City builders can be a fun way to invest a little time with and the Windows 8 game Ancient Rome 2 hopes to catch your eye.

The game has you building residential districts, schools, markets and more to build an empire. Ancient Rome 2 has thirty levels of city building challenges, plenty of structures to build and plenty of gaming time. The Windows 8 game is also featured on myAppFree and for the next twenty-four hours, you can pick up Ancient Rome 2 free.

Ancient Rome 2

In just tinkering with Ancient Rome for a short while this morning, it comes across more of a SimCity styled city builder than an Age of Empires styled city builder. You are more focused on building an economy and thriving city than venturing off and conquering the world.

Ancient Rome 2 has farms, warehouses, mines and other manufacturing facilities to construct to support your city's economy. Then there is the residential structures, roads, schools, theaters and other structures to support your city's population.

There are thirty levels of challenges to take on and with Ancient Rome 2 being a Windows 8 game that will take some time to complete, you can save your gaming progress. You will also find support for multiple player files so you can share the game without jeopardizing your own gaming progress.

While graphics are nice and game mechanics simple, Ancient Rome 2 does not appear to be tablet friendly. Touch controls work good but a mouse is required for a few of the actions, such as building roads. I couldn't find a work around for this with a Windows 8 tablet without plugging in a mouse, which may not be convenient.

Still, while not tablet friendly Ancient Rome 2 is a nice city builder to consider having in your Windows 8 gaming library. Ancient Rome 2 normally runs $5.99 but as a myAppFree deal for the next twenty-four hours, you can pick the Windows 8 game free. This definitely adds to the game's appeal.

If you try Ancient Rome 2, let us know what you think of the Windows 8 game in the comments below. Ancient Rome 2 is currently scored at 3.6 Stars in the Windows 8 Store, which is about right for this game. If Ancient Rome 2 was more tablet friendly, I could see the rating move a little higher.

Note: Due to the various time zones involved, it may take a little while before the Ancient Rome 2 deal shows up in the myAppFree app. However, the deal is already live in the Windows 8 Store.

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