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ROME: Total War for iPad now available in the App Store for $9.99, a faithful port of the original title
As announced on Monday, ROME: Total War is now available as an iPad game, priced at $9.99 in the App Store. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, ROME: Total War is considered by critics as one of the best PC strategy games. The makers of the iPad version have ported the entire game, ‘without compromise', to the tablet.In the game, players move from a strategic 2D map to a 3D battlefield environment. You direct troops like calvary, infantry and artillery to overcome the opponent – often recreating real historic battles. The scale of the game is massive, with thousands of onscreen units fighting simultaneously. I played the game ahead of its official release and was quite impressed …On my 12.9 inch iPad Pro, the experience is very immersive with incredible sound. The game developers have added new Retina-quality textures but all the 3D models are the same as they were in the original 2004 game, so the visuals are not quite on par with the latest iOS titles.This game is not easy; it is a strategy tactical title that you will have to sink your teeth into. This is not a casual game for anyone to pick up but fans of the genre will not be disappointed. It's nice to have ‘real' games come to the iPad as the App Store is generally flooded with freemium puzzle shovelware.Gameplay is solid; being able to direct units by lassoing them with touch input is natural and intuitive. You can also pan around the battlefied and pinch to zoom in. The menu system is weird though, some buttons require a long-press gesture to activate whilst others require button presses.