Feral Interactive announced today that classic strategy game Rome: Total War is now available on iPad for a one-time purchase of $9.99.
The third title in the Total War series, Rome was hailed by MacRumors sister site TouchArcade as "not only one of the best strategy games ever, but one of the best PC games, period".
In what's considered the highlight of the series, players get to take control of one of three Roman houses vying for control of the Republic/Empire. The turn-based strategy gameplay is punctuated by real-time battles in 3D, where players command and control huge swathes of units in the field.
As one of the first desktop strategy titles to make the port to iPad, Feral says much time has been invested in heavily optimizing the game for the device, including reworked textures and a range of features designed with mobile gaming in mind.
"Optimizing Rome: Total War for iPad has been a huge design and programming challenge," said David Stephen, Managing Director at Feral Interactive. "Our aim has been to bring it to a new and very different platform without compromising its enormous content, superb gameplay or strategic depth. Working closely with Creative Assembly, I believe we have done that and am confident that Total War veterans and novices alike will enjoy the result."
Gamers need a first-generation iPad Air or newer, an iPad mini 2 or newer, or any iPad Pro to play the game, which requires just under 4GB of free space to install and iOS 9.3.5 or later.