Populus Romanus FREE

Populus Romanus FREE

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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 (2 in FREE version) of varying size and difficulty, ranging from the initial conquests of neighbouring kingdoms by Roman city-state, to the First Punic War
* 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 devices have an 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 history.

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Recently changed in this version

v1.4.4:
- Added larger game font for high-resolution (xhdpi) devices

v1.4.1:
- Scenarios now have easy/normal/hard difficulty variants


Comments and ratings for Populus Romanus FREE
  • (62 stars)

    by Omkar Patil on 22/05/2014

    Very intresting

  • (62 stars)

    by Jasper Lim on 18/05/2014

    Its so awesome I have the second one as well and it is great. Just addicting. I just hope later that theyll update the free versions so that just even a little bit more stuff and stages are availible.

  • (62 stars)

    by Mike Bentley on 23/04/2014

    Seems that every time I kill an enemy unit another one appears. Not balanced at all. I simply run out of units because I am facing an inexhaustible supply of enemies. And they always have an advantage because they appear in the worst possible place. I cannot recommend this to anyone and have uninstalled it as unplayable

  • (62 stars)

    by Christina O'Dee on 04/04/2014

    Too confusing. No real time tutorials, only text instructions. Don't play if you don't like chess.

  • (62 stars)

    by James Long on 15/03/2014

    Hey Dev, I had the full version of this on my phone a couple of years ago, but it's not showing up for my tablet. What gives?? EDIT: ..and what happened to the user submitted campaigns??

  • (62 stars)

    by Gabriel Burciaga on 03/02/2014

    Needs better grapics, and mabye more units

  • (62 stars)

    by Avery Mackey on 30/01/2014

    Finally an app that spent need any permission crap! And as a bonus, the game is actually fun and easy to use