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Game review: Horrible Histories Ruthless Romans

Horrible histories


Format reviewed

Nintendo Wii


Do you have what it takes to become the most ruthless Roman of all?

This game is based on the Horrible Histories books created by author Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown.

You are a young gladiator called Rassimus who is making his way through Rome.

Ore meets Terry Deary

He is looking for his freedom - which you earn through playing mini-games like reading a book, talking to people or doing certain quests.

You have to complete a quiz about the Romans and three minigames to move up a level. You also have to fight in the Coliseum.


The minigames in this game are fun. The quizzes aren't so fun though, because you have to read a book to find out all the answers so you can often end up guessing if you're not patient enough!

You also have to complete a quiz to move up to the next level.

You end up learning quite a bit about history which should help at school!


The controls are simple, although it would be easier if you could use a nunchuk on the Wii because the little control pad at the top of the remote can get quite frustrating. You can play with up to three friends which is good.


The graphics in this game aren't the best but the game play makes up for it.


The game isn't that hard. Only the quizzes are tough, and sometimes you might get lost finding your way around Rome.

Hit or miss?

If you're just a normal game player, it probably just is a hit by the skin of its teeth.

But if you're a fan of the books and the TV programme it might be right up your street.

NR rating:


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Your Comments

"I think that the games are good. But the quizzes are a bit boring because you have to read a book to find the answers. It is boring but most of them are good."

Brianna, 11, Kent, England

"I thought the game was fab. It was very interesting and so funny. I give it 10 out of 10 and a big thumbs up."

Chelsea, 11, Northern Ireland

"I love the books and the TV show so I can't wait to play it!!!!"

Matilda, 11, London, England

"I liked the part of the game where we fought in the coliseum."

Jake, 8, Hertfordshire, England

"It's brilliant they have great mini games and more information than the book!"

Jemima, 9, Devon, England

"It is really good. It is nice and horrible!!"

Nitthusha, 9, UK

"This game rocks my socks!!!"

Taylor, 10, Lancashire, England

"It is a really good game and I love that it's so horrible."

Jonny, 8, Glasgow, Scotland

"I would say this book is informative, but in a funny way that children will understand. Truly Brilliant. I would give this book a 4."

Suzanne, 14, Birmingham, England

"If you watch the programme on telly or read the book, I would recommend it - but if you're not into history I wouldn't buy it."

Ben, 12, Merseyside, England

"I think it sounds quite good, but I don't think I'd buy it because games cost quite a lot of money."

Molly, 10, Cambridgeshire, England

"I've got the 'Horrible Histories Ruthless Romans' DS game and I find the game really fun to play."

Tracy, 12, Liverpool, England

"I love this game!"

Katherine, 10, Kent, England

"It's really fun because you get to be a Roman in the game, but it's quite hard."

Ella, 10, Scottish Borders, Scotland

"Awesome, great, fantastic!! It's fun and you learn a lot too. I've got it on the DS but my friend has it on the Wii and she says that it's just as good!"

Abbie, 10, Rhondda, Wales

"This game is pretty cool... I like it, it's awesome!"

Becki, 11, Swindon, England

"I really want the game. I love Horrible Histories!"

Niall, 9, Dublin, Ireland

"It's quite funny and you can get a lot of knowledge out of it.

Jude, 9, London England

"I'm a big gamer and I don't like the Wii much but it sounds good and looks good."

Benji, 11, Northumberland, England

"I really like Horrible Histories but I'll have to get a Wii first!"

Pallav, 9, Sheffield, England

"It's a very bad game, I hate it!"

Samantha, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I love it!"

Sasha, 9, Middlesex, England

"I think it's a great way to play and learn at the same time and it is adventurous. You should try it and get stuck in. IT'S GREATASTIC!"

Safiya, 10, Manchester, England

"I thought it looked stupid, but when my Mum gave it to me and I started playing it, I saw it was BRILL!!"

Rachel, 12, County Tyrone, N. Ireland

"I think this game was a pretty hard game and not what I expected it to be."

Emily, 9, Mere, England

"I have not got this yet but it sounds great and I will keep my eyes peeled for it!"

Charlotte, 10, Devon, England

"It's great because you learn history, but it's fun."

Katie, 8, Leeds, England

"I think this will be a good information source for someone researching about the Romans and an exciting experience of a game."

Jessica, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think that this game is very interesting and funny. You also get to learn a bit about the Romans and I definitely think that this game deserves a 10/10!"

Samantha, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I think that they should put it on Nintendo DS."

Shannon, 8, Blackpool, England

"I think this game teaches self-defence for the Real World. It's quite good."

Ella, 8, East Sussex, England

"It's a great educational game. I have met Terry Deary... He's a great guy and he's very friendly. I would give the game 10/10, but I would give Terry Deary a 100000000/10!"

Amelia, 10, Tyne and Wear, England

"I love horrible histories. Rotten Romans is the best."

Ellie, 9, West Yorkshire, England

"I am Horrible Histories' biggest fan. I have all the books, I love the TV show and I have two of the DVD's. I can't wait to get the game!"

Alex, 9, Barnsley, England

"I haven't played this game yet but it sounds cool. I love the TV programme and the books are wicked.

Lauren, 11, Bristol, England

"I love Horrible Histories. I think there should be more episodes."

Amelia, 9, Slough, England

"It's the best. It's so cool, I just love it!"

Faisa, 11, Middlesex, England

"It's not good at all. It's just annoying. Some parts are OK I guess, but others, no way. I wish I never got it. It wasted my pocket money!"

George, 14, Newcastle, England

"It is such a funny game, I love it and my whole family play it. It is good that it has come out and it would be nice if more of these games come out so I can get it."

Tim, 10 Colchester, England

"I really liked the series of books and the TV show on CBBC, so if it is as good as them then it will be AWESOME!"

Zack, 12, Barnsley, England

"I really enjoyed Horrible Histories. It was very fun and exciting and would play it again!

Peri, 12, Isle Of Wight, UK

"Like always, Horrible Histories killed us! 10 out of 10!

Ella, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I think it looks really good and educational for children and possibly adults!"

Imogen, 10, Essex, England

"It's really funny and challenging. As for the quizzes - some of the questions are hard! Learning could soon become more fun because of this game!"

Nivetha, 11, Essex, England

"Good pictures, just like the programme. Easy to use and age suitable."

Jodie, 9, Manchester, England

"I think this game is great. I have it on the Nintendo DS. The differences in the games are quite difficult to spot, but it is good."

Charlotte, 11, Solihull, England

"Awesome, awesome, awesome! I've played it like 100 times! The funny thing is that I've played it 100 times... but I've died 1000 times!

Bayley, 12, Norwich, England

"It sounds like a really cool game that I'm definitely going to ask my mum to buy me."

Sophie, 8, Leeds, England

"I love Horrible Histories, so I think the game will be really good fun and make the series more interactive!"

Holly, 12, Essex, England

"Horrible Histories is so cool! I love how they have made it kid-friendly!"

Natasha, 11, Hull, England

"I think it's good, it's funny and fab! I like it a lot!!"

Daisy, 7, Newport, Wales

"It's really funny. It's like the best Roman game and TV programme in the world!"

Liam, 9, Northamptonshire, England

"Wow, it's cool. Maybe I'd give it a six out of 10."

Sue, 11, Dublin, Ireland

"Amazing game. The best one I have ever played on and I wish they would make more!"

Megan, 12, Wiltshire, England

"It is a good game but it can get a bit boring. PS I love Newsround!!"

Maisy, 9, Crewe, England

"It is brilliant."

Orlagh, 10, Lancashire, England

"I'm looking forward for the game to come out."

Eimear, 8, Northamptonshire, England

"I got it for my birthday present, and it's my favourite birthday present ever!"

Perisa, 12, Cambridge, England

"My friend has this game and when I go round we play it to see who is smarter - I even beat her dad!"

Francesca, 10, Middlesex, England

"Horrible Histories is so funny and I'm glad they have made it into a game. Things like the funny facts and how they make a lot the events kid friendly is so cool because then you actually want to watch it! As a game, I give it two thumbs up!"

Sadia, 11, Coventry, England

"This game is really good but it is a bit boyish."

Natasha, 8, London, England

"Ruthless Romans is my favourite game and I like the Rotten Roman book very much."

Abdul, 11, Nottingham, England

"I have not played the game but the plot of the game looks good. I like the idea of the quiz and the way that it is educational."

George, 9, Shropshire, England

"It's fun but I prefer Mario Kart."

Sam, 10, London, England

"When I played on my own the game was good, but when I played with my brother the game was great. So much fun to shoot rats and find keys together. Make sure you play with two or more!!!! Get it, it is great!"

Jon, 11, Sutton, England