Qvadriga is a tactical game of chariot racing in ancient Roman circuses, where you take control of a four horse chariot team. Choose your preferred upgrade combinations and prove your skills at the arena.
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Release Date: Jun 13, 2014

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“I’m a little bit in love with Qvadriga”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“a game worth playing for its well-developed mechanics”
8/10 – Softpedia

“Qvadriga really does an awesome job of being the best possible Roman chariot racing game it can be”
A- – Technology Tell

About This Game

Welcome to the Roman circus!

If you have come here it is because you wish to manage your own chariot racing team. Train your drivers and give them the finest equipment and horses. If you do this well, your chariots will provide you with both wealth and fame. but beware! Chariot races are dangerous. Accidents may occur and rival teams might try to harm your charioteers during the race. Make sure you do not grow too attached to your charioteers and always have a replacement available. Good luck!

Qvadriga is a tactical game of chariot racing in ancient Roman circuses, where you take control of a four horse chariot team. Choose your preferred upgrade combinations and prove your skills at the arena. Select the most cunning actions which your team could perform against the best drivers of the old world: shake reins, whip horses, choose lanes, hold tight while negotiating curves, avoid incoming attacks, block enemies path, lacerate and whip them until achieving victory.

Start an epic campaign from the most modest tracks of the empire corners, assemble a mighty team and build your fame through the provinces until reaching enough wealth to finally open the gates of Rome's greatest competition at the Circus Maximus, where you will be able to enter history and reach favour of gods.

Features


  • Historically modeled circuses with all their styles and particularities. Variable sizes, lengths and shapes, from the classic Greek oval hippodrome to the standard Roman circus.
  • Variable number of rivals: Participate in tactical four-team races, dive into mayhem with sixteen opponents.
  • Expert AI able to recognize their situation and maximize their strengths.
  • Dual game system: paused turn-based gameplay (static) or continuous real time action (dynamic). Play which you like.
  • One-click decision making interface triggers a sheer variety of engaging consequences.
  • Upgradable team components: charioteers' skill and constitution can be improved, also chariot’s quality and size and horses' speed and endurance. Any combination is useful, provided you take advantage of its strengths.
  • Six historic factions to belong, which grants particular upgrades to your team.
  • Huge campaign system with seven regions to travel, starting in any of them, from the exotic arenas of the far East to the Northern barbarian borders.
  • 43 circuses to run, seven starting circus available from the beginning, unlock higher category circuses by building your fame.
  • Unique bonus at every city that could affect all competition aspects.
  • Race events enrich campaign altering race conditions. Your faction will try to help in the darkest hours, if you are successful your rivals will make things harder.
  • Buy, sell, heal and repair teams. Find the best components by gaining access to higher category circuses, hire medic, craftsmen and veterinary services to increase performance and configure the most competitive team.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible sound card
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Salarn
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
https://youtu.be/wUZuZnEnH-M

Racers start your engines, well horses?

This turned based roman chariot racer does it best to recreate the excitement and peril of the ancient sport, and success rather well. The campaign mode allows players to build up their racing crew by using price money to upgrade their race teams.

Basic gameplay only requires you to select an action a few times each lap but still creates tense and exciting moments. Sneaking around a competitor or getting trapped and based by a rival.

While the concept is great the presentation leaves a lot of room for improvement. The camera is fixed on your position making it hard to adjust for off screen obstacles. Selecting turn commands would benefit a lot from giving guidelines for predicted outcomes of each choice.
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Miike Something
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
An enjoyable and unexpected game. I really didn't think I'd play this as long as I did, but there's a fair amount of tactical depth within the seemingly dated graphics and interface.

It's a blast racing against as many as 15 other opponents, and while I wish there was some more variation and customization options (late-game races consist of top-tier riders all with basically the same stats), it's fairly challenging experience and it's awesome trying to run a tight corner and watching your biggest rival flip his cart.

I'd recommend playing the fluid-mode instead of turn-based- much more satisfying and challenging.
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seaotters
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
You can whip a horse to death in this game.
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Resolute
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
A very fun little game that quickly keeps you occupied. The only downside is it's about x2 the price it should be.
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Alex
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Such a simple and fun game. I like to play this in a side screen while doing something else.

The mechanics are exceptionally simple and surpassing the AI is not that hard with a little patience. Once you learn the ropes (curves, the commands, what upgrades to what in game), then the game becomes one of patience as you grind your teams.

Really simple... I paid only a few bucks. Easily worth $5 on special. Not worth the list price of $20.

If you like simple games like Desktop Dungeons (although that is more puzzle solver than this), or enjoy grinding skills and a simple structured game, then this is worth a try/buy.

If you want complexity or really nice graphics, move along.
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Torix
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
Maybe not worth the full price but its good fun really !
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Ryan Dorkoski
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Blah, I mean there is a great game hidden somewhere deep inside this clunky bland-looking outdated program, but the asking price and time investment is too steep to bother.

Aside from that, I am not sure if there was an English language barrier for the developers, or maybe they tried to keep with the historic (?)Greek nomenclature, but it makes it very inaccessible.

Essentially, this is a racing simulator that is definately unique. Its turn-based, which is something I really love and totally think there is a niche market for. The execution and final product leave something to be desired, though.

Pros:
+A turn-based roguelike racer is an awesome idea.
+The historic setting could be cool with the right details and execution.

Cons:
-The whole program feels clunky, with awkward and bland textures and colors.
-The nomenclature is confusing, and can turn new players off.
-Overall, its fairly slow - sometimes to the point of being boring.
-The asking price is outrageous.
-The tutorial is wayyy too text-heavy, when it could just show you instead of having you read single-spaced text blocks. I don't mind reading, but the presentation will give you a headache.

Its probably worth a go for less than five bucks. Watch some LetsPlays and you will definately get a feel if this is for you or not.
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Rallemann
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Nice little casual game, I am having fun. I recommend it if you can have it for about 5 EUR.
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justus
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
As many other negative reviews note: this is an interesting concept that becomes repetitive all too quickly. I first heard about Qvadriga via Rock, Paper, Shotgun that called it the Best Racing Game of 2014. I find my tastes often align with RPS so I was looking forward to trying this out.

Qvadriga is a one-man effort from Daniel Soria at Turnopia games, "a humble attempt to achieve the ideal of turn based games". He delivers a relatively unique concept in his chariot-racing game: your charioteer has a pretty decent chance of dying. And there's often not much you can do about it. You're often at the mercy of the RNG. In many ways it feels like a rogue-like. I finished 37 races in my (unfinished) campaign. I came in first on about 33% of them. I had 8 charioteers get killed in the line of duty.

If you embrace that, it means you sometimes are rewarded with more interesting stories than most racing games will give you. Let me tell you about the time that my top-ranked charioteer had his chariot disintegrate underneath him rounding the corner on the final stretch; he was in first place and rather than lose, let his horses drag him the last stretch across the finish line. Or the time my rookie charioteer gambled it all on a risky inner-lane turn to take first place. Or the time, just seconds after the race started, my #1 charioteer got whipped, stunned, and then was whipped to death before the first turn!

Unfortunately, moments like those -- great as they are -- don't make up for the short comings. There seems to be no relationship between "famous charioteers" and their skills in the races. I consistently beat the globally famous guys with 16 wins....and lose out to some no-name guy in the backwaters of Syria. The game seems to level-up your competitors so they are always approximately the same skill as you.

Despite playing for hours, I never once had a charioteer level up. The game gives some indications it is possible but I never saw it happen. That lack of progression contributes to the sense of sameness. I went from Hispania to Gaul to Italy to Macedonia to Syria and the races felt the same no matter where I was. There are a few varieties in track (some are narrow with just 4 chariots, some are wide with 12 chariots) but that's about it.

The "sports management sim" part of the game is pretty thin, as is the campaign. If these were better developed it might make up for the repetition and randomness/lack of skill of the races themselves. I quickly amassed more money than I knew what do with (80,000 denarii and nothing much to spend it on) and often spent it travelling the world just to see if anything was different anywhere.

The core racing is fun but just doesn't offer enough variety. You also have to accept that some races are unwinnable through no fault of your own. If you start out in the middle of a pack of 12, and get lashed by a neighbor, you're going to have difficulty placing. Likewise, sometimes you'll get a random event -- like the one where your charioteer gets bribed to brake after the first turn -- that makes it hard to come out on top.

Those aren't the end of the world, since the game does give you a kind of rogue-like feeling of failure being okay. But it often made me feel like success and failure wasn't really up to me or my tactics. I won around 1/3 of my races but in 1/4 of my races I didn't place in the top three and I had essentially the same team the whole time. (Sure, I went through various charioteers but their stats were all similar.)

There's a lot of potential here but as-is, the novelty wore off for me after a few hours. I'm glad I picked it up on sale and only paid $5, so I feel like I got decent value from the game.
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Figtree
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Messy interface and no in game tutorial. There's a text based "how to play guide". If you can work all of that out you'll be rewarded with poor graphics and minimal customisation.
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Hammershaft
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
This game is excellent! Playing a campaign with dynamic turns is nail bitingly tense, provides tons of depth and interesting trade offs, and is very satisfying.

Dont play with static unless you are learning the mechanics, without a time incentive and the ability to monitor the situation and reapond to new threats the static turns are just inferior.
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jermanicus
( 34.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Good, really enjoyed my time spent on it... i baught it for 5$can and i think it was well worth it.. the game is very strategy oriented and keeps you on your toes, i dont think you ever can sure up a victory. far too many things can go wrong.. but you can get yourself there if your lucky, smart and bold... 3/5 strategy stars (lacking additional content, more could be added off the track), 1/5 Graphics, 3/5 concept.
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Splode
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
This has got to be one of the most half-♥♥♥♥♥ boardgame ports of all time.

This is pretty much exactly the game "Circus Maximus", but the interface is garbage, there's no multiplayer support of any kind, and the game is less polished than most game jam games.

Here's how much the devs cared:
You can go back to the main menu in the middle of a race if it's going badly for you, and there are no repercussions.
You can go back to the main menu from the management screen, then back, to re-roll the products in the market until you get what you want.
The savegame is stored in the installation directory.
Changing the resolution will always re-enable fullscreen.
You can't turn off the music, you can only mute the sound. It will sometimes turn itself back on when you change screens.

The graphics are functional but very ugly. The "how to play" is multiple pages of walls of text that makes the game seem considerably more complicated than it really is. And the font is blurry.

The actual game here is excellent. It's very, very fun. I highly recommend playing this game, but don't buy Qvadriga. Play the boardgame, play the DOS game from 1984 that has multiplayer support, but whatever you do, don't give Slitherine money for making off with someone else's game and half assing it.

I desperately want somebody to port this boardgame, but to do it properly. This is just a waste.
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stcrispin
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
Looks like something programmed in Basic by a 1980's High School Student... Oh... Wait... I programmed something that looked just like this in 1988. I guess thats why im of that opinion.

Probably much better if it were a Board Game.

Good thing I got it for Free.

PS: It doesnt look a good in real life as it does in the advertising video. The end product was much poorer quality than what they decided to show in the "Coming Soon" splash.
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paralipsis
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
This is neither a massive nor a complex game. Instead, it is simple, elegant, and surprisingly dramatic for a turn-based game.

The premise is that you manage a chariot racing team, from humble beginnings on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, through to fame and glory in the Circus Maximus of Rome itself. Races are broken into ten second turns. On each turn you can give a single order to your charioteer, which could be speed management, a positioning manoeuvre, offensive, or devensive action. You need to play to your strengths at any given moment, and maintain a high level of situational awareness. I was particularly impressed by the AI. It's smart, but will still make risky decisions which can make for the kind of bloody and brutal chaos one would expect from any Roman sport.

While at its heart, there is a fairly simple press your luck mechanic (i.e. do I push the horses and risk injury, can I take a tight turn or go wide, should I protect myself or go for position, etc.), the systems are well designed to create emergent situations where finding the right balance between risky and safe is a constant learning experience.

Between races you spend your winnings on keeping your team in good order, and upgrades when you can afford them. There's not a ton of complexity to this management layer, but it is still nice when a better component to your racing team comes up for sale and you can afford it.

Having sunk over 10 hours into Qvadriga, I'm not sure I'll be dedicating a great deal more. But that was more than enough for me. I felt that the game respected my time. There was a progression, but it felt like it was far more about my skill in the game improving than it felt like I was grinding to go forward. When I got over my initial hump early in the learning curve and gained some confidence, then I was able to bet heavily on myself during most races and plough through the mid and late game relatively quickly. Even late in the piece though, random events at the start of a race (annouced before placing bets), a single bad move or dramatically unlucky roll could easily lead to a disastrous outcome in a particular race.

This is definitely not a game for everyone. The RNG can feel really harsh while you are learning the game. It's definitely possible to mitigate its effects with skill, but at least for me that skill took several hours to properly cultivate. I came close to giving up, but I'm glad I didn't, because it turned out to be well worth my time. I also felt like I had to be willing to take more lost races than I was used to in a single player game. Early on, just coming out ahead in terms of earnings to expenses is really the order of the day.

My one tip for anyone who does end up playing this game, never whip the horses while at the end of a high speed turn. Every time I did it I crashed the chariot. Even if there was just a few degrees before opening up into the straight, whipping my horses just before fully opening out into a straight was invariably a recipe for disaster. Most of the time in this game any advice will be based on relative positions between you and other racers, as well as the exact condition and abilities of your Quadriga. But in this one case though, it's a 100% bad call to attempt this kind of manoeuvre. Many a race was lost stubbornly confirming the futulity of this move.
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coles4_ns
( 106.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
Fun game, but would benefit greatly from some more features and character development.
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ruhmann
( 58.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
I'm not sure where the video attached to the store page comes from, but that makes it seem like the game has way better presentation than it actually does. However, the game itself is fun for both turn based strategy fans and fans of sports games. The game is slow, but that's because it's turn based. The subject matter makes a turn based approach believable. There are also RPG elements, although simple, that gives the player a sense of progression throughout the game. And while it's not terribly hard to beat, winning the Circus Maximus three times feels like a tremendous accomplishment.

Don't be overly aggressive. I think the AI is overly aggressive, so being more conservative is a pretty good strategy. Prioritize your speed around the track (take turns as close to the middle as possible) before attacking other racers. Whipping your horses will wear them out quickly and you may regret doing it at the end of the race. Finally, learn to block. Blocking is easy to do, but difficult to master. The AI is really good at blocking which explains several of my second and third place finishes. Grumble.
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harmenluth
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Nice idea, but the game gets repetitive very quickly. Also, I can stand games that aren't too impressive in terms of graphics, but the menu's all seem 90% finished. Actually, that's the whole story of the game, a small amount of extra detail and features would make this a nice little game that could give you a couple of hours of fun - now I just lost interest after a couple of races.
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jztemple
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
OK, first, I have a lot more hours on this game, but they were in the non-Steam version as originally published by Matrix Games.

As related in other reviews, this is a turn-based (with optional real time) top down chariot racing simulator. Conceptually it goes back to a board game origin, but it has been quite successfully brought to the PC. The rules aren't too complex, but there is strategy in the development of the drivers, the horses and the chariot. And there is likewise a lot of tactical decision making during a race. The inclusion of random events keeps the game from getting stale.

There is also a business aspect in that doing well in races (and making smart bets!) will give you more money which allows for chariot upgrades, better horses and more qualified drivers. Also money is needed to care for injured horses and drivers and repair damaged chariots.

One of the great aspects of the game is that it can be played in small blocks of time, a race not taking more than ten minutes at a time. So you can do a race or two, or really dive into the campaign mode if desired.

Post if you have questions!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Nice little casual game, I am having fun. I recommend it if you can have it for about 5 EUR.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
A very fun little game that quickly keeps you occupied. The only downside is it's about x2 the price it should be.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Such a simple and fun game. I like to play this in a side screen while doing something else.

The mechanics are exceptionally simple and surpassing the AI is not that hard with a little patience. Once you learn the ropes (curves, the commands, what upgrades to what in game), then the game becomes one of patience as you grind your teams.

Really simple... I paid only a few bucks. Easily worth $5 on special. Not worth the list price of $20.

If you like simple games like Desktop Dungeons (although that is more puzzle solver than this), or enjoy grinding skills and a simple structured game, then this is worth a try/buy.

If you want complexity or really nice graphics, move along.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
An enjoyable and unexpected game. I really didn't think I'd play this as long as I did, but there's a fair amount of tactical depth within the seemingly dated graphics and interface.

It's a blast racing against as many as 15 other opponents, and while I wish there was some more variation and customization options (late-game races consist of top-tier riders all with basically the same stats), it's fairly challenging experience and it's awesome trying to run a tight corner and watching your biggest rival flip his cart.

I'd recommend playing the fluid-mode instead of turn-based- much more satisfying and challenging.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Maybe not worth the full price but its good fun really !
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
You can whip a horse to death in this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
https://youtu.be/wUZuZnEnH-M

Racers start your engines, well horses?

This turned based roman chariot racer does it best to recreate the excitement and peril of the ancient sport, and success rather well. The campaign mode allows players to build up their racing crew by using price money to upgrade their race teams.

Basic gameplay only requires you to select an action a few times each lap but still creates tense and exciting moments. Sneaking around a competitor or getting trapped and based by a rival.

While the concept is great the presentation leaves a lot of room for improvement. The camera is fixed on your position making it hard to adjust for off screen obstacles. Selecting turn commands would benefit a lot from giving guidelines for predicted outcomes of each choice.
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Okay, Qvadriga doesn't even look old, it looks completely ancient, and the concept of a turn-based top-down simulation of chariot racing isn't exactly mainstream. But don't judge a game on your first impression as you wouldn't judge a book by its cover (I have a feeling you'd like books as much as I do if you've come here). This game delivers unexpected levels of tactical depth and attention to details, and truly deserves its sale price if not its full price.

The core gameplay is based on managing your speed and taking the decision to whip your horses to push them over their limits, or whip your opponents to incapacitate them, ram their chariots, cripple their horses, trample your dismounted rivals - playing it brutal is all part of the games, and the capable AI will use every trick in the book.
Campaign-wise, racing is rewarded with denarius (the currency of the Roman Empire) to build your team with upgraded chariots, horses and skilled drivers-slaves. Good results also increase your fame which will open up the doors of more prestigious stadiums, several dozens of them available in seven provinces, up to the great Circus Maximus of Rome if you prove worthy. Completing a campaign requires about 10 hours of gameplay, more if you invest time to skill up your team of slaves and acquire the top quality chariots and horses.

The little things: random events spice up each race. Cities offer various bonuses and some historical background. A random name generator use the cultural origins of your recruits and your rivals to give them all unique names. Successful drivers get their amount of victories tracked after their name. Last but not least, you'll pick up some Latin vocabulary to impress lesser-educated nerds! Stultorum infinitus est numerus, am I right? ;)
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
115.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Totally fun game. If you like the idea of racing chariots and managing a team then this is the game for you. Basically you buy and sell chariots, horses, drivers as you travel around the ancient world trying to win races to gain earnings. You can bet on the races. During the races you have options of shaking the reigns, whipping your horses, crashing your chariot into other players, whipping other players, moving the horses from lane to lane and must avoid obstacles as well. Be sure to keep your driver and horses alive as if you can no longer maintain a team you lose. So far I am great at losing...
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
This is neither a massive nor a complex game. Instead, it is simple, elegant, and surprisingly dramatic for a turn-based game.

The premise is that you manage a chariot racing team, from humble beginnings on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, through to fame and glory in the Circus Maximus of Rome itself. Races are broken into ten second turns. On each turn you can give a single order to your charioteer, which could be speed management, a positioning manoeuvre, offensive, or devensive action. You need to play to your strengths at any given moment, and maintain a high level of situational awareness. I was particularly impressed by the AI. It's smart, but will still make risky decisions which can make for the kind of bloody and brutal chaos one would expect from any Roman sport.

While at its heart, there is a fairly simple press your luck mechanic (i.e. do I push the horses and risk injury, can I take a tight turn or go wide, should I protect myself or go for position, etc.), the systems are well designed to create emergent situations where finding the right balance between risky and safe is a constant learning experience.

Between races you spend your winnings on keeping your team in good order, and upgrades when you can afford them. There's not a ton of complexity to this management layer, but it is still nice when a better component to your racing team comes up for sale and you can afford it.

Having sunk over 10 hours into Qvadriga, I'm not sure I'll be dedicating a great deal more. But that was more than enough for me. I felt that the game respected my time. There was a progression, but it felt like it was far more about my skill in the game improving than it felt like I was grinding to go forward. When I got over my initial hump early in the learning curve and gained some confidence, then I was able to bet heavily on myself during most races and plough through the mid and late game relatively quickly. Even late in the piece though, random events at the start of a race (annouced before placing bets), a single bad move or dramatically unlucky roll could easily lead to a disastrous outcome in a particular race.

This is definitely not a game for everyone. The RNG can feel really harsh while you are learning the game. It's definitely possible to mitigate its effects with skill, but at least for me that skill took several hours to properly cultivate. I came close to giving up, but I'm glad I didn't, because it turned out to be well worth my time. I also felt like I had to be willing to take more lost races than I was used to in a single player game. Early on, just coming out ahead in terms of earnings to expenses is really the order of the day.

My one tip for anyone who does end up playing this game, never whip the horses while at the end of a high speed turn. Every time I did it I crashed the chariot. Even if there was just a few degrees before opening up into the straight, whipping my horses just before fully opening out into a straight was invariably a recipe for disaster. Most of the time in this game any advice will be based on relative positions between you and other racers, as well as the exact condition and abilities of your Quadriga. But in this one case though, it's a 100% bad call to attempt this kind of manoeuvre. Many a race was lost stubbornly confirming the futulity of this move.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
I am kind of surprised about how i enjoyed this game... I took some time to read some of the reviews and all those negative reviews are about the pricing and i personally it shouldn't be mentioned in a review at all especially on steam where the price tag of a game vary very often...

Anyway let's just talk about this game...

I never even thought that it could be possible for me to enjoy a turn based racing strategy game, but the devs from Turnopia proved me wrong...

I actually put more hours on this game that i even expected to and those were quality hours i enjoyed playing this game. The game is kind of difficult since you can't really have a viable strategy that work 100% because there is many factor in consideration, some random events, the probability to hurt your horses so they lose some of their maxmum speed, your chariot can broke and sometime get totally destroyed and the actual skills of the pilot are all things that can influence the game result...

I personally like that kind of game that are challenging and sometime even if you plan all the way a perfect strategy, anything can go wrong from one turn to the other...

There is differents race tracks that change the play style i use, some have more chariots than others and the numbers of oponent can vary from differents race on the same exact track.

You can manage your team and have up to 4 pilots, 4 chariots and 4 pack of horses that can have differents stats that influence the outcome of a race.

The options are quite limited for the management, but it's a simple game with some twist in it that make it fun to play in my opinion. If you want to play an easy game where you can win everytime without much difficulty, then i guess you should avoid this genre since the game can be frustrating some time.

The game can become repetitive after some time, but what game don't get repetitive after spending some time in it anyway?

I recomend this game if you like the turn based slow paced strategy game, there is another mode called dynamic races , that is pretty much the same thing, but more fast paced and can be hard to hit the right button in the right time. There is probablly some people that may like this, but i personally don't so i won't spend too much time on this mode since i did not tested it alot...
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Good, really enjoyed my time spent on it... i baught it for 5$can and i think it was well worth it.. the game is very strategy oriented and keeps you on your toes, i dont think you ever can sure up a victory. far too many things can go wrong.. but you can get yourself there if your lucky, smart and bold... 3/5 strategy stars (lacking additional content, more could be added off the track), 1/5 Graphics, 3/5 concept.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
OK, first, I have a lot more hours on this game, but they were in the non-Steam version as originally published by Matrix Games.

As related in other reviews, this is a turn-based (with optional real time) top down chariot racing simulator. Conceptually it goes back to a board game origin, but it has been quite successfully brought to the PC. The rules aren't too complex, but there is strategy in the development of the drivers, the horses and the chariot. And there is likewise a lot of tactical decision making during a race. The inclusion of random events keeps the game from getting stale.

There is also a business aspect in that doing well in races (and making smart bets!) will give you more money which allows for chariot upgrades, better horses and more qualified drivers. Also money is needed to care for injured horses and drivers and repair damaged chariots.

One of the great aspects of the game is that it can be played in small blocks of time, a race not taking more than ten minutes at a time. So you can do a race or two, or really dive into the campaign mode if desired.

Post if you have questions!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
So, let's get the bad stuff out of the way: This acts like a converted boardgame. The graphics are from the 90s if not late 80s. The game will not hold your hand - if you act stupidly, the game has no issue with punishing you.

That said, this is the best racing game I've played in a very long time.

In Qvadriga you control a team of charioteers (aurigas). You're responsible for selecting them, buying and upgrading horses and chariots, and paying for medical care/repairs when things don't go well. Your sponsor will give you certain advantages: Perhaps your aurigas are tougher than average, or your horses faster.

Once you've taken care of maintenance and the like, it's time to race. Simply put it's three times (usually) around an oval track, with rewards for finishing first, second, third, or even simply finishing.

The commands are intuitive enough once you've played a few games: You can accelerate by shaking the reins, whip the horses (which might hurt them and lower their overall speed), pull back on the reins, change lanes, whip to the left or right to try and injure enemy drivers and horses, or ram your cart left and right for the same reason. Action by default is turn based. There is an option where the turns run together, simulating an RTS, but I feel it's not worth it.

Since the commands are simple enough you can focus on strategy. Whipping the horses is a great way to surge past the enemy ... but if you hurt them too badly it'll hurt their base speed and you'll be paying for a vet later. Sometimes beating the crap out of your enemy is the answer, but that tends to slow you down. Do you take the turns at full speed and hope you don't crack a wheel? Or do you focus on stabilizing your chariot or even slowing down to make sure everything you make it? Having your chariot shatter under you and being dragged is no fun. Letting go of the reins and getting run over by an opponent is even worse.

Strategies are affected by random events. For example in a recent race my auriga was so mad at the world 'he' decided that accelerating by shaking the reins wasn't an open, and if I wanted to win I'd have to rely on the whip much more than I like. In another event drunken spectators thought throwing trash on the outer lane of the track was great fun and several drivers got hit in the head.

Don't let the graphics scare you off. This is an intuitive racing game with good strategic potential. Enjoy!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
This game is simply great. It is a casual game that is quite addictive. The game design is brilliant, but the UI design is absolutely abysmal. You have to wonder what the devs were smoking when they designed the UI.

The game is easy to play, but hard to master. It will take many many hours of play to win the game. It hasn't been updated in quite some time, so I don't think there will be any more updates. You have to manage your drivers (Qvadrigas), your chariots, your horses, and your medical treatments. The early part of the game is the most difficult, because your qvadrigas are just starting out, and they are not very good. 'Das24680' has published a very good LP series on YouTube.

This game is definitely worth playing as long as you're not too focused on the UI - especially with a 1920x1080 monitor.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Who knew Ancient chariot racing could be so much fun?
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This game is excellent! Playing a campaign with dynamic turns is nail bitingly tense, provides tons of depth and interesting trade offs, and is very satisfying.

Dont play with static unless you are learning the mechanics, without a time incentive and the ability to monitor the situation and reapond to new threats the static turns are just inferior.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I'm not sure where the video attached to the store page comes from, but that makes it seem like the game has way better presentation than it actually does. However, the game itself is fun for both turn based strategy fans and fans of sports games. The game is slow, but that's because it's turn based. The subject matter makes a turn based approach believable. There are also RPG elements, although simple, that gives the player a sense of progression throughout the game. And while it's not terribly hard to beat, winning the Circus Maximus three times feels like a tremendous accomplishment.

Don't be overly aggressive. I think the AI is overly aggressive, so being more conservative is a pretty good strategy. Prioritize your speed around the track (take turns as close to the middle as possible) before attacking other racers. Whipping your horses will wear them out quickly and you may regret doing it at the end of the race. Finally, learn to block. Blocking is easy to do, but difficult to master. The AI is really good at blocking which explains several of my second and third place finishes. Grumble.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Terrible company , Wonderful game. As with most of Slitherine's game, if you are a warmonger they are excellent for the most part. Some are overblown, intentionally tedious (to make the player and fanbois "feel" smarter and deeper than they actually are). Some are restrictive for the sake of, well, stuck up intellectuals who demand a certain formula tailored to their egos as opposed to their actual "gamer prowess" and above all SERIOUSLY overpriced in total. You can look for sales though on occasion or consult Robin Hood for further advice. The company's self aborption is only matched by the items listed above in relation to Slithrerine's "Personality" as a company making almost any pruchase , no matter how much you enjoy the game itself, come with a bitter aftertaste, and waiting for the "10% off kings" to go on a decent sale would leave you on your deathbed. BUT, all that being said.

This game itself is a gem for sure, with almost no games of this nature out there it makes the choices...well...nil for the most part. The "open world" campaigns if you will/want to call them that, I prefer the term, "Career mode".., are excellent, leaving a great deal of room for immersion and personalization...certainly one of those little games you keep on your comp forever and come back to when you wish to get a little playtime in. Worth 20$...absolutely NOT, But then again, not a game in their library is wotth more than 40% of whatever price they ask considering assets vs price.

If you can find it on sale though, it IS a very very good and fun game. You can grab it on Humble this week (12/20/2015) for 1$ in their weekly bundle....but again, I do love this little game I just have a dislike for Slitherine that matches their dislike for Steamers which their owner was none to shy about stating.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
It's probably overpriced at full price, but it's an addictive game. The graphis are super simplistic, but there is a lot of thinking that goes into winning at the turn-based races, and a variety of ways to build your chariot teams, allowing you to approach races in different ways. Overall a good game.
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