player builds don't look like a player-built city; putting a few hours into a level can make it look like a dev-designed city! As someone who values immersion and depth of detail more than anything in strategy games, GR:A has a special place in my heart for the visual appeal.

One thing I gripe about, though; the size of levels/plots are somewhat small. Upon purchasing and booting the game up, I was expecting something pseudo-open world, or even something where cities are connected in some way (I.E SimCity 2014, where city plots are pretty close together and connected via highways, trade, airports etc.), but unfortunately every plot is an individual gamestate. The military side of the game is also very limited - I feel that the advertisement point of "build massive armies" is a large overstatement. On some plots/levels, there is no actual point to building military structures and units. I'd love it if there were factions in this game that you partook in actual diplomacy with, but this game doesn't use these systems at all. It's entirely about loading up a city plot and building - a sandbox with objectives, if you will.

Pros:

-Amazing visual dazzle and grandure

-Respects and keeps to the Rome of classical times

-Very liberating in terms of customisation and building

-Decent military aspect, but limited

-Good use of resource management/trade

Cons:

-Closed off game world

-Lack of open-world grandure

8/10. Right up there with Anno City-Builders!
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Sam
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Quiet Disappoint in this game
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Shinki Chen
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This game is a disaster. It's very bad optimalised and it doesn't even provide any fun while playing it.
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ms_mic
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I thought it would be better Imperium Romanum Gold Edition, but I am wrong.
the graphic is good, but the others aspects are poor than Imperium Romanum.
There are many types of military units you can recruit, but all you need are a few elite unit, just train them to a level higher than barbarian, as barbarian cannot level up, then you can defeat in defend and gain further level up. then you can use one squad to win 3 barbarian units.
Now you can conquest the village instead of just burn them down, but the resource gain from them are negligible
The UI is very poor,

I can see the door direction in Imperium Romanum, but it gone in Grand Ages: Rome.
The building panel is laggy.
The when you build a road, the system will help you auto connect two ends, but the fact is that it often can't connect due to angle, the road is too short, slope.
I cannot select and see my citizen which can in Imperium Romanum.

There are 2 improvement that I admire.
1. you can finally ask slaves to work instead of just doing "logistic"
2. You can upgrade food and production building so you don't need to expand your city too large which is easier to maintain a small city than a large one

If you like this type of game, go buy Imperium Romanum Gold Edition.
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Alexandros(GR)
( 134.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Live the Roman Dream!!! Build and fight to hold and expand your empire!!!

Grades: From 1-5 ( not satisfied at all 1 - 5 very satisfied).

Plot: 4
Graphics: 5
Gameplay: 5
Control: 5
Music: 5
Animations: 5
Environment: 5
Sounds/Dialogs: 5
Cinematic Videos: -
Difficulty: 5
Average: 4.9
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Wedge
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Got this on bundle, didn’t enjoy it.
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Landstander
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
this game is amazing. that is all there is too play. i cannot wait to spend more hours on it
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floating point math is not fun
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Good city management game similar to games some of you might have played as kids such as Caesar 3.

The game comes with 2 campaigns of decent length and multiplayer which is dead but you can still play with a friend.

The construction and mantaining of the city is actually very simple in this game. So simple that hardcore fanatics of the genre might actually be turned off. However it is still fun. Combat is also present in the game but it is also pretty shallow. Basically right click and who has the bigger army wins.

That being said if you looking for an easier game in the genre this is definitely that.
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TheCursedJester
( 79.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Brilliant little city builder with plenty of missions and combat elements while being rather beautiful to boot.

If you don't want to strive for building perfect layouts the game lets you just focus on the missions, though those who do are rewarded adequately for their hard work.

Big Pros:
It's quick to jump in and out of because you're not weighed down by needless micromanagement. Has quite a few missions and side objectives (especially with addons) which are replayable. You can level up your personal profile for perks to aid you in said missions. City layout is completely customiseable and if you're not a big fan of fighting it won't weigh you down either.

Big Cons:
Lack of micromanagement and resource allocation might put off players looking for complicated game to play. Some maps are repeated in missions and have limited space. Combat is limited too. The only real challenge once you defeat enemy AI is your own mistakes during city building or achieving / racing the clock on objectives.
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DR. WHO
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
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markosm54
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
I am having troubles downloading this gave. It use to work but now it won't start.
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Hero of Kvatch
( 34.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Very fun city building game with limited military aspects.
You spend most of your time building your city and managing resources and needs. Every building consumes and produces resources and they work off of each other. Houses require certain services to be near them depending on the class of the citizens. There is also trading and crime and popularity and all that stuff to manage.
If you are patient the combat is easy because you can build up your military and then just crush all the barbarians on the map. You can also draw the enemies to your towers and watch them die to hails of arrows. The only stressful missions are when the enemies assault your town, but it's easy enough to deal with it with good defenses. Overall the military part of the game is very simple as there aren't a lot of commands you can give your men and positioning hardly matters. The real fun is city designing.

On a technical level the game is very nicely designed. Graphics look nice, and once your town gets going you can zoom down into the city and watch your little citizens walking to work or the store, fights happening at the arena, people preaching at the temple, etc. The downside is I have had the game crash and even freeze my computer sometimes (it is an old PC though).

I'd like to point something out if you buy this: I have come across a lot of people on the internet complaining that their buildings constantly catch fire and they can't do anything. This happens because of crime or buildings being left unattended.
To stop general deterioration make sure every workplace has employees.
To stop crime you just need to keep all of your citizens satisfied by planning your town correctly. The classes have different needs and you need to lay everything out for them before making houses.

-Plebians need water, food, and jobs.
-Equites need water, food, entertainment, and jobs.
-Patricians need water, food, entertainment, religion, olive oil, clothes, and jobs. (olive oil and cloth is taken from your resource store; you dont need the production nearby)

Some of these needs require of chain of production, so just plan ahead of time.
Do this right and you will have zero fires.
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miia
( 205.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
love it. more please
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Mrepitome
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
If you've played Caesar III and the other series, Zeus, and Pharaoh/Cleopatra then you'll likely enjoy Grand Ages Rome. Just like these games, you'll have to build housing, aquaducts, entertainment, and other sorts of buildings to make the people happy. The only difference is that Grand Ages ditched the roads and replaced them with a radius. Instead of trying to fit a whole bunch of public and private structures on one long stretch of road, you'll be allocating all sorts of buildings in strategic areas to maximize their effects. Since Caesar IV cannot be acquire via through PC digitial download/i.e without a CD disk, then Grand Ages is the alternative.
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Dawid
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 18, 2015
11/10

Good game make me kill my whole familly
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C R O S E R
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2015
made my own strategy build 2 wood camp two brick workshop and 1 pig farm 1 wheat farm 1 butcher shop and one bakery 1 arena 2 temple and lastly aforum play like this and you should face any challenge
10\10
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FuzzyEmuPug
( 31.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
BUILD,BUILD,DESTROY!!!!!

Interesting game i must say, good campain, good Leveling system. Challenging gameplay! Yet you can build your own city
and challenge nearby Barbaric villages. Gain resorces, gain money, and gain power. Custom cities. you can build forever
DAYS AND DAYS OF ROMAN BUILDINGS AND POOLS. Godmode is an option also. I myslef do not use it because i like challenges. I only got the DLC for Multiplayer. BUYING MULTIPLAYER!!!!!! STUPID PEOPLE DONT BUY MULIPLAYER!!!!
They like enjoying games not wasting money on it YOU MORONS! - not the people who play this game. you guys are nice and very smart most likely, i was speaking to the developers for being sellouts on there own game. They could have added THE AUGUSTUS DLC without the multiplayer. They should have put the multiplayer in the game itself not with a dlc who had that idea! a guy who wanted prophit. to be mean. goofy. nein, he did to add it to the game because they ment for the game to a solo game but it was to late, therefor they added it to the game because it was a popular game until medieval. so they added a DLC to add the muliplayer. for our enjoyment.They are nice guy i promise. *Cross my fingers*: So it is all in all a good game i love the developers for making it as it is a good experience. if you play with friends and family. solo is not that fun but, it will do so for now i will play but there is no-one to play it with sadly.
GOOD GAME IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO IT WAS A CHEAP MOVE PUTTING THE MULTIPLAYER IN THE DLC THOUGH!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This game is a disaster. It's very bad optimalised and it doesn't even provide any fun while playing it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Brilliant little city builder with plenty of missions and combat elements while being rather beautiful to boot.

If you don't want to strive for building perfect layouts the game lets you just focus on the missions, though those who do are rewarded adequately for their hard work.

Big Pros:
It's quick to jump in and out of because you're not weighed down by needless micromanagement. Has quite a few missions and side objectives (especially with addons) which are replayable. You can level up your personal profile for perks to aid you in said missions. City layout is completely customiseable and if you're not a big fan of fighting it won't weigh you down either.

Big Cons:
Lack of micromanagement and resource allocation might put off players looking for complicated game to play. Some maps are repeated in missions and have limited space. Combat is limited too. The only real challenge once you defeat enemy AI is your own mistakes during city building or achieving / racing the clock on objectives.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
134.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Live the Roman Dream!!! Build and fight to hold and expand your empire!!!

Grades: From 1-5 ( not satisfied at all 1 - 5 very satisfied).

Plot: 4
Graphics: 5
Gameplay: 5
Control: 5
Music: 5
Animations: 5
Environment: 5
Sounds/Dialogs: 5
Cinematic Videos: -
Difficulty: 5
Average: 4.9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I thought it would be better Imperium Romanum Gold Edition, but I am wrong.
the graphic is good, but the others aspects are poor than Imperium Romanum.
There are many types of military units you can recruit, but all you need are a few elite unit, just train them to a level higher than barbarian, as barbarian cannot level up, then you can defeat in defend and gain further level up. then you can use one squad to win 3 barbarian units.
Now you can conquest the village instead of just burn them down, but the resource gain from them are negligible
The UI is very poor,

I can see the door direction in Imperium Romanum, but it gone in Grand Ages: Rome.
The building panel is laggy.
The when you build a road, the system will help you auto connect two ends, but the fact is that it often can't connect due to angle, the road is too short, slope.
I cannot select and see my citizen which can in Imperium Romanum.

There are 2 improvement that I admire.
1. you can finally ask slaves to work instead of just doing "logistic"
2. You can upgrade food and production building so you don't need to expand your city too large which is easier to maintain a small city than a large one

If you like this type of game, go buy Imperium Romanum Gold Edition.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Good city management game similar to games some of you might have played as kids such as Caesar 3.

The game comes with 2 campaigns of decent length and multiplayer which is dead but you can still play with a friend.

The construction and mantaining of the city is actually very simple in this game. So simple that hardcore fanatics of the genre might actually be turned off. However it is still fun. Combat is also present in the game but it is also pretty shallow. Basically right click and who has the bigger army wins.

That being said if you looking for an easier game in the genre this is definitely that.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Got this on bundle, didn’t enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Very fun city building game with limited military aspects.
You spend most of your time building your city and managing resources and needs. Every building consumes and produces resources and they work off of each other. Houses require certain services to be near them depending on the class of the citizens. There is also trading and crime and popularity and all that stuff to manage.
If you are patient the combat is easy because you can build up your military and then just crush all the barbarians on the map. You can also draw the enemies to your towers and watch them die to hails of arrows. The only stressful missions are when the enemies assault your town, but it's easy enough to deal with it with good defenses. Overall the military part of the game is very simple as there aren't a lot of commands you can give your men and positioning hardly matters. The real fun is city designing.

On a technical level the game is very nicely designed. Graphics look nice, and once your town gets going you can zoom down into the city and watch your little citizens walking to work or the store, fights happening at the arena, people preaching at the temple, etc. The downside is I have had the game crash and even freeze my computer sometimes (it is an old PC though).

I'd like to point something out if you buy this: I have come across a lot of people on the internet complaining that their buildings constantly catch fire and they can't do anything. This happens because of crime or buildings being left unattended.
To stop general deterioration make sure every workplace has employees.
To stop crime you just need to keep all of your citizens satisfied by planning your town correctly. The classes have different needs and you need to lay everything out for them before making houses.

-Plebians need water, food, and jobs.
-Equites need water, food, entertainment, and jobs.
-Patricians need water, food, entertainment, religion, olive oil, clothes, and jobs. (olive oil and cloth is taken from your resource store; you dont need the production nearby)

Some of these needs require of chain of production, so just plan ahead of time.
Do this right and you will have zero fires.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
NOT COMPATIABLE WITH DUAL MONITORS OR WIN7 AND BEYOND!

When I first ran this game all I got was a black screen. After checking the forums I got this game to sort of run.

You can only play in windowed mode. Once you move the game window or click outside of it or anything like that, you can't scroll sideways in the game anymore unless you exit the game. ALT-ENTER doesn't work and you can't run it with the window covering the whole screen, since then you can't see the selections at the bottom and if you move the window, then scrolling becomes an issue.

My 2 hours of fame is trying to get thru the slightly broken tutorial twice. Second time I figured out how to get past building the trade post.

Thankfully I got it in a bundle.
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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
I bought this game because years ago I was a fan of the Impressions Games city-building series, particularly Caesar and Pharoah. This game builds on the same premise, with the building of cities in Rome while raising armies to attack and defend. Like Pharoah, it is a blend of city-building simulation and RTS except there is a stronger implementation of the RTS elements here.

Visually, the game looks pretty good. Not the best graphics by modern standards, but bounds above the old Impressions games.

The biggest problem with this game is that it's a lot to learn and take in very quickly. There are some tutorials for that, though. It's not the steepest learning curve, it's nothing compared to some of the Paradox games, but it is a game that requires you take the time to learn it.
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69 of 89 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
89.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
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
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
267.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2015
I love this game (clearly by the time I've spent playing). I like the way resources are handled. Mainly, I love the properties and abilities which carry over from mission to mission. Basically, as you complete secondary missions, you accrue PERSONAL wealth and experience. The wealth allows you to buy properties which give permanent resource bonuses to every story map you play on.

If you liked the old Sierra city builders, you will probably enjoy this.
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
I have played this game ever since it came out,my steam playing time doesn't seem like it,I honestly had this game from a non-steam retail for a long time,but here I am now
This game has a quite impressive graphic in its time,although its nothing compare to nowaday's games,but I have to say its gameplay feature might surpass most of these days's city building game.Some might think this game is an amazing RTS to be games,like the big guy series such as Total War,and then end up disappointing because they can't keep their city building from burning the first few minutes of gameplay and few enemies around.To all complainer,learn how to play this game properly! This is a city building,not RTS.
The game is hard for beginner,it has strategy element,but it doesn't have much to do with military aspect of this game.The strategy I'm talking about here is city planning.Beginner who has their trouble with building large city might need to consider this,its not a base building game,so they can't just place block of building all they want and expect the city itself can adjust to what they want.And they end up having building being burned down by high criminal rate because of poor management.
It takes city planning to makes the best city out of the base resources you have,the game is all about management,so anyone who gave a bad review about this game because of themselves failing to take a city challenge and start blaming it on the developer,they need to learn how to play.
Multiplayer is pretty much dead,so I can't argue with bad reviewer about this one,I myself also has issue with Multiplayer.First off,city building game is a time consuming game,but there is no multiplayer save feature,everyone end up having to play over just because their connection is unstable or the game might somehow crashed during the match.Secondly,the base server of this game seem unstable,I can't keep a match long enough that can decide the winner just because of network issue.
Other than that,this is a pretty good game.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
91.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
I started playing this game again recently, and discovered how fun the Campaigns are to play. Previously I had only used the Free Build mode.

The Good
Campaign System
The campaign is simple. It has a simple reward system which gives you money and talents at the end of each task, which you can then use to buy estates or upgrade your city building skills, giving you resource advantges before you move on to the next task. Quite a simple mechanic, but one which adds just enough interest to make the game long lasting fun, and which fits in well with the overall gamepaly.

Gameplay
Grand Ages Rome has a nice balance between complexity and easy of play. It is in some ways similar to Anno 1404, the main difference being the campaign system and the fact that production buildings in Grand Ages can only be placed where there is an appropriate natural resource. This latter difference makes it a bit more challenging than the Anno series, in my opinion.

There is an overlay system that allows you to see the state of the city's satisification with regard to food, entertainment and religion, so you can see at once the effect of placing a building in a particular area. The buildings have a simple upgrade system that depends on your level of research. There is also a simple trade system allows trading with a choice of towns trading at different prices. The simplicty of this system fits the gameplay perfectly.

While it is quite easy to create a small settlements in a peaceful area, creating and maintaining one that is periodically attacked by barbarians offers a greater challenge. Fighting is simple, but again, I think it has the right balance in the overall gameplay. You can recruit units from certain segments of the population, and build training and upgrade centres for them. Oh, and it has walls too. The upcoming Grand Ages: Medieval, doesn't. In fact this is one of the things that has prompted me to write this review. Walls are good! We need walls in games like these. Rome also has towers with slits in them that automatically fire arrows at attackers. I love this feature although it is easy to abuse if you need to repel an attacking army.

Graphics
One thing I really like about Grand Ages: Rome are the stunning graphics. Even in 2015, the graphics still look good when the settings are cranked up. The Roman architecture is accurately done and looks beautiful close up, with astonishing attention to detail. The camera has this nice feature that allows you to zoom in to street level and get an impression of what the city looks like if you are actually a citizen living in it, allowing full movement through the city. This is another difference to Anno 1404's postcard view. The way the city comes alive with perfectly animated little figures is also very well done. From a distance, your city really does look like a Roman city, and you can't help but take screenshots of it.

The Not so Good...
I'm very positive to this game but there are a few areas that could have been done better...

Camera Controls
As I already mentioned, I love the fact that you can zoom into to street level and see things from a citizen's point of view, but the camera controls are clunky. Also, zooming right out switches to a static 3D map view which gives an overview of the area you are building in. However, it is not possible to do anything when in this zoomed out mode. I think the game could have benefitted from having camera controls that are similar to the classic Total War series.

Research
One thing I think was too easy was carrying out research. All it requires is a school and a simple house for teachers to live in, both of which you can build early on in a game. Libraries and Philosophers Academies aren't necessary, as they offer only the same research possibilities as schools. Why not have the more advanced buildings that offer new and different research possibilities, as in the C&C games?

Conclusion: Grand Ages: Rome is a good solid city building game that looks stunning, and I'm sure you will enjoy it all the more if you have an interest in Ancient Rome. In fact I'd say that it's the best Roman city building game there is.
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Recommended
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Its better than it looks. I got this on a side deal from some game, Warband i guess.. It turned being good, im enjoying it. If you liked old days of caesar city builder, or pharaoh, this is a good game. It have even more history and culture on Rome than Rome 2! Well, TBH Rome 2 is pretty bad and blunt. Anyway, apart from some bad drawings and lack of a proper in game manual/encyclopedia, this game is good.
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Recommended
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
This game is really really intense!
I like the Roman History and i like the possibility to take part in the History of this great ancient time! You really can enjoy the beautiful looking graphics and the gameplay. A mix of strategy and citybuilding!
Take this game! U will have a lot of fun and a game full of possibilities...

One of the best game Kalypso EVER made!

Buy it!

Cheers!
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
I will always go back to this game to loose yet again, to watch my buildings burn to the ground in utter shame. For how ever often I leave this milestone in gaming history, it always pulls be back for more.
Is it the feeling of playing God, or just those wonderful animations of buildings popping up?
The game has a lot of depth and can catch you out if your not quick enough to see a crysis looming up.
I had a pig, grape, weat and somthing else farm going and yet still my buildings were burnt because of food not being varied enough!?
I warmly recommend this game because it grasps hold of those simple human needs and pulls on your emosional strings so well ;-]
Tip Do both tutorials!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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.
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Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
This game came out on steam in 2009, it is currently my favourite game on steam - for this type of strategy / city builder.
For me, Grand Ages: Rome is better than most other games, for it being developed in 2009 it brings a refreshing and a gripping addiction that even the AoE or even the TW series eventually runs dry on.

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Pros:

+Addicting
+Extensive Campaign
+Collective Campaign Missions (keeps your character stats and doesn't reset the skills)
+Multiplayer is constant and rarely lags
+Resources and trading are handled amazingly with various tactics you could use to disrupt your enemy with minimal casualties
+Unlike other boring and frustrating city builders or strategy games, GA: Rome throws at you random barbarian raids and other situations (riots, natural disasters, plaque etc) which you don't see coming and should wisely plan for.
+Technology tree and skill tree are extensive and meaningfull (none of the upgrades are worthless and they all help expand your colony)
+Graphics are superb
+Frame rate only drops when you spam buildings in a huge city
+Frame rate is mostly constant^
+ Plays better than AoE series -----yes I just said that


Cons:

-No enemy factions in custom scenarios
-Maps sometimes feel empty and there is no real need for building walls (other than keeping riots at bay)
-Sadly no way to make custom maps (not any that I have found)
-Tying into the one above; no modding community to alleviate any problems
-No difference in family unit trees or buildings

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I probably could have thought of more Pros and Cons, but these are what stand out for me;
my final verdict is a 7/10 or 8/10 because the game surpasses most 2014/2015 games in its field.



P.S. For Modders : This game deserves poetry;

If you mod and you know it don't ******** blow it, so set up a community so this game doesn't die as sudden as AC: Unity.

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Recommended
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
If you like city building games set in ancient times, get this one. It seems to be easier compared to other city building games like Caesar but overall, it's a good game. I wish there are more games like this.
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Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
I'd buy if you're into this sort of city-building, RTS game. There's nothing particularly impressive about it and the camera controls are a little wonky, but it's entertaining enough. I wouldn't pay full price though.

There is a dual monitor issue the very first time you play the game (it crashes), but it only seems to affect the very first time you run the game. I left the dual monitor on when playing subsequently and haven't had any further issues.
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