Rome: Pathway to Power (DOS)

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Rome: Pathway to Power is set - as the name implies - in Ancient Rome. You start life as a poor slave in Herculaneum, which, along with Pompeii, was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Eventually you travel to Rome and climb the social ladder, becoming a Captain in the army, a Senator and eventually Emperor of Rome. Four of the game's six levels are adventure style romps, while in the other two levels you control an army in an attempt to conquer an enemy of Rome. The game contains many characteristic details to be seen around the levels; from naked people running around the Baths, to buying slaves to fight in the Gladiatorial games. There are instances in which you have the freedom to choose how to deal with various problems.


Rome: Pathway to Power DOS Ambushing the enemy
Rome: Pathway to Power DOS Captured by angry natives
Rome: Pathway to Power DOS Not only all roads lead to Rome, but sailboats too
Rome: Pathway to Power DOS Pacification of a village in Britannia

Alternate Titles

  • "Rome AD 92" -- European title

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User Reviews

A very good game, but still had it's flaws..... James1 (240) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1992 75 out of 100 75
PC Joker Dec, 1992 71 out of 100 71
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1992 6 out of 12 50
Power Play Dec, 1992 47 out of 100 47


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Historical accuracy

Mt. Versuvius erupted in AD 79, placing the game's year over a decade late.


The "Roman" names of in-game characters all sound jocular, mocking their functions (e.g. Militarius Conflictus, the Centurion; Vox Populus, the Herold - or a certain woman called... Erotica).

Sexual content

Male gladiators can be bought and sent into fighting games to win money. What are the possibilities with a female slave? Hector takes her into an empty alley to have... sexual intercourse with her (hinted at only in dialogue text).

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Richard Wilson (21) added Rome: Pathway to Power (DOS) on Aug 24, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419)