Tin Soldiers: Julius Caesar Review

Developer: Koios Works Publisher: Matrix Games
Release Date: April 26, 2005 Also On: None

Tin Soldier: Julius Caesar is a strategy game set in ancient Rome. You take control of Julius Caesar’s army, and take them into battle against all enemies of Rome, in lots of different battles across the European continent. The game features famous names from the Roman Empire such as Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar himself.

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The gameplay is very similar to the board game War Hammer. Where each team has a number of “units�, each unit can move a set distance, depending on who they are (e.g. the soldiers on horses are able to move farther than the legionnaires). When they are within range, they can also attack the enemy, using either their close combat weapons or their long range weapons (spears and bows).

Again, just like War Hammer you make all of your moves for all of your units and then click a button to end your turn. From there, the computer will then take 10-20 seconds to make its moves. You then see the units make the moves that you selected. As each move is taken you are told how successful you were, (e.g. how many of the enemies you killed, and how many units you lost).

Once all the units have taken their turns you then do the same thing again for all of your units. This then occurs again and again until you fulfil the objectives of the map. There are loads of different scenarios in the battle mode, and many different battles to do in the campaign mode, giving good replay value.

The graphics are simple, yet effective. The units are all well drawn and the maps are pleasant on the eye. Simple grass effects create the majority of the map, as well as sandy beach areas, and nice water effects. The animations on the units, when they move, are smooth and work well helping the Roman battlefield come to life.

The menus are simple and get easier to use the more you play the game. Once you have a feel for what each button does, selecting all the moves for your army becomes second nature, and with practice and experience you can get all of your army moving in a matter of minutes.

The sounds in this game are impressive. From the moment you open the game you are invited by the typical “classical-Roman-sounding� music. This type of music is repeated throughout the entire game, it will always be in the background. This sets the scene for the game really putting the game into the period it is set in. The rest of the sounds within the game are the sounds of the units fighting, shouting and dying.

I have never really been a fan of War Hammer, I found it boring and repetitive, and I can say the same about this game. If I am going to be totally honest, I did not enjoy playing this game at all. Please remember that this is my opinion. This game is not to my tastes. I usually prefer faster paced games than this. I would recommend this game to people who are fans of War Hammer, or those into very tactical warfare games. I would not recommend it to someone who is not patient and does not like turn-based strategy games, it takes a while for the battles to really take off and get interesting. Stick with the game and it does improve.

Graphics: 5.5
Sound: 6
Gameplay: 3
Creativity: 4
Replay Value/Game Length: 6
Final: 4.9
Written by Graeme Review Guide

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