The Phoenician colonies had no luck, they were ravaged and defeated by the Romans on three occasions. These became known as the Punic wars. Now's your chance to put history right and help out these poor victimised souls by taking on the role of Diogenes, a Phoenician hero.
Winning Wars Takes Dosh
Carthage is a strategy game and as Diogenes you have to make sure the Romans are out-flanked, out-gunned and out-thought. To do this you have to buy soldiers, create armies and allocate your resources according to the movements of the Romans. This is done from a sexy, fractal generated, 3D map which shows the position of the cities, your troops and the Romans.
To win the day you'll need dosh and lots of it. Fortunately, the Phoenician trading fleet, the best around, regularly sends back money to its capital, Carthage. You have to make sure this money makes it to the various cities by getting on your chariot and taking it there in person.
The chariot sequences are one of the main arcade sequences. You view your chariot from behind, and see the road scrolling in front of you in Outrun style. To go faster, you give the horses a good crack of the whip and steer them just as you would a Robin Reliant (namely hang on for your life). Hitting the logs and rocks that appear in the road causes money bags to drop off your chariot, they also make your wheels wobble. If they become too wobbly though, they drop off forcing you to hitch back to the city.
Ben Hur Move Over
If you meet another chariot on the road, then a confrontation takes place in true Ben Hur style. The view changes to overhead and you've got to barge the other chariot off the road by ramming the spikes on your wheels into the other chappies, while simultaneously whipping him in a very unsporting fashion.
Succeed and he gets the chance to eat grass verge, but if you lose and then it's your turn for the cowslip and nettle sandwich. Best of luck you'll need it.
In order to out-flank the Romans, you'll need to keep close tabs on their progress. From the 3D map, you can view the entire country, with all the forts and cities shown as flags. To move an army you simply click on its icon (a small helmet) and drag it to the city you want it to march to. To move Diogenes (and therefore money) you drag his helmet onto the city you want him to travel to.
If the Romans catch up with you then a battle will begin. To get an army ready for battle simply click on its general and halt it. Then it's a case of dragging either the cavalry, infantry or elephants to their required destination and watching the battle commence.