Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 60
    Everything here has a very paint-by-numbers feel to it and, while we're not enemies of following the traditions and conventions of the genre, there's no reason to make yet another Roman-themed city builder if you're not going to try to do it in a way that is noticeably different from the other three that are still sitting on store shelves.
  2. Imperium Romanum ticks all the right boxes; with an intuitive and easy to understand interface, a varied mix of scenarios to play through and a substantially improved graphics engine, there's a lot to like about it - but it isn't perfect.
  3. What is there to tell about Imperium Romanum, which isn't already been said about "Glory of the Roman Empire"? The game brings absolutely nothing new and feels like some tied together missions. Imperium Romanum is on the other hand a nice builder to play. The game is mainly a good title for newcomers in the genre.
  4. Imperium Romanum offers tons of replay value, with different modes and virtually unlimited ways to play each scenario.
  5. The level of historical detail on offer will be enviable to even the more established franchises, and whilst Imperium doesn't do anything to reinvent the genre as a whole, it's certainly a well-refined product that's worth a look to veteran players; or particularly those of you jumping in for the first time. Solid, if unspectacular then.
  6. Imperium Romanum is fun, but it could have been so much better. There is no story to connect the varied missions -- that causes the game to feel lifeless and shallow. It's a shame, because it looks beautiful and is full of ideas, but fails in vital areas.
  7. A pretty standard Roman city builder. While that may seem like enough for hardcore fans of the genre, the title fails to really bring anything new and innovative to the table.
  8. Visually stimulating, with a friendly interface, but overall Imperium Romanum isn't very ambitious.
  9. It’s a little boring and it’s a little easy and it’s a little basic, but if you’ve never tried the city-building genre before, then you might find it to be of some value. However, if you’re familiar with the genre at all, then you might as well skip Imperium Romanum, because you’ve already played better versions of it.
  10. The gameplay is very basic and badly dated and, with all the top-end city building sims out there now, that makes it doomed to failure. With very little in the way of redeeming features, it is only going to have any kind of appeal to the most hardened of Roman history vets – ones who don’t know games very well so won’t know better.
  11. Old-fashioned city building and bugs turn Imperium Romanum into an ancient ruin.
  12. 25
    You can play a few pointless sandbox maps that demonstrate the straightjacketed city progression, whether you're in Capua, Venice, Sparta, or Memphis.
  13. 70
    Imperium Romanum has some significant problems - it's a buggy mess, has horrible combat mechanics, and doesn't really get across what the problems with your city is - but in spite of these problems there is still a good amount of fun to be had.
  14. This ancient city planning simulator got a bit more interesting, but is still lacking many managing options and the scale is certainly sub par, especially considering that the population of Rome at its peak was over 1 million. [May 2008]
  15. It is not going to set the world afire with a wild reimagining of the format, but Imperium Romanum is a solid and enjoyable city management simulation, with some gorgeous graphics, an evocative soundtrack, and very confident execution. [May 2008, p.64]
  16. Quotation forthcoming. [Apr 2008]
  17. If you can turn a blind eye to the ropey skirmishes, you'll be in for weeks of city building goodness. [Apr 2006, p.85]
  18. Much like roast dormouse: moreish but unsatisfying. [Apr 2008, p.79]
  19. Overly simplified combat. [July 2008, p.60]
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PascalG.
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Imho one of the best city-builders on the market...just perfect to relax after a long day of work...which is right now.
  2. [ANONYMOUS]
    Nov 28, 2009
    9
    Very nice graphics, Good gameplay, Interesting features and historical notes. Good game!
  3. RobH.
    Mar 11, 2008
    2
    There's nothing particularly innovative or exciting about this game. I'm a big fan of city-builders but this does nothing to There's nothing particularly innovative or exciting about this game. I'm a big fan of city-builders but this does nothing to improve on what's already out there, and in many ways is actually worse. At best, it feels like I Full Review »