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Centurion: Defender of Rome

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Genesis - Amiga

Alt name センチュリオン Defender of Rome
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Classical antiquity, Historical Battle (specific/exact), Real-Time, Turn-based, War
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Bits of Magic
Perspectives Isometric, Side view, Top-Down, Bird's-eye view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.63
4.54 / 5 - 99 votes

Description of Centurion: Defender of Rome

An entertaining game with bits of adventure elements (for example, at some point you'll get to meet Cleopatra and try to-- erm-- win her favor), this game is reminiscent of the old Cinemaware classic Defender of the Crown for its strong emphasis on fun over historical realism. (Not surprisingly, since it's designed by the same designer, ex-Cinemaware Kellyn Beck).

As official of the Roman Empire, you must manage armies, calm rebellious citizens, and conquer neighboring countries. Rome wasn't built in a day, but win enough chariot races, and you might be able to do it in a matter of weeks ;) Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Ben Da Notes 2019-11-29 0 point Amiga version

I used to spend way too much time playing this game on the Amiga. I tried to attack an enemy army that were riding elephants instead of horses! Note: The last ADF in the archive (Teacher/Centurion disk #2 has a checksum error on the file: The other versions are ok).

Mal 2019-09-15 0 point

The message:
"Gaul was divided into three parts... No, four parts. One indomitable village still held out against the Roman invaders"
is true. I just made it show up.

Acel 2019-04-11 0 point

All Centurion For Java

Simone 2018-01-09 6 points

To Scipio & Scipio's Defence
There is effectively an easter egg with Gaul... you should find and click a SINGLE pixel in France (about the position of the Asterix village) that show this phrase!
"Gaul was divided into three parts... No, four parts. One indomitable village still held out against the Roman invaders"

joshk 2015-10-23 0 point DOS version

I cannot make it sound!!!, Well, is not like it had lots of music and sound and music, but is a little sad to play it soundless at all... Any Suggestion?

Windows XP sp3 machine with 2 GB ram, 1 TB HDD, dual core stuff and blah, blah, blah, sound is internal to board and is "fully soundblaster compatible"

scipio's defence 2015-08-31 0 point

Scipio, that part is an easter egg. It will never show up cause there is no code that push the text to the screen.
It was probably a joke of the developers. It doesn't makes any sense in-game, actually.

SCIPIO 2015-08-19 0 point

Guys, this issue has been cursing me for almost 20 years, please help!!!!!!!
1. open up OVL0.OVL with windows notepad or any text editor
2. search "Gaul"
3. the third reference is "Gaul was divided into three parts... No, four parts. One indomitable village still held out against the Roman invaders", like the story of Asterix and Obelix!!!!
Did anybody ever manage to let such sentence appear? I tried thousands of times with alliances, rebellions, re-conquests etc., but no success with those Gauls.....

daniuel 2015-05-13 0 point DOS version


lysy 2015-01-26 -2 points DOS version

I'm not sure if it dosn't brake any taboo, but if anyone has any trouble runing old games... Just google DosBOX. It's old and has some isues, but i've never found anything better. Never had to.

pps00 2015-01-02 -1 point DOS version

I cannot play this game because I've a 64 bit system and this game support ony the 32 bit... :'-(

Moody Blue 2014-04-23 -1 point DOS version

i have big, big nostalgia for this game. It kept me enraptured for many nights.

BritBrat 2013-10-24 0 point DOS version

This game is excellent. Even now it captures my attention. There are few games like it. I may try out some of the harder difficulty settings, since I always played as Galley Slave as a kid.

Big bad gavin 2013-09-11 0 point DOS version

Love this game so much when I was a kid could not stop playing it

pedro45 2013-07-24 0 point DOS version

i love this game remindes me of beig a kid!!!

jaminp25 2012-01-20 0 point DOS version

i love this game remindes me of beig a kid when games where cool!!!

JetClarke 2009-08-06 0 point DOS version

This was a fascinating wargame I recall.. with the strategy of what formation to use for your troops, it was like a puzzle as well as a war game.

ahug4u 2009-03-07 0 point DOS version

A simple but brilliant game, battles represent an earl total war format. holding Gladiator games and chariot racing is very addictive too. I hhave had many happy hours playing this. Thanks My Abandonware!!

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