Caesar II

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Sierra

Game

Suitable for all audiences

Ratings:

4 stars from PC Entertainment

4 stars from Computer Gaming World

Salve!

It is the third century B.C. and the Roman Republic is in its infancy - a mere scattering of semi-autonomous city-states under the nominal leadership of the Roman Senate. Rome is destined to become a shining empire, embracing the whole of the Mediterranean world under a single government. But to fulfill this destiny, the Empire needs leaders with courage, ambition, will, and vision.

In Caesar II, you are the Governor of a Roman province. You answer to the Emperor himself, but you begin as a rather lowly public figure who may rise and fall in his favor. It is your goal to build, from the ground up, that you are up to the task, you will be promoted to the governorship of another, more challenging province. With increased success, your Imperial stature will rise. When you have successfully governed enough provinces and when you have excelled in expanding and glorifying the Empire, you will be granted the ultimate promotion: you will become Caesar - Emperor of Rome!

Requirements for Windows 95: Windows 95, CD-ROM drive

Requirements: Macintosh - 68040 25MHZ (Power Mac recommended), System 7.1 (System 7.5 recommended), 8 MB RAM (16MB for Power Mac), 2x CD-ROM, 20MB hard drive space, 256 colors.

Reviews:

PC Entertainment, January 1996

"In Caesar II, you play the architect of Roman society. Starting as the humble governor of a small province, you must struggle to find peace and prosperity for your plebs. Succeed, and the Emperor will take notice and give you a larger province to run. Each province has its own unique set of challenges. Some are rich in minerals, while others are vulnerable to invasion from various barbaric hordes. Your goal? To become the next Caesar, of course."

"The game is played in a SimCity-like fashion. You build roads, houses, schools, hospitals, markets, bathhouses, theaters, coliseums, temples, armies, and whatnot by simply clicking on the appropriate icon and then selecting a location on the screen."

"Luckily, Caesar II's interface makes it easy to keep track of nearly every vital game element. You simply click on a pull-down menu to find out important information such as water, tax, and security coverage, then make the necessary adjustments to keep as many people happy as possible. Alternately, click on one of those plebs walking around to see what he's got to say about your leadership abilities."

"Caesar II also includes a campaign mode in which you govern at the province level. You must manage an army, set up trade routes with border towns, build ports, and repel invaders. "

"Graphically, Caesar II is a gem. Each building and structure is modeled in detailed Super VGA, and gorgeous - if repetitive - cinematics help bring your city to life. Acoustically, though, Caesar II is disappointing. You're limited to uninspiring background music and annoyingly repetitive ambient noises. Fortunately, Caesar II's strategic element is so strong that you'll hardly notice these minor blemishes. This entertaining and highly addictive game is a must-have for strategy and simulation fans."

Computer Gaming World, January 1996

"Vox populi, vox Dei For those who don't speak Latin, this is an old Roman proverb - 'the voice of the people is the voice of God'. On the city level of Caesar II, the phrase is given its full import. One of my favorite parts of the game is the portrait it draws of the Roman people, their needs and expectations, and the shape of their daily lives. The designers get big points for the time and thought that went into their modeling of Roman culture - and since the Western world learned most of its civilization from the Romans, this is not as trivial an accomplishment as you might think. The parallels between a Roman city and a modern metropolis are obvious."

"If you can bring Roman culture, Roman peace, Roman prosperity and Roman roads to ten consecutive provinces, you get the purple toga - they'll declare you Caesar, a god on earth, and you win the game. The last few promotions are extremely difficult; as your minimum ratings approach 100, it will take longer and longer to achieve your goals."

"Because the game takes a considerable length of time to win, and because there are so many different paths to victory, Caesar II will probably yield at least a hundred hours of play to the average gamer, and possibly much more. It's an excellent value for your entertainment dollar, and will also recycle extremely well to friends and relations (in the unlikely event that you ever get tire of your copy!)"


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