Populus Romanus

Populus Romanus


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A turn based strategy war game where you lead Roman legions in their conquest of the Italian peninsula. Play various scenarios of the conflicts fought by the Roman Republic; Be the dictator for the Roman civilization at the ancient age when it was yet to become the largest empire in the world.

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* 14 scenarios of varying size and difficulty, ranging from the initial conquests of neighbouring kingdoms by Roman city-state, to the First Punic War and beyond
* Single player and Local Multiplayer (players sharing same device) game modes (online multiplayer not supported)
* Freely zoomable and pannable hex based map, with multitouch gesture support
* Hex and counter style of play, like many table-top TBS board games
* Autosaving: Progress is automatically saved at end of each turn, or when you switch away from the game; No risk of losing game progress because of forgetting to save
* Designed to be playable also on lower-spec Android phones and tablets; on the other hand, users with more capable 'droid devices have enhanced frame rate and smoother experience
* In-game help guide
* Supports natively all screen resolutions from the smallest phones in your pocket to the largest HD tablets
* OpenGL ES hardware accelerated graphics engine

The basic gameplay style of this game was inspired by many earlier hexagon based "oldskool" or retro PC strategy games like Fantasy General, Panzer General and Battle for Wesnoth as well as some of the more recent titles, such as Uniwar on mobile devices ... with a little bit of Civilization / Freeciv spirit mixed in. However, the backdrop of the game is set in the ancient Rome, and the game attempts to follow faithfully the known course of the events to the extent that is known to the modern historywriting (some liberties have been taken in interpreting the details to make the game more entertaining). The game has some minor RPG like elements such as unit leveling (success in combat leads first to veteran, then to elite status, giving stats improvements), but at its heart it is first and foremost a pure strategy game.

Nearly two millennia before the era of medieval knights and castles of the European middle ages, the first ancient settlers of the Roman tribe founded the city of Rome. As the legends customarily tell, the twin brothers and townsmen Romulus and Remus were the original founders, with Romulus eventually becoming the first king of Rome. From its humble beginnings first as a small village, and then a local kingdom, its destiny was to become a great empire encompassing all coasts of the Mediterranean sea and even beyond. For centuries, his royal majesty the Emperor of Rome was undoubtedly the most highborn ruler on the Earth, wielding total authority over a large portion of the humankind, until barbarian hordes and many years of revolution brought the fallen empire to its end.

The game begins in the very first years of the Roman saga; You, the player, will lead the Roman army, legion after legion, from a battle to another in the name of the Roman Empire against the mighty warlords of the neighbouring realms. Assault the Etruscans on river Tiber, stop the madness of Samnite invasion in Campania, conquer South Italy, drive Carthaginians out from the isle of Sicily, and much more ... May the god of war Mars spare you from the fury and vengeance of your enemies in the battlefield!

While the main campaign of the game deals with the Roman Republic expansion wars, the second campaign is played as commander Hannibal of Carthage, one of the greatest military commanders to ever live, whose brief advance against Rome brought him all the way from North Africa almost to the gates of Rome, before the Romans got their defense lines established. This revival of warfare between Carthage and Rome came to be known as the Second Punic War in the books of history.

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Recently changed in this version

- Maintenance release (several fixes for different crashes; fix occasional savegame corruption in multiplayer)

- Added larger game font for high-resolution (xhdpi) devices

Comments and ratings for Populus Romanus
  • (74 stars)

    by Colin Pickard on 14/12/2014

    Great game and lots of replay value

  • (74 stars)

    by Batsen D'Belfry on 09/10/2014

    Great hex-style strategy game! Nice game play, great choice of (historically-based) units, and great use if history in terms of places, maps, and events! Lots of fun! Thanks for free demo trial version, as per old game software! Wish more would do this.

  • (74 stars)

    by John Yates on 09/09/2014

    like war games were when I was young, works well and a good way to waste time.

  • (74 stars)

    by an th on 09/09/2014

    2 player games won't save, close the game lose your game.

  • (74 stars)

    by Luke Hemmings on 16/08/2014

    Great combat system, innovative and easy to understand. Many hours of replay value on varying difficulties. The sequel even better!

  • (74 stars)

    by Daniel Corrigan on 12/08/2014

    Tried out the demo first and now have downloaded the paid version. This game is a great value for money, is very stable and is challenging enough for hours of play. A big thank you to the developers for creating such a great game.

  • (74 stars)

    by Tom Mather on 31/07/2014

    Great little game for the tactical minded. Worth the $3 price-tag. The only improvements I would suggest are more scenarios to play and making the multiplier work with two devices.

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