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SPQR is a point-and-click Myst-style game set in Ancient Rome. Journal entries, newspaper articles, and various puzzles must be dealt with as the player unravels a conspiracy which threatens the Empire.


SPQR: The Empire's Darkest Hour Windows Save/Load menu
SPQR: The Empire's Darkest Hour Windows Roman helmet
SPQR: The Empire's Darkest Hour Windows Levers
SPQR: The Empire's Darkest Hour Windows Rome fly-by animation

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Alternate Titles

  • "SPQR: L'heure la plus sombre de l'empire" -- French title

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User Reviews

Utterly lonely game. Windows 3.x Terrence Bosky (5221)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Apr, 1997 78 out of 100 78
Mac Ledge Macintosh Feb 01, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
PC För Alla Windows 3.x Mar, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Windows 3.x Jun 05, 2004 B- 67
Computer Games Magazine Windows 3.x 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Windows 3.x Jan 14, 1997 5.6 out of 10 56
Privat Computer PC Windows 3.x 1997 46 out of 100 46
Power Play Windows Feb, 1997 46 out of 100 46
Game.EXE Windows 3.x Mar, 1997 30 out of 100 30
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x Mar, 1997 19 out of 100 19


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The game claims to be an accurate representation of Rome. It was based on a highly successful online game.


SPQR is an acronym from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus ("The Senate and People of Rome").

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