CivCity Rome is inspired by Sid Meier's
Civilization and Sim City that is a city-builder set in the wondrous and dangerous
lands of ancient Rome which allows the gamer to control one of the
greatest civilizations of all time. Taking various city-building aspects
from the Civilization series and Sim City, CivCity Rome offers a variety
of different gameplay modes and over 70 technological advancements. The title also
features a citypedia and a manual to assist players with the basics of
the game which also gives you a great mini-history of the Roman empire.
Look inside the buildings – For the
first time in a city builder you can look inside the Villas, the
forums, and even the Roman baths! Discover, in much greater detail,
how Romans went about their daily lives.
Civilize your city – More than 70
technologies can be developed over time to give your city a
Use the rich research tree to improve
many aspects of your city and its relation to the wider empire.
Follow the life of a Roman family – Do
they thrive and prosper from humble hut to noble palace as they move
through the generations… or not? Well, that’s your call!
Ease of play – Driven purely by
building placement and strong visual feedback, the game lets you
create your own living community simply by choosing and placing the
wide variety of buildings.
Real Romans - An intriguing array of
characters will interact with you and bring high drama to your city
with their emotions, state of health, and candid feelings about the
The interface of CivCity is rather straight
forward with the main window looking into your gaming environment with a
left pane for building and maintenance options, a top pane displaying certain statistics
and options and of course a mini-map in the bottom right-hand corner of
the screen to assist you in managing this ancient wonderland.
With most of the gameplay modes, the player
starts with their own town center that gives gamers the option to recruit new
citizens by providing housing, employment and entertainment. As with Sim
City, by making your ancient city an enjoyable habitat, it ensures that
your citizens are happy but with that said, there is quite a bit of
micro and macro management needed to master the title.
In hind site and with all Sim City style of
games, the title is easy to learn but difficult to master as the player
must manage a wide variety of aspects of the city from ensuring that
your populace has enough food, to ensuring that their are jobs or that
your folk are protected from interlopers and disease, this title has it
all. Needless to say, it won't take an accountant to master the game but it will take hours
and hours of practice to strike the right balance for your citizens.
There will even be famous Romans in the
city who will comment on and present new challenges for you.
Build mighty wonders – Influence the
direction of your city by building spectacular monuments
Production of these trophy buildings
will give your city big advantages and look great too!
This is not your Father’s Rome – This
is your Rome, so customize your city the way you see fit! With
hundreds of buildings to place, this game offers more options than
any other city building game.
Learn a little history and have loads
of fun doing it - A wealth of humorous, scary and downright
disgusting facts await the curious mind in the instructive and
factual ‘CityPedia’, that can be easily accessed within the gameplay
CivCity Rome also features an entertaining
but sometimes annoying combat system that is rather limited when
compared to other war games of the genre such as Rome Total War but does
help break the monotony. Battlewise, CivCity Rome would have been a more entertaining if the developers gave the player more
control on their armies but keep in mind that you already enough on your
plate, it's a nice steady distraction to the main gameplay.
A rather nifty feature of the game is that you can send your armies
to conquer other cities in order to bring more wealth into your cities
and also broaden your trading routes. This feature is handled both on
and off screen.
Graphically, CivCity is up their with the
best of them with its 3D environment that almost has this cartoon feel
to it but with a rather accurate representation of ancient Rome. All the
characters feature their own looks and personalities that nicely meld
with the gaming environment. Whether you're looking at the coliseum or
one of the world's great wonders, it's easy to get lost in this amazing
world. Match that with all the sounds of the ancient Rome and a
gorgeous ambient soundtrack, Fraxis may just have a hit on their hands.
In conclusion, CivCity Rome is an
entertaining city-builder that features the glorious Roman Empire with
all their ups and downs of this ancient empire. The title features an interesting campaign
mode with a variety gameplay modes, gorgeous graphics and
entertaining sound effects, CivCity Rome will transform all gamers into
Julius Caesar, Nero or Constantine the Great! Recommended!