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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Not quite sure about the comparisons to classics like Caesar and Pharoh. Those games had much, much different mechanics! In those games, your strategy revolves around road and building placement, but you'll find zero roads here. Grand Ages: Rome reminds me of the game Children of the Nile, which I'm sure almost no one remembers. You'll find yourself free to build as you like, and where you like, but if you build too hastily or don't pay close enough attention to your resources your city will, quite literally, go down in flames. Angry plebs are pyromaniac plebs!

Some things about the game bother me and are incredibly frustrating, like the tight material constraints. It's very easy to overbuild and find yourself in a hole you can't escape. I also made the mistake of leaving ONE house without a job for a whole four minutes and the angry residents decided to burn down my outpost, which was an immediate game over. It is incredibly frustrating when there's no countermeasure to messing up. If you mess up, you lose, which sucks. Because games like this, no matter how 'simple' they may seem, definitely have a learning curve.

I feel like the game tries to channel parts of Caesar, especially with the overworld map and campaign... but doesn't quite hit the mark. On its own, it is an enjoyable game... just beware angry citizens and their stupid torches. Seriously. If they don't get their entertainment, they'll burn this mother to the GROUND!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
It dosnt look like ive played a lot, but i was playing this game on disc release. SO.

pros: +detailed buildings
+ lots of ways to build your city
+ historically accurate
+ challenging to a fun degree
+ skill/perk system
+ great DLC
cons: -after you get the hang of things, the game becomes too easy
- enemies are easily overwhelmed by like 4 squadrons
- no high replay value

although there are fewer cons than pros, they are big ones. i wish i could be able to have huge wars, but, its hard to wage war when you can win with 4 squads.

all in all, i rate a 7/10. great game, has its pros, but you will run into its cons after about 3 or 4 hours of gameplay
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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