Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Throwing in the massively upgraded engine, which makes the game look even more luscious than before the game could hardly be better, and with music that suits both the period and manages to be both pleasant and doesn't distract from the game, this can only be hailed as a massive success.
  2. The game as a whole is really well done, so Grand Ages: Rome is really worth to play.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. SeanB
    Mar 24, 2009
    This game is GORGEOUS! The graphics are so nice. Rich textures and lighting. A stylish depth of field that is used at screenshot style angles. The transport system was simplified to nothing. You now focus on where things are and less on how it gets there. This means you can build a gorgeous city that most City-sims wouldn't allow due to the rules of movement. It is easy to do any basic task, with a stream-lined and sensible interface. It allows the player to focus on the grand goal of building a city and crushing the barbarians that threaten good Roman citizens. Full Review »
  2. ChrisThomas
    Aug 14, 2009
    I would say 8.5. the thing this game lacks is re playability. you could say it has it because of the fact you can choose a different family to play as. But the missions themselves are the same. The multiplayer from what I have seen has died off fairly fast. The only way to get a match is to auto find one which makes getting to play certain maps and match types impossible. Having more playable factions should be their next step when they either make an expansion for this game or create Grand Ages 2. Overall its a great game with good graphics, in-depth storyline, decent multiplayer when it first came out ( as said before somewhat dead now ), and a half decent combat system although outdated still offers some strategy and offers a good spectacle to watch when you play a 2v2 and each sides has a good amount of units. Overall its a good game any city-building fanatic should try, Not the best but certainly the best thing for this specific time period and settings so far. Price is a tad bit high though it should be lowered to 30$ in the US. Full Review »
  3. Mehve
    Apr 6, 2009
    Not ground-breaking, but more refined than many other city-builders, with quite attractive visuals. Resource management is good, without the issue of transportation complicating things (for better or for worse). Combat is lackluster, lacking much variety or opportunities for advanced tactics, and entirely non-existent in quite a few missions. The plot has the potential to be interesting, but remains a little thin and hides most of the time. Ultimately, while this is technically an RTS, the pacing is far, FAR more Simcity than it is Starcraft. Full Review »