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Pharaoh

By Impressions Games $7.49 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
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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General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added October 1, 1999
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 680,808
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Developer's Description

Impressions Games, the creators of Caesar III, plunge you further back in time to the mysterious land of ancient Egypt. Pharaoh is a strategic city-building game set in the Egypt of roughly 2900 to 700 B.C. Grow Egyptian villages into thriving metropolises and watch the economy and inhabitants of this exotic land come to life. Interact with your citizens. Observe their culture and habits. Raise their hopes or raze their homes. Manage your city poorly and watch it burn, be pillaged, or collapse in economic ruin. Manage it well, and ultimately the greatest Egyptian structures will be built in your honor. Your rule will span generations, until your dynasty, your royal bloodline produces a pharaoh!

Pharaoh includes many features not seen before in a city building series game, including a farming model based on the flooding of the Nile, naval warfare, giant monuments that are assembled over time, a unique dynastic progression, and variable difficulty levels. Pharaoh uses 16-bit color graphics, large maps for seamless gameplay, and a proven interface.