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SPQR is a point-and-click Myst-style game set in Ancient Rome. Journal entries, newspaper articles, and various puzzles must be dealt with as the player unravels a conspiracy which threatens the Empire.


SPQR: The Empire's Darkest Hour Windows Pulley mechanism
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Alternate Titles

  • "SPQR: L'heure la plus sombre de l'empire" -- French title

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User Reviews

Utterly lonely game. Windows 3.x Terrence Bosky (5458)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Apr 02, 1997 78 out of 100 78
Mac Ledge Macintosh Feb 01, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Windows 3.x Jun 05, 2004 B- 67
GameSpot Windows 3.x Jan 14, 1997 5.6 out of 10 56
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Windows 3.x Apr 28, 1997 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Windows Feb, 1997 46 out of 100 46
PC Action (Germany) Windows 3.x Feb, 1997 45 out of 100 45
Quandary Windows 3.x Oct, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
CD-Action Windows 3.x Apr, 1997 Unscored Unscored
CD-Action Windows Apr, 1997 Unscored Unscored


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The game claims to be an accurate representation of Rome. It was based on a highly successful online game.


SPQR is an acronym from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus ("The Senate and People of Rome").

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