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Review: Romance of Rome
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|Review Published On:||August 27th, 2016|
Each player has their own profile, where their progress is saved whenever they return to the map of Rome. Since you can do this at any time, you don't need to solve entire puzzles in one session, and can take things at your own pace.
Most of the offensive material in this game comes from the fact that it's based around ancient Rome and its culture. There are some references to magic or mystical objects, and Marcus' status in Rome is determined by what he owns.
The game's story revolves around a young man named Marcus, who was traveling to Rome in search of adventure. As it turns out, the adventure found him, and now he's mixed up in a plot to take over the Empire. At the heart of this plot are the Imperial Relics, priceless treasures that have been stolen by some dastardly criminal. The Emperor has promised his daughter's hand in marriage to the person that recovers these treasures, and feeling that this was the adventure he had been looking for, Marcus sets out to explore Rome and find the Relics.
Romance of Rome's gameplay also has some unique charms to it. Like most hidden object games, you'll be spending your time going from scene to scene, finding objects from a list. This time around, some of the objects are added to your inventory and can be used to interact with something within a scene. Note that the scene an object is used in isn't always the same scene where you found it; for example, a hammer collected from one scene might be used to smash a pot in another. Because of this, you can move between areas freely rather than completing them in succession.
You'll also earn coins as you sort through the various locations. These can be used in the Marketplace to purchase better clothing, jewelry, and other treasures that will improve Marcus' status among the Romans. This part isn't optional; you'll need to purchase everything in order to finish the chapter and continue the game.
All in all, this is a perfect little game for those who enjoy either hidden object games or casual games in general. It's not a challenging game, but I don't think it was meant to be.
Points of Interest
Additionally, there's a lot of dialogue in this game, and each line is fully voiced. Unfortunately, it's not always the best delivery, as it sometimes sounds flat, lacks emotion, or just sounds like someone was trying too hard to come across as serious. Still, it's a welcome touch.