When In Rome review (iPad)

December 27, 2013

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10 word description: Casual resource/time management, Roman theme, 41 levels. 3 modes.

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10 word review: Pretty graphics, lots of levels. Familiar gameplay can feel repetitive.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Roads of Rome / My Kingdom for the Princess and others of this ilk.

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The good news: Easy to get into, very pretty visuals, plenty of content. Controls are good, with simple and intuitive order queuing / cancelling. Choice of modes to make the game as casual & relaxing as you need it to be.

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The bad news: Not a fault of this game, more an indication of how established this genre has become, the gameplay feels immediately familiar which leads to an early sense of repetition. The name of the game tends to suggest that even the developers are aware that they’re not exactly moving the genre in any particular direction.

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Arcadelife verdict: It’s hard to see where this genre can go, beyond yet another change of scenario or the addition of more and more levels. When in Rome is a great example of the genre, no doubt at all about that, but it feels like what it is – more of the same – rather than a new and exciting game.

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I’ve given this game a lower overall score than it deserves (if it was being judged purely on what it is, without taking the existing genre into consideration), because it doesn’t attempt to do anything particularly new and just sticks to an established formula. Fans of the genre, assuming they’re not as jaded and cynical as I am, will find a lot to like about When In Rome.

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 6.5/10
Final rating – 7/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Realore.com website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.0.4)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

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