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Setting: City - Rome

Group Description

Games in which at least part of the setting is the city of Rome, Italy. The setting can be historical, present, or futuristic (including imaginary versions of the city).

While 753 BC is traditionally considered to be the year when the city was founded, Rome has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city has been successively the capital of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, the Papal States and modern Italy. It numbers over 2.8 million inhabitants as of 2017 (4.3 million in the metropolitan area) and includes Vatican City inside its boundaries.

Some of the most popular attractions featured in games are:
  • Vatican City -- the enclaved city-state which is where the Catholic pope resides and rules. It is comprised of several religious buildings, museums, gardens and most notably St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square. (e.g. Broken Sword: The Angel of Death)
  • The Colosseum -- built in 72-80 AD under emperors Vespasian and Titus, it is currently the largest amphiteater in the world. It originally housed fights between gladiators, executions, dramas and other events. During the Middle Ages it was used for various purposes such as a cemetery and as a castle, although gradually it was stripped of its stone to build other edifices in Rome. (e.g. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood)
  • The Pantheon -- built in its current form in 113-125 AD under emperors Trajan and Hadrian, the Pantheon was originally a Roman temple, although it is uncertain to whom or what it is dedicated. The main part of the temple, a circular room called Rotunda can fit a sphere with a 43 m diameter, while the dome ends with a circular opening at the top, through which a beam of light can get through from outside. Starting from the year 609 until the present day, the Pantheon has been used as a Christian church. (e.g. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood)
  • Altare della Patria -- an eclectic monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. It is a symbol of the modern Italian state where national celebrations take place every year. (e.g. along with the Colosseum it dominates the Rome circuit in Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6)
Generally, Rome is fairly popular among game developers thanks to its rich history and architecture comprising several styles, including Classical, Renaissance and Baroque. When its outdoors are depicted, Rome is shown as a culture-rich city with narrow streets and low-rise buildings. Churches, ancient ruins and classical statues are used often as well.

  • The game must be set in the city itself, not a surrounding area.
  • Games that simply claim to take place in Rome are permitted, even without a recognizable landmark.
  • Games that take place solely on a global or regional map featuring the city (e.g. strategy games), should not be added here.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Serious Sam 42020Stadia, WindowsDevolver Digital, Inc....
Big City Adventure: Rome2017WindowsJolly Bear Games, Inc....
World's Greatest Places Mahjong2015WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
European Mystery: The Face of Envy (Collector's Edition)2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Real World Racing2013WindowsInky Mind UK Ltd...
Shadows on the Vatican - Act 1: Greed2012WindowsAdventure Productions...
Rhianna Ford & The Da Vinci Letter2010iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windowsastragon Software GmbH...
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ubisoft, Inc.4.04
Alpha Protocol2010OnLive, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now, Windows, Xbox 360SEGA of America, Inc.3.58
Gran Turismo 52010PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.3.94
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood2010PlayStation 3Ubisoft, Inc....
Romance of Rome2009Android, bada, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsAwem Studio...
Insider Tales: Vanished in Rome2009WindowsINTENIUM GmbH...
Assassin's Creed II2009PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox OneUbisoft Entertainment SA3.89
Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 7 - The Cardinal Sins2008WindowsGrundislav Games4.06
Petka VIII: Pokorenie Rima2007WindowsBuka Entertainment...
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights2007Nintendo DSTHQ Inc....
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights2007PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360THQ Inc.3.77
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos2007Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Creat Studios, Inc.3.10
Belief & Betrayal2007WindowsLighthouse Interactive Game Publishing BV2.99
Rome: Curse of the Necklace2007Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game2006WindowsThe Adventure Company3.70
Shadow of Rome2005PlayStation 2Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.80
City Racer2003GameCube, PlayStation 2, WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.08
Muscle Car 3: Illegal Street2003WindowsGlobal Star Software Inc....
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Selected Covers

Romance of Rome Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Romance of Rome
Shadow of Rome PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow of Rome

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Romance of Rome
Story premise
Screenshot from Shadow of Rome
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