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Annals of Rome

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
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4.0
ZX Spectrum
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5.0
Commodore 64
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4.0
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Description

Annals of Rome begins in 273BC and sets you as a Roman senator, with the ultimate aim of colonizing as much of the known world as possible, and retaining that power against Carthaginians, Vandals, Parthians, Persians and all the other world forces. You have a strong army at your disposal, and can direct your generals as to which countries they attempt to invade.

The game is turn-based, and these turns operate in phases, beginning with the economic circumstances of population and tax income being decided - it's recommended to keep taxation taxing low unless things become desperate. The game then updates you on the statuses of your generals, and give you the chance to redistribute them to other parts of your kingdom.

Officers may rebel and cause a civil war - fortunately this can usually be pre-empted. More serious are attempts to take land from other civilizations, which take place in order and include conflicts between other groups. These, like every element of the game, are accurately historically modeled and variable in time-span as a result.

Screenshots

Annals of Rome Commodore 64 The gameplay screen
Annals of Rome Atari ST Treachery in Italia by Aulus Caesar
Annals of Rome Amstrad CPC The Roman empire.
Annals of Rome Amstrad CPC This is how the world is divided.

Alternate Titles

  • "Annalen der Römer" -- German title

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User Reviews

Awesome! Never judge a game by graphics alone DOS bb bb (33)
absorbing Atari ST stan howard (3)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 5 out of 10 50

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Awards

  • Computer and Video Games
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Strategy Game of the Year

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