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370 BC. The City of Rome and its royal families has united Italy. It is time for them to turn their eyes outward. You will be leading one of the Royal Families of Rome (Julii, Scpii, Brutii). The Julii are in control of Northern Italy and they are very close to the borders of Gaul lands and the remainder of Europe. The Scipii are in Control of Southern Italy and Sicily. They are facing the Carthaginian people, who are one of the prime powers in Mediterranean. And the last family, the Brutii hold the eastern part of Italy. They have already set their eyes to Greece and Macedonia, most advanced civilizations of the ancient era. You will be choosing your faction who, you will try to carry to the victory over his enemies, and eventually his allies and the Rome. But keep in mind, the Senate is always watchful for ambitious leaders.

The game, true to the Total War Series, lets you manage your empire and armies in turn-based mode. You will commanding the movement of your armies and generals, managing your cities, hiring spies and mercenaries and use your diplomats where your military might can not reach. When the time comes to war, the game takes you to a 3D real-time environment. You will be commanding your armies, and you will try to overcome the enemy with whatever you have and imagine. Both modes of play lets you make strategical decisions that would be affecting your whole game. Also each civilization you conquer will be added as a new playable faction. After finishing the game you will able to choose all the playable factions. The game has some pre-arranged historic battles for those who want a quick fight. These are the same 3D real-time battles but with pre-determined forces.


Rome: Total War Windows Start-up screen
Rome: Total War Windows A victory screen for a multiplayer game...
Rome: Total War Windows Marriage pact
Rome: Total War Windows Selecting a campaign

Alternate Titles

  • "罗马:全面战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RTW" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

Rome: Total Uber-age James Kirk (159) unrated
The future of 3D Mass Combat IS NOW! Indra is stressed (20020) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Oct 22, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Daily Game Dec 12, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Dec 11, 2004 95 out of 100 95
Super Play (Sweden) Sep, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GMR Dec 20, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Factornews Dec 18, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 01, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Nov 15, 2004 87 out of 100 87
PC Powerplay Aug, 2005 86 out of 100 86
PC Action Oct 11, 2004 84 out of 100 84


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1001 Video Games

Rome: Total War appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


If you ever wondered whether manual combat brings better results than automatic combat (e.g. better character trait results), then the answer is yes. This is because the game programming requirements at an end battle are usually much better during manual combat than automatic combat. Automatic battles usually inflict minimal enemy casualties which usually is not enough for a character requirement to progress.


When you look in the building description for aqueduct, there's a quote "what have the Romans ever done for us? This is what!" This is a line from the Monty Python comedy movie Life of Brian.


In December 2004 has Rome: Total War won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


The Total War engine was used in The History Channels TV program called Decisive Battles to depict ancient battles and on the BBC television program Time Commanders, where contestants reenact historical battles and must work together to find the best battlefield tactics to win.


  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best PC Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2005 - #5 Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #5 PC Game of the Year
    • 2004 – PC Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • February 2005 - Best PC Strategy Game in 2004 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Indra was here, Maw, PCGamer77, uclafalcon and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Europa Barbarorum (Home of the "Europa Barbarorum" total conversion mod.)
  • Hegemonia: City States (Home of the "Hegemonia: City States" total conversion mod (Hellenic wars topic).)
  • Rise of Persia (Home of a "Rome: Total War" mod covering the rise to power of the Achaemenid Persian Dynasty in ancient Iran.)
  • TOTALWAR.COM (Official website for the Total War games)
reeZe Risowisch (8) added Rome: Total War (Windows) on Oct 13, 2004