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Setting: Ancient Roman

Group Description

This group contains games set in the Ancient Roman milieu, taking place in the vicinity of modern-day Italy and the republic and empire it controlled from the 8th century B.C. to 476 A.D. The actual size of the empire varies depending on the time period, from its roots as a dominating political force around the city of Rome to its vast empire stretching across Europe outwards to Hispania, Britannia and Syria.

Games included in this group can include, for instance, city-building simulations, strategic battles overseeing Roman legions, one-on-one gladiator fights, chariot races, and specific historical battles that happened in relation to the Roman Empire (e.g. against Carthage in the Punic Wars.)

For the purposes of this group, the "Eastern Roman Empire", based in Constantinople, is not included after 476 A.D., being more commonly referred to as the Byzantine Empire.
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Roman Empire1982Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Dragon 32/64, Electron, ZX81, ZX SpectrumM.C. Lothlorien Ltd3.62
Legionnaire1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64Microcomputer Games, Inc.2.00
Obelix1983Atari 2600Atari, Inc.3.92
The Fall of Rome1983Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, ZX SpectrumArgus Specialist Publications Ltd.2.50
Rome and the Barbarians1984Atari 8-bitKrentek Software2.00
Computer Circus Maximus1984DOSThe Avalon Hill Game Company...
Legions of Death1986Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumM.C. Lothlorien Ltd1.08
Asterix and the Magic Cauldron1986Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMelbourne House1.80
Tommy's Chariots1986DOS...
Annals of Rome1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumPersonal Software Services3.92
Gladiator1986Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumBug-Byte Software Ltd.3.08
Asterix and the Magic Carpet1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson TOCoktel Vision4.39
Coliseum1988Amstrad CPC, MSX, ZX SpectrumKixx3.00
Maximus1988DOS...
Caesar1989Atari STMicroworks3.67
I Ludicrus1989Amiga, Atari STActual Screenshots2.75
Asterix: Operation Getafix1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSCoktel Vision3.42
Jabato1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumAventuras AD3.32
Carthage1990Amiga, Atari STPsygnosis Limited...
Julius Cäsar1990Commodore 64Kingsoft GmbH...
Centurion: Defender of Rome1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.75
Astérix1991SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.87
Warrior of Rome1991GenesisMicronet Co. Ltd.3.33
Fighting For Rome1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMerit Software4.00
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
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Selected Covers

Astérix SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Astérix
Caesar DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar
Carthage Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Carthage

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Astérix
Title screen
Screenshot from Caesar
Title screen
Screenshot from Caesar
game starts
Screenshot from Roman Empire