I know I’m going to make a lot of Age of Empires fans mad here, but Rome: Total War is objectively the best PC strategy game of all time. The groundbreaking mixed-campaign mode, where you switch between running an empire and commanding an army in battle, makes for a dangerously engrossing game.

The distraction factor just got ramped up another notch, because Rome has made it to tablets. An iPad port has officially been unveiled, so for $10, you can now take the game everywhere with you. RIP productivity.

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The game is a pretty decent port of the PC version. The interface has been reworked a little bit to make it more touch-friendly, which is especially welcome in the battle mode, where quick interaction is the difference between victory, and being slaughtered by a bunch of spiky chariots. The graphics have also been changed a little, and textures are promised to work well on the bigger Retina displays of the full-sized iPad and iPad Pro. (I tried it on an iPad Mini, where everything is just a little bit cramped.)

The menus and some of the controls in the campaign view are still clearly designed for a keyboard and mouse, but if you’re an experienced Rome player, it shouldn’t be a problem.

As well as being a steal of an iPad game, it’s also interesting to see Rome make it to tablets. I remember when it was a reasonably cutting-edge game that taxed most mid-range laptops, and sometimes ran my poor old Dell into the ground. Now, it seems like even a two-year-old iPad can handle it with ease. Progress marches on, just like my legionaries.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.