Review: Rise of Rome – A Real Time Strategy Game for Your iPhone

Review: Rise of Rome – A Real Time Strategy Game for Your iPhone

While I’m not usually a player of real-time strategy games, I did agree to take a look at Rise of Rome, the Roman Empire themed RTS available for the iPhone.


Overview – Rise of Rome

Rise of Rome is a real time strategy game for the iPhone that has the player participating in a Roman Empire themed competition where you need to come up with the best strategies, formations, and the strongest corps to become the top hero in Ancient Rome.

When playing the game, after creating your own hero, you need to recruit, train, and direct heroes from the Roman Empire, (Including Caesar, Hannibal, Spartacus, and more).

Attacking first can give you a major advantage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win. It all comes down to how you use your forces.

The game starts with a tutorial. This is a great feature. It walks you through the gameplay, laying out the basic rules, and aiding you in the initial stages of your game.


Building a strong empire requires you to conquer other colonies and acquiring their copper, a precious resource in the game.

Rise of Rome’s battle system takes place in various territories, regions, and cities. You’ll direct an army consisting of soldiers, cavalry, long spearmen, even elephants.

It’s been awhile since I played Age of Empires, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it, even though it was an excellent game, Rise of Rome reminded me of AOE at times, and that’s a good thing. The menus do get a little cumbersome occasionally, and the small screen of the iPhone can make it a little hard for my 55-year-old eyes to read.

All in all, Rise of Rome will provide a challenge to gamers who enjoy a real-time strategy game, even if they may have to spend a few bucks on in-app purchases to move forward as quickly as they might like.



Rise of Rome has a good challenge to offer to players who enjoy real-time strategy games. Beginners at this type of game may want to look elsewhere for an introduction to this type of game. However, the price (FREE) is right, and the game can be played without making in-app purchases, so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving the game a try.

Rating: 3.5/5.0[rating:3.5]

Price: FREE (With In-App Purchases) – Available for the iPhone in the App Store. [DIRECT LINK]


  • Good tutorial system.
  • Good graphics, with engaging gameplay.
  • Usage of historical characters is a nice touch.
  • There is a Facebook page with tips and tricks.


  • The text needs to be bigger for these old eyes.
  • I’m not a fan of in-app purchases, but that may just be me.


*Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer in accordance with our app review policy, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.