With the roman empire covering 1/4 of the world at it's peak it is no wonder there are so many city building and strategy games focused on this iconic empire. Rome ruled over many parts of North Africa and West Asia, not just Europe through it's appointed emperors. It's extent of reach and influence means it was one history's most successful empires. Here we explore the best games currently available for PC.
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Forge of Empires: Roman Age (Iron)
Release Date: 2014 - Ongoing development
Developer: Inno Games
Forge of empires is a free to play city builder mixed with tactical warfare enabling players not just to develop a thriving state throughout the ages including that of ancient rome, but also to fight battles online vs other empires. The good thing about the game is you can stay in any period of time indefinately or decide to move onto the next era. So in terms of Rome (the iron age) you reach this period after the first period of time - the Bronze age. Here you can build a roman city and expand your territory by defeating others. Your city can feature famous roman buildings such as the Amphitheater, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and of course the Colosseum.
Roman troops at your command to defend your city and attack others include Roman archers, legionnaires and mounted warriors. Forging alliances with other players online can be key to your success in expanding your roman city and defeating other rival cities and empires.
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1. Caesar III
Release Date: 30th September 1998
Developer: Impressions Games
A game released over 20 years still to this very day is the best roman city builder out there, comfortably eclipsing many titles that have tried to topple it from number one position with fancier 3D visuals - even it's own sequel has failed.
Made by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment, Caesar III lets you experience how it is to be a Roman governor tasked to build a city. As they say, Rome wasn't built in one day. To establish a grand empire of your own, you will need to meet the demands of your people. Keep the city safe from both hostiles and disasters while appeasing the gods. Fill your coffers by trading with neighboring cities. Design your city the way you want by adding roads and erecting building for different purposes. If things ever get too overwhelming, put your advisers to use. After all, you'll need their help to prove that you are fit to be crowned as Caesar.
While Caesar III's weak point is it's simplistic combat it's strength is most definately in it's building and city management elements such as the creation of food, the encouragement of trade for a healthy economy, organising structures and events in a way that pleases both the Gods and your people.
2. CivCity: Rome
Release Date: 24th July 2006
Developer: FireFly Studios
CivCity: Rome is a game created by Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games who are also creators of the medieval Stronghold sim builders. Inspired by both Civilization and Caesar, this strategy title will have you managing a number of cities under the Roman Empire. Your goal is to ensure that all of them have enough commodities to survive on. Go on campaigns to prove yourself as a worthy engineer. Meet historic characters such as Julius Caesar and Marcus Licinium Crassus and go up the ranks. In this title, you get to both build and destroy as you wage war against the Germanic tribes, the Egyptians and even the famed forces of Carthage. CivCity: Rome features over a hundred types of buildings, 34 missions and 27 maps. There's even user-generated content to keep you coming back for more.
3. Caesar IV
Release Date: 9th September 2006
Developer: Tilted Mill Entertainment, Inc.
Like with most sequels to such as highly regarded predecessor they never quiet live up to the hype behind them and Caesar IV is no different with it failing to capture the depth and freedom offered to Rome building fanatics in third with smaller maps to build upon. While options may feel limited, if your looking for a standalone 3D city builder while conveniently forgetting about playing Caesar III then this game is fully recommended. On the plus side it does still feature over 100 structures and 30 tradeable goods while the 3D graphics stand the test of time for a building simulator.
4. Age of Empires: Rise of Rome Expansion
Release Date: 31st October 1998
Developer: Forgotten Empires
An expansion pack based on the Roman Empire's rise to power, Age of Empires: Rise of Rome adds playable civilizations to the original title. It features Roman architectural designs which are shared by the Romans, Macedonians, Palmyrans and Carthaginians. Four more researchable technologies have been introduced in the expansion as well as five additional units and four random map types. There are also new ways to play, including one that utilizes unit queuing and one that increases the limit of the population.
Download Age of Empires: Rise of Rome Expansion as part of the Definitive Edition game.
5. Grand Ages: Rome
Release Date: 6th March 2009
Developer: Haemimont Games
Grand Ages: Rome is a game that combines city building with real-time strategy elements. Once you've created a character, you can choose which family you wish to belong to. Will you join Valerii, Flavii, Aemilii, Lucii or Julii? Each one gives unique bonuses to your military, economy and people. The missions involve establishing colonies by providing work for your people and ensuring that they have access to all of those resources to survive.
6. Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients
Release Date: 25th March 2015
Developer: Longbow Games
Take charge of a mighty army during a time when a single mistake can turn the tide of battle in Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients. Only a single faction can be heralded the greatest empire of all, will it be yours? Take up arms as the bronze-armored Hoplites or fight back as tribal warriors. Defend against bands of Gallic Skirmishers as a part of the Roman legion -- it's up to you to determine if history runs its course. There are more the 25 factions to choose from and over 30 units to command. If you wish, you can even create a world of your own using the in-game map editor.
7. Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar
Release Date: 15th March 2014
Developer: Longbow Games
Take a journey to the plains of Gaul where a decade-long war is ravaging the land. Immerse yourself in history and witness Julius Caesar crush the barbarian hordes or unite the tribes and overthrow the Roman empire. This real-time strategy game will put your wits to the test as you plan tactics, using even the changing seasons to your advantage. It features a seamless map which stretches from the coast of the Mediterranean sea up to the British Isles. Do you have what it takes to make history?
8. Glory of the Roman Empire
Release Date: 16th June 2006
Developer: Haemimont Games
Before Haemimont Games made Grand Ages of Rome they developed another roman building sim three years before. The Glory of the Roman empire or "Imperium Civitas" as it's known in Spain and Italy sees you become the city planner, governor and military leader of the roman empire. The game is based around these three roles requiring building, economic and military skills combined to ensure the successful growth of your empire. As well as missions in various real cities there are also some sandbox scenarios in random landscapes and also Rome itself.