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.


  • 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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
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
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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