Populus Romanus

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About this game

A turn based strategy war game where you lead Roman legions in their conquest of the Italian peninsula. Play various scenarios of the conflicts fought by the Roman Republic; Be the dictator for the Roman civilization at the ancient age when it was yet to become the largest empire in the world.

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* 14 scenarios of varying size and difficulty, ranging from the initial conquests of neighbouring kingdoms by Roman city-state, to the First Punic War and beyond
* Single player and Local Multiplayer (players sharing same device) game modes (online multiplayer not supported)
* Freely zoomable and pannable hex based map, with multitouch gesture support
* Hex and counter style of play, like many table-top TBS board games
* Autosaving: Progress is automatically saved at end of each turn, or when you switch away from the game; No risk of losing game progress because of forgetting to save
* Designed to be playable also on lower-spec Android phones and tablets; on the other hand, users with more capable 'droid devices have enhanced frame rate and smoother experience
* In-game help guide
* Supports natively all screen resolutions from the smallest phones in your pocket to the largest HD tablets
* OpenGL ES hardware accelerated graphics engine

The basic gameplay style of this game was inspired by many earlier hexagon based "oldskool" or retro PC strategy games like Fantasy General, Panzer General and Battle for Wesnoth as well as some of the more recent titles, such as Uniwar on mobile devices ... with a little bit of Civilization / Freeciv spirit mixed in. However, the backdrop of the game is set in the ancient Rome, and the game attempts to follow faithfully the known course of the events to the extent that is known to the modern historywriting (some liberties have been taken in interpreting the details to make the game more entertaining). The game has some minor RPG like elements such as unit leveling (success in combat leads first to veteran, then to elite status, giving stats improvements), but at its heart it is first and foremost a pure strategy game.

Nearly two millennia before the era of medieval knights and castles of the European middle ages, the first ancient settlers of the Roman tribe founded the city of Rome. As the legends customarily tell, the twin brothers and townsmen Romulus and Remus were the original founders, with Romulus eventually becoming the first king of Rome. From its humble beginnings first as a small village, and then a local kingdom, its destiny was to become a great empire encompassing all coasts of the Mediterranean sea and even beyond. For centuries, his royal majesty the Emperor of Rome was undoubtedly the most highborn ruler on the Earth, wielding total authority over a large portion of the humankind, until barbarian hordes and many years of revolution brought the fallen empire to its end.

The game begins in the very first years of the Roman saga; You, the player, will lead the Roman army, legion after legion, from a battle to another in the name of the Roman Empire against the mighty warlords of the neighbouring realms. Assault the Etruscans on river Tiber, stop the madness of Samnite invasion in Campania, conquer South Italy, drive Carthaginians out from the isle of Sicily, and much more ... May the god of war Mars spare you from the fury and vengeance of your enemies in the battlefield!

While the main campaign of the game deals with the Roman Republic expansion wars, the second campaign is played as commander Hannibal of Carthage, one of the greatest military commanders to ever live, whose brief advance against Rome brought him all the way from North Africa almost to the gates of Rome, before the Romans got their defense lines established. This revival of warfare between Carthage and Rome came to be known as the Second Punic War in the books of history.
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Jan 25, 2015

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630 reviews
A Google user
November 24, 2018
For a tablet game this is pretty fun, but it lacks the staying power of other tablet war games I've played like Open Panzer (an implementation of Panzer General) where the mechanics feel less random and where the battle front feels more dynamic. A typical scenario in this game has almost all units (friend and foe) crowd a strategic section of the map where you then try to take favorable terrain. This is actually quite fun for me, but after that initial struggle for favorable ground, the front becomes established making the game into dice rolling that feels highly random even with terrain and flank bonuses. It's very difficult to punch through an enemy defensive line and similarly it's relatively easy to hold a friendly defensive line. The established front is basically the entire game and once it is broken through you've won. Consider the free version and if you find that WW1 tactics in Rome is your thing, have a blast.
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A Google user
March 25, 2020
Some things are buggy, like in the last Roman campaign level the purple enemies become your allies, but continue to attack you. The preatorians are underpowered. The game is one front and then it's over for one of the players. But very nice game. Pity they don't support it anymore.
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Solomon Jones
December 2, 2020
I have completed this game multiple times over 10 years, I keep coming back to the simple story, combat and UI. I'm only angry that they haven't released a sequel in a different era because the developers of this game are stella.
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What's new

- Maintenance release (several fixes for different crashes; fix occasional savegame corruption in multiplayer)

- Added larger game font for high-resolution (xhdpi) devices