Strategy fans rejoice! Walls of Rome is a historically themed strategy game from the makers of and in the vein of Siege.
The defining factor of Walls of Rome’s is the attention to detail and the variety of commands available. This also means that the game is very complicated. You will need to have the 60 page manual at hand to get you started and you’ll want to go through the in-game tutorial.
Walls of Rome features 8 unique armies; The Celts, the Iberians, the Phoenicians, the Numidians, the Parthians, and the Romans, each with unique set of units. In the manual you’ll find information about each race’s place in history. Unit variety ranges from Swordsmen and Archers for the Parthians to Carthaginian Elephants for the Phoenicians, making each army a unique experience to master.
When you start a game you can either play a battle or start a campaign. As you can guess battles are disconnected and mostly opportunities to quickly smash some enemy head and campaigns are a string of interrelated battles.
Game play in Walls of Rome starts paused. While paused you rally your troops and equip them with ladders, catapults, roman fire, or a do-it-yourself ballistae for assembly on field. Then you issue commands to your units or change the commands they have been issued. Finally you un-pause the game and watch the battle unfold for as long as you like until you pause again to repeat the process. This sort of non-linear real time strategy allows you to both feel the chaos of battle but then stop it at any time to regain control.
Where Walls of Rome falls short is in multiplayer. There is none. Because of the non-linear nature of the game if there were two players being able to pause and resume at any time multiplayer. Consequently it’s not like this game could even do multiplayer, which is more the shame of it. The other fault Walls of Rome has is a clunky control scheme coupled with a staggering learning curve. One or the other on its own is tolerable, but having to put up with both at the same time is something that no one short of die hard historical strategy fans are willing to do.
If you are a die hard historical strategy fan, then give Walls of Rome a try. Do not forget to download the copy protection codes or the manual as this game isn't cracked.
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