Centurion: Defender of Rome

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Critic Score User Score
FM Towns
...
3.5
PC-98
...
2.4
Amiga
72
4.1
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Description

Starting as a young Roman legionnaire in 275BC, your job is to conquer the known world through force or diplomacy, fighting on land and sea.

Centurion: Defender of Rome is a turn-based strategy game. You start with one province, Rome, and one legion. To complete the game, you have to conquer all the provinces on the map.

One part of the game is micro-managing your provinces. You set up tax rates and make people happy by organizing games. In Rome, you can organize a chariot race, a gladiatorial combat or even a simulated naval battle; this starts an action mini-game where you control the chariot rider, gladiator or ship.

Another part of the game is military conquest. You can raise legions or strengthen them in any province you control (let's just hope there are enough men in the province, or your legion will be incomplete and weaker). There are three types of legions, each of them has a different strength. You can also move a legion to a neighbouring province.

When you enter a province you don't yet control, you can speak with the ruler there. With luck, you can convince him to give you the province for free; but this isn't very likely, and you'll often have to fight.

When your legion attacks a province, or defends one of your provinces from an invader, the game switches to an isometric view of the battlefield. You can give orders to your legion (assuming they are within the range of their commander's voice) and watch as they duke it out with the enemy forces. Eventually, one of the sides will be completely wiped out or panic and retreat.

Finally, you can buy warships and have naval battles with the enemy fleet. This is represented as an action mini-game, depicting a duel of the flagships; however, the outcome of the battle actually depends on the strength of your fleet.

Screenshots

Centurion: Defender of Rome PC-98 Preparing for battle!
Centurion: Defender of Rome PC-98 Elephants! Wow!..
Centurion: Defender of Rome DOS Opening Title - Rome present day
Centurion: Defender of Rome FM Towns Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "センチュリオン Defender of Rome" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Become Caesar, conquer the known world. Amiga David Ledgard (63)
Centurion: Pretender to the Throne? DOS PCGamer77 (3006)
Excellent game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
A classic! DOS Raphael (1160)
Full of promise but never delivered DOS Tony Van (2675)
A rough gem Genesis Tony Maki (12)
Not very rewarding. DOS Mr Blea (2)
Defend the empire in this classic game of strategy and guile. DOS bb bb (33)
Another classic from the classic days of gaming DOS William Shawn McDonie (1088)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Jun, 1991 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Raze Amiga Aug, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Amiga Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Interface Amiga 1991 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Sega-16.com Genesis Feb 19, 2015 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Joker Amiga Jun, 1991 58 out of 100 58

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Trivia

Music

The music used in the naval battles was taken from the movie Ben Hur. It was in the scene where Ben Hur was a galley slave.

Information also contributed by William Shawn McDonie

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