Roads of Rome sends you on a different kind of road trip—this one is not to take to the road but to make the road. Your task (and you really don’t have any choice because Caesar said so) is to build a road from Rome through the barbarian lands to the north. The game provides a back story full of romance and politics, but don’t let that discourage you.
What is it?
Roads of Rome starts with some simple goals like “build one bridge,” and adds more and different tasks as you progress. Some of the goals the game assigns will actually provide you with the resources to keep playing. For example, clearing a fallen tree will also provide you with lumber, and clearing a pile of rubble will supply you with stone you need to build more roadways and bridges. Since this is a game about Rome, it is appropriate that there are wolves in the wilderness. While the wolves are hanging around your worker will hide in the camp and work stops. Tap on them a few times and they leave the area…just like a real wolf, right?
How does it work?
Each action you want one of your minions to perform requires a tap on the object of the action. Your workers will run to take care of whatever you tap. When they are done they will head back to camp and will wait in the tent until you give them a new task. Really? We can’t find help with a little more initiative than this? I guess Mr. Trump would fire these guys pretty quickly, but you’re stuck with them so it’s up to you to keep them busy.
You will need to take care of the basic needs of your camp so they can finish your appointed tasks. Gather berries so they have food to eat, chop down trees to supply lumber, quarry rock to make pavement stones, build the roads and bridges to keep Caesar happy. Each round has a two level time limit. If you complete the tasks for the level before the first two thirds of your time runs out, you earn an Expert Level. You will need to finish before the rest of your time runs out to finish successfully and appease Caesar. You also get to build a lumber mill which increases your return on lumber, a farm to provide food and an upgrade to your work camp to add an additional worker. The extra worker is not only handy, but will help you to accomplish your goals in time.
Is it contagious?
Roads of Rome is engaging and fun to play. Each level only takes a few minutes, so it doesn’t take up a large block of time. The graphics are detailed and smooth. The only problem I had was tapping objects precisely to get the workers to gather food. This is due, in part, to the very fine detail in the game graphics, but it is not a serious issue (it cost me a couple of seconds to tap on something more than once).
If you really like mobile games, this is well worth the $2.99 price tag. It is long enough to keep you playing for a few days, and the race against the clock aspect keeps it stimulating. Besides, there are no annoying orange cones in ancient Rome.
Do not try to tap a real wolf to make it go away. It only annoys the wolf and may be bad for your long term health (and your short term health for that matter).
Each level only starts the timer when you tap the screen. Take a moment to scope the level and decide how you want to order events to save time.
Use the magnifying glass at the bottom right. This will make it easier to tap the food icon at the farm. The resolution is so fine that you need to zoom in to get just the right spot to get the workers engaged in the task you want.