Source: Sega Force – Winter 1992
Warrior of Rome is a real-time strategy game released for the Sega Genesis in 1991. There were not a whole lot of strategy games of any kind for 16-bit consoles so if it is a genre you were interested in, you probably would have taken an interest in this game.
Warrior of Rome presents a fictional story about Julius Caesar and the Roman Army while he was general in 48 B.C. This game is actually called “Ambition of Caesar” in Japan. There are four different maps, all of which are based in Egypt. For each map (or level) the player must accomplish certain goals. The player can issue various commands to each troop, including movement, making traps, retreat, etc. When troops encounter an enemy, battle is automatically started.
This game received very mixed reviews. I think one of the issues is that people either love this type of game or hate it. As far as real-time strategy games of that era go, this one is probably fairly typical with the biggest complaint being a lack of variety. It was successful enough to spawn a sequel, cleverly titled Warrior of Rome II. There were not a huge number of titles to compete against in this genre on the Genesis though.
Personally, I don’t think real-time strategy game age as well as turn-based ones. However, if you do want to give this one a try, you’ll have to track down an original. There have been no re-releases and no sequels beyond the Genesis sequel released the following year.
The above ad is from the Winter 1992 issue of Sega Force.