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  • Summary: Horrible Histories Ruthless Romans is a fun packed party game where the plot that follows the struggle of young Rassimus to achieve glory as a gladiator and obtain his freedom. Rassimus, a slave and an ambitious gladiator-in-training, has been raised as a foundling by the great gladiator trainer Lucius Gladius, and spent nearly 12 years in his service. Lucius has now given him a chance to begin his training, and Rassimus hopes that he will be successful and one day become a citizen of Rome. [Slitherine] Collapse
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  1. Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans is filled with important (and child-pleasingly gory) facts and does to a certain extent succeed in making learning fun. The mini-games are enjoyable overall and well put together, with only some suffering from irritating controls and the game is well aimed at young children, forming almost a love letter to the fans of the original books, although it is quite text-heavy, so don't expect your children to forsake Mario and Zelda for it altogether.
  2. Curiously, some of the gore has been toned down for the game, so it's lost some of what made the books and cartoons so popular. [Oct 2009, p.80]
  3. Now I know this game is aimed at a young market, but I think things are too dumbed down here and that they are underestimating the youth of today.
  4. Stick to the books instead. [July 2009, p.73]
  5. The Story Mode is the highlight, though the story itself is wasted given the lackluster quality of most of the mini-games on offer.
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