CivCity: Rome, an innovative city builder inspired by the world of Sid Meiers Civilization, and created by a collaboration between Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games, invites players to shift focus from building a multi-city empire and zoom-in on the great cities of the Roman Empire, culminating in Rome itself!
User reviews: Positive (40 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2006
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CivCity: Rome, an innovative city builder inspired by the world of Sid Meiers Civilization, and created by a collaboration between Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games, invites players to shift focus from building a multi-city empire and zoom-in on the great cities of the Roman Empire, culminating in Rome itself! Through dozens of missions, each offering an array of interesting decisions, players will be charged with building, nurturing and managing one of these great cities as they endeavour to lead the Roman Empire from its humble beginnings to its mighty apogee. Features players have enjoyed in the Civilization series, like research, city happiness, production and culture, can now be managed actively in the wonderfully immersive world of CivCity: Rome.
  • Look inside the buildings - For the first time in a city builder you can look inside the Villas, the forums, and even the Roman baths! Discover, in much greater detail, how Romans went about their daily lives.
  • Civilize your city - More than 70 technologies can be developed over time to give your city a strategic advantage. Use the rich research tree to improve many aspects of your city and its relation to the wider empire.
  • Follow the life of a Roman family - Do they thrive and prosper from humble hut to noble palace as they move through the generations or not? Well, thats your call!
  • Ease of play - Driven purely by building placement and strong visual feedback, the game lets you create your own living community simply by choosing and placing the wide variety of buildings.
  • Real Romans - An intriguing array of characters will interact with you

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP (Windows 7 is not supported), 1.6 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 2.5 GB uncompressed space, 64 MB video card (with Hardware T&L, nVidia GeForce 3/ATI Radeon 8500 or better), DirectX 7 compatible sound card, DirectX Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
29.9 hrs on record
Got this while it was on sale. While I still have some nuances to master in the development of fully functioning cities, even getting as far as I have was an enjoyable challenge. Definitely a steal for the sale price, but having played it now I would be happy to have bought it at full price.
Posted: September 25
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Great classic city building game!

Experience dozens of missions, buildings and other geat stuff in the Roman era!

If you have Windows 7 or higher, it can be a little tricky to start it up sometimes.

8/10
Posted: June 12
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
I've played this game a LOT before steam existed but now that its on steam I bought it and haven't played it much the steam version is definitly more child friendly with a "kid" difficulty! I LOVE this game so I have a slight bias... If you love city builder games this is definitly a game you should look into.
Posted: June 23
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
This is in my top 10 games of all time. It's rediculously addicting, blisfully simple, and occasionaly the most frustration found in a video game since double master hand in SSBM. If you like city builders, and graphics from the early 2000's, look no further.
Posted: June 26
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
59.2 hrs on record
This game is awesome and very much like the original Ae of Empires. Just a 3D version. But that's not what I love about it. The thing that intrigues me the most is the in-depth resource collecting process. Though, the buildings will instantly appear, some of them take time to build and it works better with the research system. Your citizens have realistic needs and all that, so they will need you to know how to play the game. This game is classic and a sure 10/10 snowflakes.
Posted: June 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
got this game on sale and am so happy i did! it is fun and has goals :) not sure what else to say it is a city building simulation set in the roman era. easy to use interface and yes dated graphics but they are clear and concise. tutorial is ok. took me a few min to figure out how to rotate the buildings...ikr? love building simulation games and this one was a very nice surprise since i had never even heard of it till was looking at on sale games. i is also worth full price...it is very well done and under publisized but that is just my opinion ^^
Posted: June 11
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3.9 hrs on record
I never thought I would enjoy so much a game from 2006. It reminds me of the good old Caesar II but even better.
10€ it's a little too much but buy it if it's on sale and you do enjoy the genre.
8/10
Posted: July 31
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16.3 hrs on record
Amazing game well worth the money!!
Posted: June 15
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14.3 hrs on record
Its hardly familiar for a Civilization game, but for a city builder it was done rather well. It's lack of requirement to house EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN rather helps the way the game flows and its economy system is quite fluid. I have no comment on its campaign modes as I play it exclusively for its sandbox modes, which can be a fun timesink.
Posted: July 12
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91.1 hrs on record
Really Great game not sure how i missed this when it came out but im glad i found it.
Posted: August 19
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
A strategic level-based city building simulator in the vein of the Caesar/Pharoah series of old. It's easy to understand but operates slightly differently from how most others do (where road access between buildings is necessary for benefits), instead opting for a direct "distance" approach in order for benefits to convey. Because of this, some strategies may seem non-intuitive at first to folks who are experienced in the genre.

It's competent, and fun - not the best example of the genre, but a good way to spend some time if you're into this type of game.
Posted: February 13
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
City Building and Civilization come together in this city-state based game. Build your settlement from just a few huts into a detailed and thriving center of trade, conquest and research. The game reminds me alot of the ANNO series where you have settlers that come into your city, you have to fill certain needs, and they level up. A player can choose from a free-build city, to doing the campaign, and even beyond to playing your own custom maps that YOU as a player can create.

A few things I have noticed that are not accurate, is that aquaduct technology allowed for one main trunk to branch into smaller segments, in this game that does not occur so you do not get the representation of the True aquaduct system. However the gameplay was not affected by this.

One thing that I do NOT like about it is that I found the maps to be small. I mean really small. I constantly had a high unemployment. Apparently settlers just come in even if there is no spare work slots. And the workers dont leave if you bulldoze work places if you move them. Documented sources via gametap.com/formus have stated that "when happiness is positibe, immigrants arrive reguardless of housing and cause unemployment and housing chrises" With this said its kinda broken in a sence if you have 100% happiness you will always have a high unemployment.

Another thing is that widescreen support is not automatically built into the game on download. (As also documented in steam forums) HOWEVER there are fixes and solutions for this that can be found on google.

Now then for the positives. It is a simple game. The menus are easy to navigate, and the gameplay is easy and quick to comprehend. For example Wheat farm -> Wheat -> Mill -> Flour -> Bakery -> Bread. Another thing is that it IS addictive. looking at my clock I played 3-4 hours on one map straight through. Please remember to set yourself a timer when you play this game I will not be responsible if you spend 3 whole days on the game and forget to eat or sleep. Yes it is that addicting.

Other thoughts : I wish widescreen resolution was included with the game. I wish there was alot more realism, for example you cant build on mountains.. Yet the alps are in the north, and the apennine run through the center. I am quite sure the Romans found a way around that.

Overall : Would recommend. Due to price. Recommend x 1.5 .. H/N Kinsha review rates this AS.... 4.25 cookes OUT of 5 cookies.

I am Natalia Kinsha and I approve this message ^.^
Posted: November 30, 2013
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
56.4 hrs on record
This game is nearly identical to Caesar II. They just updated the graphics and removed some of the complexity. Caesar II was better.
Posted: November 29, 2013
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
More Enjoyable than I had expected.
Posted: December 22, 2013
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
This game will hold the interest of any Civilazation Fan, for awhile that is.
Posted: December 14, 2013
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
If you like the history of the ancient roman empire and like city building games, CivCity: Rome is for you, other games that fall in the same game style as Ceasar 3 and Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Trade, defend and live the roman life, the game also includes roman history pedia of how the common roman citizen and plebian lived and worked.
Posted: July 3, 2011
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Doesn't live up to the "Civilization" name. It's not a _bad_ game, but the gameplay is repetitive and not particularly compelling. It has elements of the "sim" genre and the "strategy" genre, but this is a better game for Sim fans than strategy fans.
Posted: July 23, 2011
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Best game in the world by far.
Posted: February 1
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
126.0 hrs on record
Oldie but goodie. The number of Rome-themed city-building games is oddly high, but this one is my favorite. Not for anyone who likes the RTS/combat aspect, as that part is rubbish here. But if not, it can be really fun, at least through the campaign. The stand-alone scenarios have limited replayability, and though you CAN make your own maps (and campaigns!) the tool to do so is not user friendly and there are some bugs in it. Overall though, a great way to spend some time building & managing, especially for the price.
Posted: December 30, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Nice balance with stuff to do with ease of doing it. I would recommend this to all fans of this genre
Posted: March 7
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