Ancient Rome 2
I like the 1st game and was hopping this would be as fun and it would be if it wasn't for all the fires all the time. You can't even get started let alone do what you need to do to get done cause you spend 90% of your time fighting fire after fire and most times it is the same place you just put out.
Come on no lets get real. I recomend an update for the game and limet the fires let me know if they do and I'll finish the game.
January 13, 2013
Good city planner game with a few strangely omitted features
I like this kind of game, placing roads, houses, and other buildings to support a city. I thought the game was a small on the graphics until I realized that I could change than by turning the mouse wheel. Music is standard classical type. I only played the demo so I don't know exactly how challenging it gets.
But I did think that was missing a few features that I thought were standard in these kinds of games:
(1) when placing buildings I couldn't tell how far their area of influence went, especially in the case of the prefectures. They fight fires and I only could tell if existing prefectures would fight the fire if a new fire broke out.
(2) It was hard to tell how much production I needed to support the dwellings I had built.
(3) I found that even though I seemed to be producing enough supplies, because of how they were placed, resources weren't reaching certain dwellings, and I wasn't sure where I should place them to remedy that fact.
(4) I don't know if you can demolish buildings (tutorial seems to cut off before you learn everything).
Still, if you're starved for this kind of game, it's worth a chance, if you've got money or game credits to spare.
January 8, 2013
I really enjoyed this game...until the fires started. They are INCREDIBLY annoying. They pop up constantly and you fight them by repeatedly clicking the building for ages. I lasted two more levels once this started, then had to stop as I just got too fed up. It's a real shame - the graphics are nice, the music is very lovely, and the gameplay was right up my street. If a patch was released that sorted out the fires, I would definitely buy this.
January 8, 2013
I love city building games. Just not this one. I don't like the graphics and it seems that every level is like the one before with just another building or two added in. And I really, really, hate the fires! And what about letting us cut down trees? Even when you build the tree cutter building you never see any trees being cut. You see people walking around but not doing anything. Won't be buying this game. I wish I could play games like the old Ceasar 2 on this computer. I have not seen any city building game that even comes close to the visual and fun factor of that game and the others by the same developer.
January 8, 2013
Identical to Caesar, but not as pretty
This game is perilously close to being a complete ripoff of the beloved game I used to play, "Caesar." But the artwork and sprites look more like they were designed by an emoticon artist than anyone with genuine artistic skills.
That said, it's oddly compelling. Probably worth $6, but not much more. It doesn't have near the complexity of Caesar, with advisors and charts and graphs?and one of the first things lacking is temples for the gods.
Oh, well. It's cheaper than Caesar, but that's about it.
January 7, 2013
Great Civilization Building Game
I tried the trial first and though the graphics aren't spectacular, I wanted to purchase to continue. I was thrilled after playing for a few hours that a new version was already out. Those new features that tone down fires, and fix some problems within the game were just what I was looking for when looking for a patch!! Thank you!!
It is truily a great strategy game. The secret is not to build up your houses or have too many too fast when doing the challenges. Build all the things you will need as you get money build advanced farms/pig farms/flax etc. in advance. That way you will have plenty of the needed comodity 'before' you ever improve your houses. And will have excess to sell. Stopping production on some items causes other items to be produced more. This is tricky but works.
It took me a few levels to figure this out. Hope this doesn't spoil it for others that like a learning curve. Consider the more people living in those improved houses uses more resources so it is important not to upgrade them too fast. But to build up your resources before hand.
In the new Sandbox mode, though it is very challenging you can build near the river and not play near the main road. This will not affect your game in the least. That way you can have a port, which is faster if you need money fast.
I was able to build to level 10 houses and have a bustling world but not without it's woes. Fires, there is a secret to this one. Make sure to have the right building near by all your areas of production and houses etc. The more the merrier, and a large army. The less you will have to deal with fires yourself. Loads of fun!
Figuring out which resources bring more money isn't too hard and or which ones you can sell without regretting it later.
I love this game! The only draw back and I wish it would be added in a patch, is the ability to turn the the map with the mouse. I need to sometimes see 'behind' buildings to make improvements of the streets. But when finished you wind up with a huge world, looking much like ancient Rome, and it was fun gettting there!!
I wanted to give the game five stars but I would have liked a little more indepth idea of how much water is needed, how many houses the wells actually help, though with improved roads all houses seem to have access to them, unless the game tells you they need a well, etc. I would have also liked the ablity to know if those people leaving my town were actually stealing my goods. Sometimes the haulers look like they just walked away with my stuff and didn't take it to the warehouses.
I would have liked a little more in the grahics area, but when zooming in it is quite pretty but bump mapping or something might have improved the people or the buildings a little. But I can see how better graphics with all that is going on, would have increased the specs. too much.
Great way to pass several hours!!!
January 26, 2013
Played it - started it over and played it again.
Part of the fun is figuring our how to work around fires. Prefectures stroll around putting them out. The more you have, the faster the fires go out. Soldiers kill briggands who start fires. The more you have, the faster they're gone.
Once you get into the higher levels, start out each map with armory production and wine production. Nothing but.
Then do nothing but sell arms and wine and when you have paid off Rome and made enough cash, start producing everything else. I create blocks of 10 buildings, each block containing 2 warehouses and 1 prefecture. I place one army for each 2 blocks. I sell all surplus as I go. When I have enough money I build the city - without placing any houses. Once I have plenty of necessary products for houses I place houses and they immediately go to the highest level and boom - next map.
January 19, 2013
Started out OK, but failed at level 16
Liked it well enough for the first 15 levels. On level 16 it will NOT recognize pigs, so no meat for the city, and you can't get it to the level you need to get the houses to. Tried it on two different computers. Also, the city burning all the time, even with the Brigades, was annoying!
January 16, 2013
I seriously like this game, no timer or heavy clicking, if you build enough prefectures.
There area couple of things that would make it 5*
First, and most important, a save factor so that I don't tie my computer up for around 3 hours.
A map, to make navigation easier, and a better explanation of the game elements
January 15, 2013
It is true, that this game is for people who love ancient cities and love to build things. This game needs a lot of imagination and one thing that I love is the music. The reason why I gave this game a five star is because the storyline is down to earth (building a city). The challenge is you have to use imagination and that makes it fun. Both the visual and sound is excellent ( if you like ancient cities and that kind of music).
January 7, 2013