Ancient Wars: Sparta is based upon Mediterranean historical events that took place between 500 and 450 B.C. Single-players entering the campaign must take the role of three different nationalities as they attempt to complete the game. Playing as the Spartans, Egyptians, and Persians, gamers must battle through a variety of scenarios as they struggle to maintain control of Little Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Combat is only a part of the game, and to keep armies happy in the field players must produce food, armor, and shelter for their boys in uniform. Each faction has its own strengths and weakness, such as the Persians ability to bring animals to battle, and gamers can upgrade their skills through research and development. Players who want a quick skirmish can select a side and then engage in a single mission. Through a LAN or the Internet, gamers can challenge international competitors or neighborhood friends to an altered version of ancient history. ~ Gracie Leach, All Game Guide