You've probably never heard of Glory of the Roman Empire, even though it sold a million copies worldwide.
Maybe you've never heard of this sequel either. But that's all about to change, because Imperium Romanum is a quality management sim that even Julius Caesar would have given the thumbs up to. If he'd owned a PC. And the game was lying at the feet of a slavering gladiator with the crowd baying, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" I think you get the point...
Taking charge of a Roman city - be it the sprawling metropolis of Rome or a sandbox town in need of construction from the ground up - you must cater to the needs of your incessantly mewling citizens as you expand your holdings and conquer nearby barbarian tribes.
The number of available buildings and monuments is impressive, while the beautifully streamlined interface makes construction quick and simple.
The game's pace is also impressive, moving at a fair clip but never leaving you feeling overawed, while the visuals are bold and detailed, though sadly citizens do tend to lack charisma as they go about their daily routines.
Ultimately, combat is the only major shortfall, feeling rather lacklustre next to the intricacies of city management.
You may not have heard of it, but Imperium Romanum deserves your attention. If you can turn a blind eye to the ropey skirmishes, you'll be in for weeks of city building goodness.