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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 Amiga Even if you're interested in peace and alliances, there's tough luck awaiting you most of times.
Centurion: Defender of Rome Amiga The list of commands you can issue.
Centurion: Defender of Rome Amiga Afterbattle statistics, even though Roman forces were outnumbered, it didn't affect the victory.
Centurion: Defender of Rome Amiga Colloseum, it is hard to believe such a picture can be done with no more than 16 colors.

Promo Images

Centurion: Defender of Rome Magazine Advertisement
Centurion: Defender of Rome Magazine Advertisement
Centurion: Defender of Rome Magazine Advertisement

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. David Ledgard (63) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Play Time Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Zero Jun, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Computing Aug, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Format Jul, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Interface 1991 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Aug, 1991 60 out of 100 60
Amiga Joker Jun, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1993 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Amiga Power Jul, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33

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Trivia

Awards

  • Enchanted Realms
    • September 1991 (Issue #8) – Distinctive Adventure Award

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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MAT (229784) added Centurion: Defender of Rome (Amiga) on May 01, 2003
Other platforms contributed by PCGamer77 (3229), Raphael (1261) and Terok Nor (32083)
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