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  • Summary: Spartan is the third in a series of turn-based empire-building strategy games that includes the best-selling Legion and Chariots of War. Spartan focuses on one of the most influential civilisations in the history of mankind ? the ancient Greeks, and allows players to choose from 100Spartan is the third in a series of turn-based empire-building strategy games that includes the best-selling Legion and Chariots of War. Spartan focuses on one of the most influential civilisations in the history of mankind ? the ancient Greeks, and allows players to choose from 100 nations to lead to victory, including Sparta, renowned for its total dedication to the art of war and that produced the ultimate fighting machine of the ancient world ? the Spartan Hoplite; probably most famous for the courageous last stand of 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC. [Just Play] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Spartan is extraordinary from the perspective of any old warhorse of a strategy player. It has graphical polish, longevity and some well crafted ideas that other developers should take note of!
  2. 79
    A refreshing game to play after the waves and waves of strikingly-similar Real-Time and standard Strategy games that have been unleashed over the last couple of years. It brings with it many new ideas and new approaches to the genre.
  3. Although Spartan is quite complex, it is faulted by some ill design decisions, like the inability to build new cities, or the way battles are fought, to which we must add the mediocre technical department.
  4. If you've just taken a course on Greek history, you might appreciate the setting, but for both strategy and visuals, Spartan is very...well, spartan. [Dec 2004, p.106]
  5. Underdone graphics and sound that does everything except what it should dampen the already uninspired, copycat gameplay.
  6. There are a number of good ideas in Spartan, and though they aren’t particularly well-executed, some of them are fun to tinker around with and try out. But only tinker: Spartan is a slow and boring game that few will enjoy.
  7. Limited and uninspiring, Spartan won't satisfy anyone with an inkling of the quality of other games on the market.

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  1. DanM.
    Oct 10, 2004
    10
    This game rocks.
  2. RobinO.
    May 28, 2004
    10
    Multiplayer auto saves each turn.
  3. PeterB.
    Apr 25, 2004
    9
    Excellent turn based strategy game, much improved by recent patch to improve play-balance issues. Multiplayer has autosave save game facility
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    taking into account that it was created by less than half a dozen people (visit the company website sometime), this is really phenomanal. The taking into account that it was created by less than half a dozen people (visit the company website sometime), this is really phenomanal. The two lacking parts are that one cannot build cities, which is ofset by the fact that it is meant to mimic the area as closely as possible, and the lack of battle-field control. Expand
  5. DazG.
    Jun 13, 2004
    9
    Yep the MP autsaves every turn, a great game!!
  6. JohnDoe
    Apr 20, 2004
    7
    No multiplayer save option??