The iconic PC strategy game, ROME: Total War, is launching on iPad later this week. The game was first launched as a desktop PC game in 2004 (a Mac version followed in 2010) and received high acclaim in the strategy game sector. Players participate in full-3D historical battles – controlling infantry, calvary and artillery – taking advantage of flanking strategy, positioning and fatigue to overcome their opponents. The game received stellar reviews and Feral Interactive is bringing the full experience to the App Store as a $9.99 iPad game this Thursday, on November 10th.

This is the first time the game has been ported to mobile; Feral Interactive claims it is has upped the textures to take advantage of the Retina display and has reworked the control scheme to use the multitouch screen.

The touchscreen allows players to use their fingers to select groups of units and direct them across the battlefield. Total War for iPad features all the 3D battles as well as the 2D strategy campaign. You can also use typical iOS gestures like pinch to zoom to pan around the field.

Due to the thousands of potential onscreen units, ROME: Total War requires a relatively new iPad to play. The specs say the game will run on an iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Pro 9.7 inch or iPad Pro 12.9 inch. It also needs about 4 GB of free space to install; it’s a big game with a lot of content.

Fans of the series will also enjoy the pricing strategy: a one-time $9.99 purchase. There are no in game IAP upgrades or other upsell opportunities that plague so many App Store games. Watch out for the game to be featured in the App Store when it launches this Thursday.

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