Caesar IV

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Caesar IV
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Developer(s) Tilted Mill Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment
Series City Building Series
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA September 26, 2006
  • AUS September 28, 2006
  • EU October 20, 2006
Genre(s) City-building
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Caesar IV is a city-building game set in ancient Rome, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game was released on September 26, 2006 in North America. The game features a three-dimensional game engine and individual modeling of game character behaviors.

Like its original release Caesar in 1992, the game simulates city administration in historical Rome. Like its sibling release Children of the Nile in 2004, the game continues a new trend in the city building game genre to use more interactive and detailed game video game design and play.

A demo was released by Tilted Mill on August 16, 2006.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

In a departure from older versions in the series, Caesar IV is equipped with variable, realistic 3D instead of fixed, isometric 3D. This means more realistic landscapes and city views, and the ability for players to better see and use game building space. In addition, buildings and roads may be placed at 45 degree angles to the playing grid, as well as aligned with the grid, allowing game players more options in creating efficient and visually appealing city layouts.

Housing[edit]

In an attempt at historical realism, the game tries to stay as close to proper Roman lifestyles as possible. To this end, Sierra Games did detailed research into Roman lifestyles using secondary sources and primary sources.[citation needed]

Scenarios[edit]

The game is divided in three parts, named after the three traditional eras of Ancient Rome: "Kingdom", "Republic" and "Empire". The Kingdom part is a tutorial, while the Republic and Empire parts make up the campaign, where one can choose between peaceful and military assignments.

Scenarios
Rank Peaceful assignment Military assignment
Kingdom
Clerk Arretium N/A
Verona
Capua
Genoa
Brundisium
Republic
Clerk Syracusae Mediolanum
Deputy Narbo Thessalonica
Decurion Caralis Burdigala
Magnate Corinth Tarraco
Quaestor Narona Emerita Augusta
Aedile Condate Riedonum Hippo Regius
Praetor Carthago Londinium
Empire
Decurion Viminacium Argos
Magnate Alexandria Virunum
Quaestor Lugdunum Ulpia Traiana
Aedile Caesarea Antiochia
Praetor Ephesus Moguntiacum
Censor Tingis Tarsus
Consul Nicomedia Colonia Agrippina

There are still five more scenarios that are sandboxes: Amida, Corduba, Cyrene, Djedu and Roma. The last is only available for people who pre-ordered the game directly from Tilted Mill Entertainment. In all these scenarios the rank that is used is "Quaestor". There is also a level editor available for the game.

Reception[edit]

Caesar IV has received mixed reviews. Most of the complaints center around crashes, user interface issues, lag problems and repetitive game play. Positive aspects mentioned were the visually appealing 3D graphics and professional sound and music.[2][3]

The Australian video game talk show Good Game's two reviewers gave the game a 6/10 and 8/10.[4]

It has a metacritic rating of 74.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FilePlanet: Caesar IV Demo
  2. ^ Metacritic
  3. ^ GamerNode - 8.2 out of 10
  4. ^ "Good Game stories - Dead Rising and Caesar IV". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Caeser IV for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

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