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Pharaoh

CNET Editors' review

Strategy gamers who get a kick out of King Tut will find much to love in this ancient Egyptian adventure, which takes plenty of cues from competing titles. You are the governor of a city in the land of the pharaohs, set with the task of feeding your people and striking deals with other towns to bring in the goods your town requires. Fans of Caesar III will find Pharaoh's look and feel familiar, and veterans of SimCity too will be pleased to see the range of actions available far exceeds that modern-day adventure. Action is goal oriented, rather than combat oriented--you don't build your city with abandon, but follow directions to complete a certain task. Considering Pharoah was designed in 1999, its graphics are still up to snuff--most views are from a bird's-eye vantage point, so you can survey your domain. Overall, this is a standard but solid civilization building game that should please fans of ancient history.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Game Itself (Not the Demo) Is Amazing!!!"

    January 23, 2014  |   By Doodlebug82

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Compatible with Windows 7 x64 bit if played in administrator mode.
    Great graphics for such an old (1998) game!
    Easy game play.
    Lots of custom scenarios.
    Ability to build your own maps.
    Endless levels.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that when building a custom map is that you are only allowed 3 or 4 types of food.

    Summary

    The game itself, not the demo, is amazing! I love this game more than 99% of my other games and I have a lot of games. So I am rating the game itself that came out in 1998. I have an original copy plus the Cleopatra extension. Believe me, this game is well worth the $50 I paid for the original and the money (can't remember how much) that I paid for the Cleopatra extension. The graphics are awesome and the game play is wonderful! Its also still compatible with Windows 7 x64 bit as long as you play it as an administrator.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good game that endures test of time."

    March 24, 2013  |   By -HDB-

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Bought the game and the Cleopatra expansion years ago on a bargain rack, and still love it. I like that it is goal oriented (think of quests from Zynga type games), but that once you've met the goals for a level, you start over again with a new city so you can implement changes you learned you need from the last city. Also, each level introduces new elements so you can learn pieces bit by bit rather than having to learn and excel at everything at once.

    Cons

    Graphics are pretty weak, but they are still helpful. It automatically loads into 100% speed sometimes, and that is too darn fast - you want around 50%. Early levels (free) will not show you the wide range of things you work up to at later levels. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what it's looking for to meet a final goal.

    Summary

    It's the best $3 I ever spent in a bargain game and the fact that I pulled it out to play again now that I'm laid up with a broken ankle, despite a host of other video games available, should show that it's a classic that maintains interest. It's definitely a late 90s style game, but it's entertaining and a solid game with achievable goals and a solid buildup of skills. If I lose the disk I would buy this again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Problem is CNET's"

    November 9, 2011  |   By LorinaStephens

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Played the game years ago and loved it.

    Cons

    Haven't been able to successfully download the game. Haven't received refund. CNET's customer service is next to non-existent. Will never purchase from CNET again.

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  • 4.0 stars

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    October 15, 2011  |   By habebba

    Version: Pharaoh demo

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Definitely a new Fan!!"

    September 20, 2010  |   By svenny87

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    As an old fan of Sim city, I definitely enjoy the concept of the game. I love the concept of creating and maintaining the city and all the little quirks just make it that more interesting.

    Cons

    As you get further on in the game a scenario does take a couple of hours to complete but once you reach that point it makes it all worth it1

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!"

    May 19, 2010  |   By Salmanjojo

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Brilliant strategy game! I wish it was free =)

    Cons

    Not much =).There is very little of fighting or war.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This game is very good"

    April 16, 2010  |   By silverwolfblazing

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Story line, game play, etc.

    Cons

    Can become time consuming (but one expects that with city-building games), tutorials are not the best

    Summary

    This has been a favorite demo of mine for a while (and I really should pick up the actual game some time!) and while by today's standards the graphics are "old school" they were awesome for their time. The game play is not as complicated as some apparently believe, but then again I am used to complicated strategy games so I might not be the best judge of that. Good on history as far as I can tell. The tutorials are a bit confusing, but trial and error methods always work. Over all if you have played any Caesar game, the operations of this game will make sense. Give it a try!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "nice variation on the classic city building game"

    April 15, 2010  |   By Mykbar

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    straightforward game-play , good middle ground keeps you involved without too much micro-management, graphics dated but still good

    Cons

    as a demo , would have been nice to be able to save progress

    Summary

    just what I'm looking for in a city builder , somewhat unique storyline , familiar game-play meant I could jump right in without much need for tutorials. interface was well designed making it easy to keep track of what I was doing at all times.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "so adictive game"

    September 16, 2009  |   By ljuba2989

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    when you play it you have power over a nation,game is creative,fantastic,almost endless

    Cons

    i dont like that I have only 4 demo llevel...why i cant have this game for free...i desserved it

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not much in it...."

    October 20, 2008  |   By prallworks

    Version: Pharaoh demo

    Pros

    Interface? I don't know. Not much.

    Cons

    Low graphic levels, even for its time. Weak concept and the font styles are difficult to read. Not like what I'm used to with Sim City, Nemesis of the Roman Empire, and Civilization IV.

    Summary

    It's a good thing that was free. It wasn't worth money.

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