Rome: Total War is one of the earlier games of the TW series that took the franchise to exciting new heights. Its 3-D battles are undoubtedly the highlight of the game that include numerous options and divisions for battles on a variety of terrain, such as mountains and deserts, as well as settlements. Although an old Windows game, Rome: Total War is a relatively new title for Android and iOS devices. Here are a few tips for Rome TW battles during campaigns.
Battles beyond Settlements
Before the battle begins, you should always check what you are coming up against. As such, take note of the size of the other army and whether it is larger than your own. If so, that certainly does not guarantee you will lose the battle, especially if the numerical advantage is only small.
The quality of the relative armies is highlighted by the blue and orange bar, and this is also something that needs to be taken into consideration. If all things remain equal, then go forward into battle. However, if their army is significantly larger and has better divisions then you may want to consider withdrawing and re-enforcing your army.
Never go into battle without any cavalry. An army without cavalry will lack speed and mobility. If possible, include a general that can rally the troops. Generals are also heavy cavalry divisions that can be very potent. Group your cavalry divisions so that they will outnumber any infantry division with 100+ troops.
With a group of cavalry divisions, you can target a number of isolated divisions. Missile divisions will fall be the wayside when charged down by a group of cavalry, so take out any missile divisions with your cavalry if you can. This should reduce your own losses to arrows, which is one good way to cover your infantry.
Make sure that you keep your general in the battle and close to your troops. The loss of a general will ensure your army routs more quickly, so keep your general back. If you must send your general into battle, make sure he is supported by a number of additional infantry or cavalry divisions. In this respect, targeting the enemy general with your own cavalry is also a good tactic.
Battles for settlements are a slightly different proposition. Whether your army is besieging a settlement, or your own settlement is besieged by another army, the settlement’s walls can be a key factor in these battles. To begin with, you should invest in the best possible walls for settlements that could potentially be besieged.
Good settlement stone walls can be like another 1,000 troops! Their towers will fire lots of arrows and missiles at the invading army, which can take out a lot of their troops. They can also take out battering rams and siege towers. Fortify your settlements with a number of archer divisions that can then be positioned at the top of stone walls to fire down on approaching infantry.
Infantry divisions are more important in these battles to either take or hold the city walls. As such, place as many as possible on the city walls around the gates; and select the guard option. A number of these will already be placed on the city walls at the beginning of the battle, but if you have any further infantry placed on the ground consider re-enforcing your settlement walls with them.
When invading a settlement, blowing holes in stone walls can circumvent gateways. As such, invest in Sap Points that will do this to ensure you can advance divisions into the settlement. Then move infantry in to take any nearby towers from within the settlement. This can be a better alternative to taking gateways where most of the other army’s infantry divisions will likely be.
Once the walls have been taken, it may be tempting to charge for the center of the settlement and its flag. However, if possible, it is better to take out remaining divisions within the city around walls that have fallen to you. Whether you are inside or outside the walls, stay away from any towers on the walls that have not been taken as these will still fire arrows at your divisions.
These are a few tips that should ensure that you are victorious in more of your campaign battles both beyond and within settlements. With more victories you should then be able to reach the campaign objectives and finish the campaign.