ROMAN EMPIRE BUILDING
SIMULATION of ancient wars between old-world empires has become a speciality of the software house M C Lothiorian. Roman Empire, for the 16K Spectrum and ZX-81, is the new Lothlorian product. The game is set in the first century BC. As Emperor of Rome you have to conquer six hostile countries. Those countries are regarded as hostile because you do not rule over them.
At the beginning of the game you are given five generals, each with an army under his command. The armies are your ticket to absolute power. As well as the five armies you also have 10 legions, each comprising 5,000 soldiers. From those legions you can stock your armies in such a way as to make sure you will be the conqueror. The way in which you distribute the legions is an important factor in winning the game.
There are three levels of play, ranging from difficult to impossible. We have managed to keep our power-base only in the first two levels. When you have entered the level of difficulty you must build your armies and send them against the countries of you choice.
Matching armies is a skill which is not acquired easily. If you put the wrong army into an area which contains an enemy army of greater strength you will be eliminated. Roman Empire costs £5.50 for the Spectrum and £4.50 for the 16K ZX-81 from M C Lothlorian, 4 Granby Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 6LS.