The heyday of the Roman empire may have passed many, many moons ago, but that doesn't mean the quest for glory ever truly faded away. Soldiers have merely set their eyes towards conquest on a smaller scale. These determined Roman troopers may not be able to conquer the world, but one day they should be able to call this entire room their own. Erm, or something like that.

Romans In My Carpet! puts you in control of legions of mite-sized units ready to engage in turn-based, pixelated warfare, and only the soldiers led by the best tactician will make it out alive. Hop inside that spider-drawn chariot, raise that spear, and free those dust mites from the horrors of democracy.

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Romans In My Carpet! comes from the developers of Ravenmark, and it's decidedly more adorable. Its graphics are also more 16-bit, though the detailed backgrounds may take some of the sting off for players who have grown tired with modern attempts at the retro look. Gameplay-wise, there's a single-player campaign with ten missions along with an asynchronous multiplayer mode, but a network connection is required to play either one.

The game costs $2.99 to download, and there are in-app purchases to consider once diving in. Here's a trailer followed by a download link.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • sean

    Requires network connection to play either one? I'm out.

    • MrMLK

      I was going to post the exact same thing.

    • namesib

      Agreed. I hate games that need an Internet connection for no good reason.

    • AD1980

      That along with microtransactions in a paid game are instant deal breakers for me.


        I don't mind IAPs if they're just to buy extra of the one and only currency that's offered, but when there's a you must buy to succeed currency that's mostly exclusive to dollars, those games are bad. Pair or free, it's a terrible model.

      • mateor

        I haven't played this game yet, but paid apps with optional IAP is my preferred model. If we accept that IAP are currently dominant, I prefer them to be optional ways to "cheat" or upgrade. With a paid app I am clear of free-to-play, which really means pay-to-win, and be badgered the entire time.

        • Francesco Scarpa

          please link me some games then :)

          • mateor

            What, you mean good paid games where the IAP are totally optional? Kingdom Rush, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, OTTTD just came out and is that way. Any game you can win with a _reasonable_ amount of grinding. I don't mind difficult levels, but they shouldn't be impossible either.
            I really only play paid apps now, because the free-to-play games basically aren't fun. But I accept the model is dominant. Some people like to customize their characters, of get the ultimate gear. I think those are totally acceptable IAP.

      • jani jokela

        double pay, not for me

  • John Smith

    should have been at the top of the review to save me 5 minutes :

    "...there are in-app purchases to consider after having paid $2.99"

    • Cat Astrophy

      It's disgusting how we're moving from F2P games with IAP to paid games with IAP.

      • Catilina517

        Some IAPs are just ways to cheat. If the game has a dual currency or wait times to play, then it's terrible, but if it's just an easy way to get more money you can easily earn, no big.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      It takes you five minutes to read an article that short???

    • RyanWhitwam

      Not a review, by the way.

  • Matthew

    To be clear, the IAP found in this app is only for useless banner images that you can use during multiplayer games to distinguish your army from others. Other than that, there is no IAP required to buy units/ progress through the campaign FOR NOW.

    I just played this game for less than 15 mins and I was not impressed by it. If you like strategy game (turn based), look at no other than ravenmark saga developed by the same studio that brings you the above game. That one is pure gem!

  • PopeTackler

    In app purchases AND a price tag? What do these jokers think they're playing at? One or the other, assholes.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Paid app + IAP = no money from me, you greedy bitches.

    • http://www.e27.co/ Jonathan Toyad

      Err,,,the IAPs are optional and aren't required to finish the game from start to end/to play multiplayer.