Didn't AH do a game called Gladiator also?
Yep - I forget who the original developer was. It was one of those "we'll publish it for you" deals that AH got into so much as time went along. It was pretty good, but it had no sex appeal. When you were retarius swinging your net and lunging with your trident, you had no feel for how beautiful and agile you were. A computer version was desperately needed, and none was forthcoming. Kind of a shame, really...
UPDATE (like anybody really cares, but, what the hey) - Ah. The original publisher of Circus Maximus and Gladiator was Battleline Games, bought out by AH in the early '80s. You can find a rip of the game (I ain't saying where, but you know, you sly devils, you), which I downloaded. It wants to work on XP, even though a DOS game, but I have had no luck in getting past the chariot design screen. It's a puny, weak little thing, but, hey, if I can get it to work, who knows? Maybe it'll soothe my hurt feelings after I am disappointed by AE... I still like AH's old "Advanced Civilizations" game (Which works on XP - and this one I loaded from the CD I actually bought oh, so many years ago). It ain't fancy, but it works, and if you don't know what you're doing and do it just right, the AIs will come and eat your lunch for you.
You want a challenge? Try playing as Crete against seven AI civilizations. Many of you accustomed to high-tech, RTS, graphics intensivity and all the other candy won't like it, but I find it to be a great deal of FUN (even while I am cursing and throwing things around the room because I just got hit with the "Civil War" calamity for the second time in four turns).
Did I mention that you can get hit by the plague and your crops can dry up with famine and wipe out a significant portion of your population (unless you know how to make clay pots, which, if you have a surplus of grain saved up, can ameliorate the effect). You can also be Typhoid Mary, trading the plague in the marketplace to an unsuspecting rival who thought he was getting bronze or silver ... when you trade the plague to someone and that civilization is affected by it, you are immune!
Then, there's the idea that some calamities, like the dreaded Civil War (which you can't trade away) may actually work to push you toward revitalizing your civilization by taking remedial action.
I just love this game. Many people hate it, most ignore it. Oh. I guess I should stay fairly close to the topic we have wandered into. You can be the Illyrians, who have the best early shot at founding Rome and starting up the whole chariot racing thingie...
< Message edited by pasternakski -- 7/15/2008 8:34:48 AM >
Put my faith in the people
And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
And I carry on anyhow.