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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Very Positive (19 reviews) - 94% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (337 reviews) - 73% of the 337 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Celtic Warrior
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Not the best city builder game but decent.Well worth the pricetagg they ask for.
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eAtom
357.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
If you are here because you played all the Realtime City Builders that came before this game e.g. Caesar - Caesar IV, Tropico - Tropico 5, Anno, etc you will be happy with this game. It introduces 'Flow Resources' to the genre and is a welcome change. It has all the features of similar games and is pretty stable today, 2016 in Windows 10.

The setting is enjoyable and there is a long Campaign. Get the Expansion too if it is on sale, as it adds more missions to increase playtime.
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max.cooper1994
22.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Fantastic game! Took me a bit to understand it but I enjoy playing and creating my own city's.
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.:SocraM:.
58.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
This is a worthy successor of one of my favourite city-building games of all-time, Caesar III. It has a lengthy campaign and the bonus objectives for each level are an excellent feature that keeps the game interesting and challenging. The only drawbacks are the poor camera controls and zoom and limited combat options. The visuals and graphics are very good, transforming the experience of carefully building a city very rewarding. If you are a fan of city-building games, I recommend this game as a good addition to your collection.
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tikitiki21
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 18
So this this is for the people who want to buy this game.

Its a nice city building strategy game. Amazing story that gives you the feeling that your a real man/woman in rome. Nice leveling system. Grand graphics-no pun intended. No bugs found.

Tips for people new to the game:
Make sure hygiene is high-believe just believe me.
Make sure there is always a place for firefighters.

My personal experience with the game is pretty cool. As I already said no bugs found. Good voice acting for the characters. Nice historical events actually if you want your kid/s to learn history.And if your there just to build and thrive. Hands down its a good game.
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YAMATO
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
Product received for free
add me plz
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Ravenscar
21.8 hrs
Posted: August 14
I'm a Roman historian, and the fact that the insulae have Latin graffiti on their walls, well... that's enough for me.

(It's actually a really solid city building strategy that I used to play the hell out of in the day, with awesome graphics, nice character development that makes playthrough a bit more unique, and a really solid playstyle. At $4.00 on sale when I bought it, you really can't bloody complan!)
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tzeng0523
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
Endless fun. many kinds of building, many kinds of unit, Rome-style battle and city management. Love it
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JC
10.3 hrs
Posted: August 11
I really enjoy strategy and city builder games but this one is unique in many ways. For an older game it really does look very nice. It has minor RTS features, but they are much more about flavor, than any sort of challenge. walking your roman troops through the city is fun, but not really a combat challenge by any means.

to me the game is much more about just making grand cities, than anything else. the missions give you unique maps to use, so you can make your cities in a varriety of ways. Some maps are absolutly huge too and it becomes a challenge to really fill the map. The game also gives you the option of making a leader with all the points at the start of the game, so you can play through the campaign with less challenge, but the ablity to make much larger cities.

In many ways the game is just about making grand Roman cities.. and i'm ok with that. I find it an enjoyable city builder for the casual fan, or even the die hard that is just looking for something fun. Get the Gold pack, as the expansion just adds lots more of a good thing, letting you make bigger cities through the perks, and adds many new buildings and maps.
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FML
44.7 hrs
Posted: August 11
This game is great! It recommended to buy for any city building and managing fans out there. I wish there are more enemies though and the ability to take over territories before settling in.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This game is very fun and worth the money that you will spend on it. This is the original Grand Ages game, not that imposter called "Grand Ages: Medieval". That games garbage compared to this.

Things I didn't like is how the camera works, but that's minor compared to how great this game is. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't have a sequel yet!! Why not?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I really enjoy strategy and city builder games but this one is unique in many ways. For an older game it really does look very nice. It has minor RTS features, but they are much more about flavor, than any sort of challenge. walking your roman troops through the city is fun, but not really a combat challenge by any means.

to me the game is much more about just making grand cities, than anything else. the missions give you unique maps to use, so you can make your cities in a varriety of ways. Some maps are absolutly huge too and it becomes a challenge to really fill the map. The game also gives you the option of making a leader with all the points at the start of the game, so you can play through the campaign with less challenge, but the ablity to make much larger cities.

In many ways the game is just about making grand Roman cities.. and i'm ok with that. I find it an enjoyable city builder for the casual fan, or even the die hard that is just looking for something fun. Get the Gold pack, as the expansion just adds lots more of a good thing, letting you make bigger cities through the perks, and adds many new buildings and maps.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This game is great! It recommended to buy for any city building and managing fans out there. I wish there are more enemies though and the ability to take over territories before settling in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Endless fun. many kinds of building, many kinds of unit, Rome-style battle and city management. Love it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I'm a Roman historian, and the fact that the insulae have Latin graffiti on their walls, well... that's enough for me.

(It's actually a really solid city building strategy that I used to play the hell out of in the day, with awesome graphics, nice character development that makes playthrough a bit more unique, and a really solid playstyle. At $4.00 on sale when I bought it, you really can't bloody complan!)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Not the best city builder game but decent.Well worth the pricetagg they ask for.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
78 of 83 people (94%) 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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73 of 94 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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40 of 44 people (91%) 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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34 of 40 people (85%) 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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