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 (136 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 20, 2009
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"A city builder game with a big focus on combat, next to the standard city creation. Pay your tribute to a PC genre that died out by now and try this."

About This Game

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
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fun all the way through, until eventually the Multiplayer Servers were shut down. I bought this game specifically to challenge myself and my friends into who could build the better town. Sadly, I can no longer do that. However, whilst the game was still Live.. It was super exciting, Quick and actually made me think! There are many ways to build a Town and conquer the rest in the Neighborhood, how will you build?
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game looks exactly like Civ City: Rome that works tho. I still don't see anything unique besides the annoying Text-To-Speech narrator.
If you like slow-paced management, this game is for you.

(The vote is still a Yes for the effort put in the game.)
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Before you buy, theres a demo..

Personally this Game is a City-Builder, Total War like Combat and the battle animations are pretty cool.

A Delicious Potato, I like Potato..
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Dear lord. The camera controls. Limited zoom out made it impossible to place buildings near a hill. Just unintuitive overall. Not enjoyable.
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2 of 19 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
crashes at start with dual monitors.
lazy dev deserves no recommendations.
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
89.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Don't buy this, unless it's on a bargain!

The army controls are artrocious and I've encountered a savegame-corrupting bug. City-building in this game is fun, though. So if you want to build a Roman city, buy it on a bargain. If you wanna play a Roman conqueror, buy Total War: Rome 2.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Can't stop playing all night!!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
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
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Very nice game and one if not maybe the best city builder out there.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Good luck if everything in town doesn't catch on fire.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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 :-/
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
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.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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