The Roman Empire has been pillaged by barbarians! As the chief engineer, you are tasked with getting the roads back in order so the army can re-secure the empire area by area. Through the use of natural resources and the repair of damaged productive buildings like farms, lumber mills and quarries, blockages can be removed the roads can be rebuilt. Ultimately, you will have to:
• Fill potholes
• Put out fires
• Remove fallen trees
• Cut through rock slides
• Rebuild and upgrade buildings
• Perform extra tasks for cash or access to necessary resources
Game Narrative and Background
Because you are working on the Roman Empire's frontiers, you need to complete each stage in a certain amount of time before the barbarians strike again.
If you like time management games, Roads of Rome III is a good one that is sure to provide plenty of challenge. With four difficulty levels and over 40 stages, it will keep you entertained for days, if not weeks. The storyline is serviceable at best, but the game is much more about the gameplay experience than about narrative or poetry.
Beginning the Game
Each stage begins with a single villager amid a wasteland of possibility. You have the choice to begin gathering one of several different resources, rebuilding the road, rebuilding a productive building to get a more reliable source of resources, or working to upgrade your main camp and get more villagers.
As you get more villagers and rebuild productive structures, the game becomes more complex. You need to ensure proper resource flow while thinking about many other tasks, including:
• Fixing the road
• Clearing obstacles to more resources
• Gathering resources
• Whether/when to spend money to upgrade your resource buildings
• Avoiding resource bottlenecks
• Scaring away barbarians
• Rebuilding after natural disasters like earthquakes
• Doing it all before time runs out
While this game is undeniably a strategy game, it is also quite fast-paced. You generally need a game plan in order to get through the latter stages in time.
The gameplay interface is intuitive, only requiring the use of the mouse. Click on a villager and click on the resource he needs to grab or the road section he needs to rebuild. Keep gathering resources from your productive buildings or they won't produce new batches, which might cause a resource bottleneck later on.
If you enjoy games that require precise application of fast-paced problem solving, you'll love Roads of Rome III. You have to perfect your initial build to make the most use of your resource flows. It can be incredibly satisfying to develop and flawlessly perform a fifteen-minute time management strategy on one of the later levels.
Roads of Rome III can be quite frustrating if you make a single mistake during play. Similarly, if you don't think well under pressure, this game might become infuriating.
But if you have the patience and focus required to keep track of five separate resources, three villagers and multiple task streams all at the same time, the rebuilding of an empire and Roads of Rome III awaits!