“ALEA JACTA EST” (The Die is Cast) is what Caesar said as he crossed the Rubicon River when he learned that the Senate had removed him from his command. Crossing that small Italian river was equivalent to disobeying Rome’s orders and entering into open rebellion in this historical turn-based strategy wargame .
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Release Date: Sep 27, 2012

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“Alea Jacta Est is a big, wonderful game that puts all other Ancient-period games in the shade. Some players may flinch at its complexity and processing time, but connoisseurs of the period will recognize its brilliance.”
94% – Armchair General

“If you are into Ancient strategy and want something that is very accessible, easy to play and yet ironically has massive depth and complexity to it, then I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent game”

“If you like strategy games of this type and also like the era in question, there is no doubt, don’t miss out on Alea Jacta Est!”
4.5/5 – StrategyPrime

About This Game

“ALEA JACTA EST” (The Die is Cast) is what Caesar said as he crossed the Rubicon River when he learned that the Senate had removed him from his command. Crossing that small Italian river was equivalent to disobeying Rome’s orders and entering into open rebellion.

The great confrontation with Pompey was about to begin… One of them would become the Master of Rome, and the other would die…

Alea Jacta Est is the first historical strategy game on the PC to cover the main Roman civil wars, created by a dedicated team of experts to bring the epic battles that pitted Romans against Romans in conflicts such as those between Rome, Sertorius, and Mithridates.

With an incredible level of rich historical detail and historical accuracy, it is one of the few strategy games where the player must face the real dilemmas and challenges of the Romans during the time. Not only must you build and train armies, maneuver them and engage the enemy, but you must also maintain an economic and diplomatic balance with your neighbors.

Using the successful and famous AGE engine, Alea Jacta Est covers the whole of Europe, Northern Africa, and part of Eastern Europe, part of more than 2,800 regions, complete with cities, roads, fortifications, weather types, tribes and kingdoms of the time of the scenario. Featuring 5 campaigns from 87 BC to 197 AD, hundreds of historical leaders, units and events, Alea Jacta Est is a must-have for any grand strategy fan.


  • Ancient Command System (based on the Wars in America system), allowing for a good representation of historical army command in the Roman era.
  • Quick and simple system of Construction of Units, allowing players to choose and purchase their forces as they wish (or can).
  • Decisions features, playable on the map, like wild cards assets
  • Diversified set of historical events, allowing multiple choices events and options, hereby enhancing flexibility and re-playability.
  • Different updates and other rules, in particular combat system adapted to the Ancient warfare.
  • Map: all of the Roman Empire and neighboring lands, with over 2800 different regions and seas, a lot of room for maneuvers.
  • Over a thousand of leaders and units with specific pictures.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2+/Vista/Win7/Win8
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1800+ MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX card
    • Sound Card: DirectX version: 9.0 or higher (included in installer)
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110 of 135 people (81%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Total War: Rome II is fine for the plebeian masses, but for the true Romanophile there is Alea Jacta Est.

Not only does it include some of the more popular conflicts such as Caesar's civil war and the slave revolt of Spartacus (DLC), but also has some of lesser known internal struggles like Marius vs. Sulla, and the year of the four emperors (my personal fav).

For those who have never played an AGEOD game before the learning curve may be a little steep, though not nearly as bad as some of the more complicated grand strategy games out there (I'm looking at you HoI3!)

So, if you're a fan of Roman history like I am, and are looking for something with a little more depth than, 'march army here, capture city,' this is the game for you!
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014

Alea Jacta Est(AJE) was my first AGEod game, and which brought me to the world of AGEod strategy games.
Don't check my Steam play time - game just release at Steam Store, while was selling at Matrix Games Store since 2012.

As I have said multiple times: It's incredible - how AGEod engine can simulate Ancient Roman Wars, American Revolution, American Civil War and finally Great War, despite such a large spread in time frame, each game is unique, - I have never had a feeling that I'm buying same game.

AJE is a good start for new AGEod players, since it provides lots of different scenarios differs at scale and time frame - from "Sulla's First Civil War" till "Year of Four Emperors".

Different scenarios and sides provide unique experience in every aspect of Roman life at picked scenario period.
And that gives you tons of enjoyment playing AJE.
Nicely drawn unit pictures, detailed map and nice music provides incredible experience of the Rome.

If you're interested in Roman Civil Wars or Rome itself(Doesn't matter if it's Republic or Empire) and/or you enjoyed other AGEod titles, pick Alea Jacta Est.

Especially with this dirty cheap price tag(60% discount).


Alea Jacta Est (AJE) была моя первая игра от AGEod, которая и привела меня в мир стратегий AGEod.
Не смотрите на моё время игры в Стиме - игра только что появилась в Steam, хотя продавалась в магазине Matrix Games с 2012 года.

Как я уже говорил в других ревью AGEod игр: Это невероятно - как движок AGEod может симулировать Римские Войны, Американскую Революцию, Гражданскую Войну в США и, наконец, Первую мировую войну - несмотря на такой большой разброс во времени, каждая игра является уникальной, у меня никогда не возникало ощущения, что мне продают что-то второй раз.

AJE это хорошее начало для новых игроков AGEod, так как она предоставляет много различных сценариев отличающиехся в масштабах и временных рамках - от "Первой гражданской войны Суллы" до "Года Четырех Императоров".

Различные сценарии и стороны конфликта дают уникальный опыт в каждом аспекте жизни Рима.
И это приносит кучу удовольствия, играя AJE.

Красиво нарисованные юниты, подробная карта и музыкальное сопровождение даёт возможность погрузится в эпоху Рима.

Если вы заинтересованы в римских гражданских войнах или в истории самого Рима(Будь то Республика или Империя) или вам нравятся (если нет - вам понравятся :)) и другие игры серии AGEod, - берите Alea Jacta Est.
Особенно за такую цену (60% дисконт).
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
183.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
Simply a beautiful game. At its heart it is very simple and the age engine itself is Imo much easier to learn than some of the Clausewitz games e.g. HOI3. True the tutorial does not explain enough and formulating strategy is the main difficulty and can be very complex in the generally bigger original scenarios. Some of these are quite formidable multi-front affairs (for these its best to look at the AARs on the ageod forum/youtube). Hence I would advice to get most of the dlc, especially BOR, Spartacus and Parthia. These are smaller, easier to manage affairs generally. (Hannibal is great too, but 2nd Punic war is quite big) (Cantabrian wars is hard). The AI can make mistakes e.g. placing its main army in cities that can fall at a stroke to a successfull siege, and other supply stuff, but overall it is pretty capable and can be a worthy adversary/ and can win sometimes.

But what I really enjoy about these strategy games is how much history I have learned from them. Like whether Pompey was right to go to the East and the pros/cons of adapting the corvus boarding devise to the Quinqereme ship. I also love the alternative history (but based on facts) Caesar's revenge scenario against Parthia (easy Roman whitewash :) ). I cannot emphasise how much it has taught me and makes me want to read more. In summary a true Roman game for true Romans :)
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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
In case its not obvious - I have played this game for a long time before its Steam release.

This is a brilliant strategic wargame available at a ridiculously low price. I have lost many a glorious hour in the maps and stat screens and menus of this game, now its finally on Steam.

If the strategic aspects of Roman warfare, such as logistics, army movement, stances and numbers appeal to you; if you were disappointed by the lack of strategic depth and authenticity in Total War Rome 2 or the shallow military aspects of EU Rome; you owe it to yourself to give this game a try. Actually at this price... any strategy gamer should give this game a try.

AGEOD veterans will be right at home. Others may need to look at a few Youtube tutorials and playthroughs. You can also look at some AARs for learning all the epic things you can do in this game -



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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
83.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2015
Sooner or later, when playing Rome Total War, you start getting this uncomfortable feeling that what you're doing on the strategic map is just a stage prop for pixel soldiers to run around in pretty period costumes.

Alea Jacta Est, though very nice to look at, is not about eye candy.

Instead, it gives you a very detailed strategic and operational view of what the opposing sides were dealing with. When battles or skirmishes take place they are resolved abstractly, though the abstraction gives a pretty detailed depiction of the tactical characteristics that were likely to be in play.

This game is part of a series that includes Birth of Rome (the later phases of Rome's conquest of Italy, including the confrontation with Pyrrhus and the first Punic War), Hannibal (the second Punic War), and the Parthian Wars (Rome's Eastern Front). These three games aren't on Steam yet, which is unfortunate, because watching the Third Samnite War scenario unfold feels a lot like reading Livy.

This is probably the best ancient history simulator on the market. Learning how to play it can be a bit confusing at first until you realize that there aren't actually a lot of different kind of actions to master: most of what gets discussed in the manual is just a description of what's going on under the hood.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2015
Read the manual. It is excellent. If you can't be bothered reading the manual, this type of game is not for you.

I had some initial problems, but I watched Exxar and Charles Cummings on youtube and read through the manual and now I love playing this game. I can spend 20 minutes planning a turn which is why I am not bothered by long end turns because the tension really builds.

If you have some issues with jerkiness at full zoom out just check the forum because you fix it by changing one setting.

This is a fantastic strategy game for this era. The DLCs and the support that AJE will get means this is game that you will be playing for the next two or three years.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
86.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
This game is a true gem in multiplayer, but the AI is not worth a dime. I would say, it is the best game of the Roman period on a strategic and operational scale. The standalone titles are pretty nice, especially BoR and PAR. Supply routes and weather conditions are substantial part of the the game, the command chain is well done and leader abilities can change the course of war.

Where light is , there is shadow. The worst on this game is the unstable engine, especially, if you run other programms in the backround. Furthermore you can search a long time for opponents, if you don't register in Ageod's Forum, which can be difficult, because there are constantly error messages, when I have tried to register and wrote four damn letters to them, but they don't give a ♥♥♥♥ about it, so I would suggest, you better try to register BEFORE you buy this game, because once you learned it, the AI will be no challenge and no fun at all and if you don't know anyone, who play it, you find yourself in a ugly situation.

What is the final score? I would give the game 8/10 ( 10-2 points because of stability issues) and 0/10 for Ageod Forum. Since it is concerning the game, because there is no pbem server, I would take it in the multiplayer part and my final rating is 8/20.

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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I'm a fan of Ageod games, having played most of their previous releases. The learning curve for new players might be a little steep, but if you give this (and other Ageod titles) a few hours to learn how to play you will not be dissapointed - so long as you are into turn based strategy gaming ;)
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Alea Jacta Est is an absolutely wonderful game. Focusing on any Roman time period of signficant importance from the times of the dictator "Sulla" to Julius Caesars glorious rise to power, and even the war of control by his heir Octavian. I won't lie, like many AGEODS titles this game requires patience to learn, but the tooltips soon become your friends and you are playing without a doubt the most detailed game focusing on the period. Nothing is left out, even Senators of the time can often be spotted commanding entire legions. I try a Sulla Campaign here, I hope it gives you an idea of what to expect. Ave and good luck!

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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
You love Grand Strategy Games?
You love historical Settings?
You are willing to read a manual?
You love a challenge?
You are not afraid of your wife?
You know how to handle the "Just one more turn" syndrom?
Graphics and visual presentation is not more important for you than gameplay?

If you can answer all these question with "Yes, Sir, Yes!", you should really consider to buy one of the AGEOD Grand Strategy Games. (The one with the historical setting you are interested in!)

To be honest, I avoided AGEOD games in the past, because I was always too lazy to read another manual besides the one from GG´s War in the East and the long turn processing times from Pride of Nations...

... now I know this was a huge mistake.

The depth of these games (I am talking about all AGEOD Games, not only this one) is awesome, and the rules and mechanics running in the background are incredible deep, so complex that you have to read the manual if you want to master the game.

Moving around your units is easy. To know why your units are out of supply, exhausted, lost half of their manpower is a step to master these games.

In my play time in Alea Jacta Est, I played only 1 Scenario, "The Civil War between Ceasar and Pompeius" and I have to admit, at first it was frustrating, because I played the tutorial first, but reading the manual changed everything and the game became a blast.

Sure, the older AGE games are missing the ability to set up battle tactics (like The Thirty Years War) but I am simply in love with the historical setting and so far, this is the BEST Grand Strategy Game I was able to play for this setting.

What do you get?
Turn based battles? No!

You can´t directly influence the battles, they are automaticly resolved.
The task and challenge is
to pick the right time,
the right place,
the right composition of troops
the right commander in charge
and the right enemy to attack

Some more R´s can be added, but I guess I will cover them later.

Compared with games, like Hearts of Iron, or War in the East/West, the micromanagement level is low.
The only real micromanagement I encountered so far, is keeping your supply chain in shape, this requires to move several supply wagons every turn, at least if you really want to be as efficent as possible with your troops.
Building troops, Diplomacy, building province improvements are simple and easy.

Alternate History?
Compared to Paradox Grand Strategy Games = No!
Is this bad = No!

First of all, you can win the Civil War as Pompeius, but many decisions and diplomatic options are only available if you reach a specific turn, not all, but many.
But, it´s still up to you to decide if you use the diplomatic option or how you decide.

Empire building?
No, the games are ALL about WAR Scenarios, not about building an Empire or a Dynasty.
Your job is to win a war with a limited amount of ressources and this can only be achieved by using everything with the highest efficency!

Is this fun?
If you like board games and you can enjoy "the mind game" part = spending a lot of time in front of your monitor with thinking and listening to music or an audiobook, yes it´s fun.

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25.9 hrs
Posted: September 12
Verdict: This is one of the best strategy games in which you're commanding armies of antiquity.

1. Units are quite detailed and seem to be about as effective as their historical counterparts.
2. There is some logistics which prevents you from ahistorical winter fighting - it is really hard to get supplies most of the time, although is possible and might catch your opponent with his pants down.
3. Quite a few nations and different time settings which means a lot of diversity.
4. Many historical characters to command your armies or to fight against.
5. Different events to explore what-ifs, forge alliances or declare wars.
6. Map is actually quite nice and cities are different for each period.

1. You're not able to command you men in the field.
2. Graphics are somewhat dated, as is the game's engine in my opinion.

Overall - I do recommend it if you're a history buff, who enjoys a good strategy game.
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45.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
One of the best war strategy games that has a great deal of focus on realism over the otehr arcadey stuff. Tough to get into. I myself played it and abandoned it lots of times (been playing a non steam version for the past 3 years). Howver, the developers dont really support the old games when the new AGEOD titles come out. Thus, dont expect paradox/taleworlds kind of mod support or dev support. This is the only dissapointement. THe developers actually make no attempts to make it more enjoyable for th community. They probably believe that people who're hooked into strategy wargaming to this level of realism (I havent found anything more "real" till date) have no option but to eat out of their hands.
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14.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
Good game to get you introduced to AGEOD's game mechanics.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
This is very very bad game :(
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20.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Very bueno
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 4
None of its games are playable. I mean, none. All of Ageod's games are the same: buggy, UI confusing, runs slowly, crashes time to time. Even they can not make a good tutorial!

Learn some modern techniques to build a game, Ageod!
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101.1 hrs
Posted: June 11
this games great
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12.4 hrs
Posted: May 12
It is very fun, and very well done. No doubt one of Ageod's flagship games. Alea Jacta Est is very friendly for new players. Any new players to AJE who learn to play this game, will learn to play all of Ageod's game. The battles feel so 'contained' and the map and regions are not overwhelming. Overall, a good beginning point, and a whole lot of fun for veterans. The focus of the base game alone is on the Roman civil war, thus the little excerp under the title "Roman Civil Wars". The game is very realistic and accurately represents the scenario with extreme realism. Ammo, weather, terrain, food, are all accounted for, as well as the rating of historical generals and the troop compositions and available resources to the factions in the game respectively. There is many events to read, and hisotircal choices to choose from to either follow the historic route of said general or nation, or simply choose a hypothetical one that will or will not help you change history, or simply re-live it. One of the huge upsides of Alea Jacta Est is that this is a very good beginning point for new player of such wargames that offer this kind of realism, and also those new to Ageod games. Reading the manual is indeed required, and mistakes are going to happen before you really start to know what you are doing. But once you leap that hurdle that will only take maybe an hour or two to finally get a grip on this game, you'll soon realize how much flexibility that Alea jacta Est has to offer in terms of realism and how to handle the scenarios in question. You'll really feel like a true armchair general, and get a kick out of managing armies, logistics, and challenges that are presented in all the scenarios this game has to offer. If you want a realistic simulation of ancient warfare, and learn about the battles and challenges the Roman Republic faced, knowing that everything will be historically sound, then this game is for you. If you are a Roman history fan, and want an immersive game that will simulate a lot of the content you'll normally read in a textbook, and finally want a game that offers realism, and historical accuracy, then this game is for you. But if you are a Roman history fan, but don't have the patience to read a manual once in a while, or can't be bothered with realistic details or restrictions based on real historical factors affecting the various campaigns and scenarios presented in this game, then this game may not be for you. This is a wargame, and requires patience, reading the manual, and experimenting and spending time with the game, as well as making the best use of the historical situation of the various scenarios and campaigns. Alea Jacta Est is NOT a sandbox game, the map is 2-d using sprite counters because it is a wargame, and very realistic, and compared to other wargames, ALea Jacta Est is gorgeous, which means, do not expect some fantastic 3-d special effects from this game, as that is not the focus. This genre of strategies are NOT for everyone, which is why it is considered a 'niche' genre, and that is for a reason. Buy at your own risk, but have fun, and happy gaming.
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39.8 hrs
Posted: April 21
One of the best wargames I have played. Best played via PBEM. The system isnt too complex but the gameplay is very deep. I have played it way more than the total above. The asynchronos turn resolution is excellent.
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