If you need a break from that big ol' football palaver, then Slitherine's turn-based chariot racing game Qvadriga beckons.

Released today on iPad and Android tablets, Qvadriga warps you to the ancient Roman circuses. There, you'll manage your own four-horse chariot team.

As glorious as the potential fame and fortune may see, you'll have to employ brutal tactics to survive and win each competition.

During each race, every second or two of the race sees the action pausing. You're then given the chance to tweak your steering, whip your horses, block an enemy's attack, or lacerate your opponents yourself.

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Each decision will drastically affect your chances of coming out on top. For example, if you focus too much on beating up enemies, then you may miss a corner and crash.

With each win comes fame and fortune, opening up more of the 43 tracks and allowing for upgrades and customisation. But the bigger you become, the harder you'll fall.

If you're into that kind of thrill, then you can purchase Qvadriga from the App Store [buy] and Google Play [buy] for £6.99 / $9.99 right now.