A winning formula
Total Conquest offers little new in terms of gameplay when compared with the aforementioned games of the same genre. You need to build up an army and send troops to battle in order to pillage goods and coins which you can then redeem to build up your city. There's plenty to keep you occupied, such as constructing and maintaining villas, farms, temples, gold storage and tower defenses. That's not to mention training up soldiers, employing architects to speed up building projects, and recruiting diplomats for city hall.
As your city grows so does your wealth and military might - making it easier to conquer armies and raise towns to the ground. Total Conquest is a free game with in-app purchasing. Tokens are needed in order to build quicker or to access certain materials.
Playing Total Conquest is very addictive and it's the kind of game, like other Gameloft titles such as Ice Age Village or Epic, which you'll want to keep coming back to day after day to pursue your quest for world domination in the Roman era.
There is an online element to Total Conquest, too. Besides the single-player campaign mode, you can opt to battle against others online, join legions with other players, and compare scores in Game Center.
Command and conquer
Controlling your troops and constructing your city in Total Conquest is pretty straightforward, even if you haven't played this type of game before. When you start the game, you're walked through all of the various options and menus, giving you a feel for how you battle, build and upgrade.
The main game area is clearly presented and you can easily see everything that's going on in the cities. You can pinch to zoom in and out of the action, and slide the screen up and down with two fingers to change the viewing angle.
As you'd expect from a Gameloft title, the production values in Total Conquest are excellent. Menu screens are beautifully rendered, the level of detail in the ancient worlds is immaculate and the gentle musical score doesn't irritate. The game world is designed in a cartoon style, which may not appeal to some, but it's undeiably attractive and colorful.
If you like military strategy games, particularly if you're interested in ancient Rome, then Total Conquest is well worth a look.