If history has taught us anything, it's that history is neat and can make great content for video games. Case in point: Siegius, a casual real-time strategy / defense game from Juice-Tin (That Gravity Game, A Knight's Quest) that takes place during Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul way back in the mid-50s BC. Send units out to attack the base of the Gaul commander Vercingetorix. He's streaming soldiers as well, so you must balance defensive units with long-range fighters, melee combat specialists, and unique spells, clearing the battlefields as you march your way to victory! Hopefully!
Siegius takes place on a flat playing field with three corridors to place units: high, low, and middle. You can buy and place fighters on any of these areas and they'll automatically run from your barracks, swords at the ready. As soon as they encounter an enemy on the same corridor, they'll attack. Depending on the attacking and defending units' strengths and weaknesses, the victor will continue forward while the loser goes face-down in the dirt. Harsh!
Your units range from peasants who can mine for gold to close-range soldiers, healers, archers, defenders, and more. Each costs an amount of gold to summon and must recharge before you can send them again. You have to watch your opponent's moves and calculate your retaliation carefully, as sending units on the wrong section of the battlefield or failing to take into account unit type will cost you both time and gold.
Spells can also be used once unlocked, and Siegius is fairly forgiving about the frequency in which you can use them. Before each battle you are allowed to outfit your inventory with soldiers and spells, so pick the ones that you like best (or that, you know, work well together), and head out to battle.
Siegius doesn't do anything fantastically new or inventive, but the presentation is spot-on, and the game itself quite gripping. Each level is filled with epic drama flavored with a touch of internet-style humor. The strategy and action mix is excellent and very well-suited for casual players who aren't looking for an extra-challenging game to vex them for hours.
It takes some time to unlock all of the warriors and spells, but each level gives you something new, so there's no shortage of motivation to keep plugging away, stage after stage. Settle in and get ready to conquer some Gauls. Again!