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Pax Romana is a real-time strategy game in the tradition of Europa Universalis. The setting: the ancient Mediterranean world. The objective: control the destiny of the Rome. There are two gameplay modes: strategic and political.

In the strategic mode, the player controls Rome with the goal of securing the Republic and expanding its borders while also keeping the citizens happy. The map can be viewed through four different filters: military, economic, diplomatic, and administrative. Military view allows the player to manage armies and navies and appoint leaders of varying skills and abilities. In the economic view, the focus is on trade goods; the player must build trade routes (imports and exports) for each territory. Trade routes vary in value, cost to establish, and likelihood of being broken by war or other events. Diplomatic view allows the conduct of foreign relations; the player can raise or lower relations with other states (both major and minor) through gift-giving, public approval/disapproval, support of rebels, and other means. Once relations deteriorate, Rome has the option of declaring war—a necessity before making any aggressive military moves. Administrative view has the player building military units and roads, clearing land for economic development, and setting the priorities of the local governors.

In political mode, the player controls one of six historical factions, each with its own agenda. Success in this mode depends not only on fulfilling the overall goals of the strategic mode, but also on achieving the goals of the individual faction. This requires getting your faction members elected to the various offices (including censors, tribunes, governors, consuls, and proconsuls) and implementing policies through the Senate. Elections occur on a yearly basis, with the rest of the time being spent on politicking at the various locations of the Forum (baths, basilica, tavern, etc.).

Historical scenarios range from the Punic Wars to the rise of Caesar. A scenario editor is also included, giving the player the chance to alter scenarios and build new completely new ones. Of course, the ultimate goal is always the same: expand your power and establish the Pax Romana.


Pax Romana Windows Influence chart.
Pax Romana Windows Credits Screen.
Pax Romana Windows Senator list.
Pax Romana Windows Imperial map.

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Alternate Titles

  • "罗马的和平" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Римская империя" -- Russian spelling
  • "Luoma de Heping" -- Chinese Title

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Game Watcher Mar 11, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Withingames Dec 18, 2003 3 out of 5 60 Nov 12, 2003 12 out of 20 60
PC Gamer Feb, 2004 57 out of 100 57
GameSpot Jan 28, 2004 4.9 out of 10 49
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2003 48 out of 100 48
GameSpy Dec 26, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40 Dec 09, 2003 30 out of 100 30
PC Action (Germany) Dec 22, 2003 17 out of 100 17


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PCGamer77 (3233) added Pax Romana (Windows) on Mar 26, 2006