Romopolis - Caesar Believes in You!
Romopolis is a game that combines truly addictive and challenging game play with amazing
graphics and immersive atmosphere of ancient Rome. This week has brought us several games
that creatively remake the idea of Build-a-lot strategy game play and put it to historic
setting. Romopolis is a great example how it can be done to make a perfect game.
The Empire needs your services, citizen! Are you ready to work for your Caesar?
You will take up the part of a new Imperial Architect in ancient Rome and Caesar, the
powerful Emperor, will observe your work, give you tasks and direct the development of his
Empire with the help of your skills and talent. That's basically all about the story. Let's
speak about the game play.
So, be ready to use your strategical thinking and plan everything ahead, as in Romopolis
you'll desperately need it to succeed. Each level represents a new city where you have to
complete the mission given to you by the Caesar. You'll have goals obligatory to fulfill
before your deadline approaches and usually an optional goal fulfilling which will bring you
a trophy. The goals are mostly like building a certain number of houses or some service
buildings, having some resources in stock or a certain denaries balance (money, that is), or
income. You might also be required to reach a definite level of commerce, religion,
healthcare or culture in your city or have a minimum number of residents. All these are
achieved by building different kinds of constructions and arranging them so that you could use the given area most efficiently. As for me, the most tricky goals are those connected
with happiness. It's rather hard to calculate, how many houses and gardens you'll need and
the plan how to place your houses and services in order to achive the minimum necessary
level. And the larger the house, the more demanding are its residents!
Tip: try to place the gardens so that they were surrounded with houses. And putting a house
near several gardens also works well.
In order to build something you'll need a number of resources. Some of them can be bought
with money, like wood, stone and workers. Blueprints and concessions, required to unlock new
constructions and upgrades, can also be purchased. But, for example, building lots are
limited in quantity, tough you may get some more by cutting the forest or mining stones.
These activities will also give you some materials.
There is much more about Romopolis, and I must say the game is genuinely challenging, and
you do have to think hard and quick at the same time, but the fun is worth the effort. And
if you don't want to fulfill missions someone designed for you, you are welcome to select
the Sandbox mode and construct your own city as you wish.
Welcome to your new service, citizen!
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