developer: Matrix Games/Slitherine
publisher: Just Play
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1-2
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Over 2000 years ago there was a city called Sparta. The city had only two purposes – to train for war and to fight the wars she trained for. Over time Sparta became renowned for having the strongest, fastest, bravest and most deadly fighters in the known world. They were the Spartaites and were feared by all. With these warriors Sparta carved out an Empire for itself –‘Lakedaimon’. However, it was soon to find that its reign was not to be unopposed and other great cities were rising to the fore; Athens, Thebes, Corinth, Macedonia and not to forget the threat from the east – the massive Persian Empire.
Can you unite Greece in time to defy the Great King and his mighty Persian Empire?
First let us say that Spartan is NOT an RTS. This means the gameplay will be very different to other games that may look similar. Contrary to a lot of information you might see on the Internet - Spartan is nothing like Total War, as anyone who has played it will know! It's unfortunate that we have to spell it out like this, but because some of the screenshots look in some ways similar, people are deciding what Spartan is about without reading any of the information that is available! We want to clear up all these misconceptions. Spartan is an Empire building turn based strategy game, where the focus is on building an empire through diplomacy, trade, research, and war, but less focus on the battles than you would find in an RTS. It is designed for people who are interested in the period and those strategy gamers who don't want the fast paced click-fest of an RTS and prefer time to think about their decisions.
*Engrossing turn based strategy that builds on the success of Legion & Chariots of War
*New & beautifully hand-crafted 3D rendered campaign map
*Upgraded to fully 3D battles with free zoom and rotatable camera
*Optional 2D battles for low spec machines
*Innovative Always Active 2 player multiplayer over LAN & Internet via Gamespy
*Use ships to travel from island to island, fight naval battles & perform naval invasions.
*Siege castles and assault them when they are weakened
*Build city walls armed with catapults and hurl Greek fire onto your enemies, scorching the earth and killing anyone in their path
*Huge battles allowing twice as many squads as before (up to 16 per side) on battlefields 4 times the size
*Enhanced diplomacy options, trade agreements, tributes, spying sabotage & more
*Over 100 different nations on a huge campaign map that spans Greece and the ancient near east
*Loads of great new Greek & Persian units with hundreds of animations
*New resources, technologies, nations, leaders, units, structures, events, barbarians & more
*Mission objectives, historic events & capital cities
*Epic structures such as the Acropolis, Oracle & the Colossus
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 314 players' votes.
age requirements: 12+
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium III 450MHz, 128MB RAM, graphic card 16MB, 500 MB HDD