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Annals of Rome begins in 273BC and sets you as a Roman senator, with the ultimate aim of colonizing as much of the known world as possible, and retaining that power against Carthaginians, Vandals, Parthians, Persians and all the other world forces. You have a strong army at your disposal, and can direct your generals as to which countries they attempt to invade.

The game is turn-based, and these turns operate in phases, beginning with the economic circumstances of population and tax income being decided - it's recommended to keep taxation taxing low unless things become desperate. The game then updates you on the statuses of your generals, and give you the chance to redistribute them to other parts of your kingdom.

Officers may rebel and cause a civil war - fortunately this can usually be pre-empted. More serious are attempts to take land from other civilizations, which take place in order and include conflicts between other groups. These, like every element of the game, are accurately historically modeled and variable in time-span as a result.


Annals of Rome Amiga A Roman uprising fails to take back Italia.
Annals of Rome ZX Spectrum Germania being the Latin name
Annals of Rome DOS Allocate some funds to the troops...
Annals of Rome DOS Here's the results after an uprising...

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Alternate Titles

  • "Annalen der Römer" -- German title

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User Reviews

Awesome! Never judge a game by graphics alone DOS bb bb (33)
absorbing Atari ST stan howard (3)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1987 850 out of 1000 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Oct, 1990 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Jun, 1989 9 out of 20 45
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Strategy Game of the Year

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