In the campaign mode, you have to lead your family to the throne of Egypt and there are over 30 missions each with their own unique challenges to overcome. In one mission you might have to transform a barren landscape into an agricultural paradise and in another you will have to fend off enemy forces intent on subjugating your people.
Not only that, but your sim Egyptians have their own wants and needs and are very demanding. You will have to provide enough entertainment, education, healthcare facilities and religious structures for your population otherwise you'll find people will leave your city in droves. The gameplay is challenging without being fiendishly hard and the level of detail is fantastic. If you like Sim City 3000 and want a more historical challenge then Pharaoh and the expansion set Cleopatra are two of the best examples of the genre. --Kristen Bowditch
In Pharaoh you are bestowed with the task of raising a numerous cities from the desert itself, with the intention of doing it well enough to earn yourself a promotion, which conseqentally leads to you being assigned to bigger and more important cities. As in Caesar III numerous factors have to be catered for so as to keep your city running; most notably food, entertainment, religious facilities and sanitation. When these 'core' needs are in place you can get down to improving the lives for your citizens in different areas of your city, which will encourage richer (and thus more taxable)folks to move in. Education, health, fire prevention, crime, and immigration all have to be tackled for you to progress. From time to time your shining city might also be situated in a hostile region, so military matters also have to be seen to, else your enemies start destroying all of your hard work. Whilst this military element is by no means as sophisticated as say Shogun, or even your standard RTS game, it certainly adds an element of suspense and threat to the proceedings.
Where Pharaoh does differ from Caesar III however, it genuinely succeeds in adding to the enjoyment of the game. The lifelessness of the desert means that the Nile has a huge importance to your city, with all farming being based upon it's banks and subject to it's temperamental inundation cycles. Unlike Caesar, Pharaoh takes place over a much broader time period, covering the Egyptian Kingdom from it's primitve beginnings to the Ptolemy governership.Read more ›
>The graphics are exellent, you can see each individual person, their faces, their clothes etc. It all looks very realistic, from the trees in the wood to the rocks int he desert. Even the splashes made by the fish in the sea!
>It has lots of help pages that pop up with new information about anything you have not yet encountered, with clear instructions and detailed, colourful pictures too.
>The game, quite frankly, is fun to play, watching your cities grow, your goals being completed, your allies respecting you after all your hard work and devotion!
>It can get v.v.boring when, in the later levels of the game, you have to build pyramids. Each pyramid contains about 1000 bricks, you recieve about two blocks every 15 minutes (if you're lucky!)DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE TO WAIT??? I say grab a drink, biscuit and a book before you begin! And then there's also the cost of the bricks you use, and to be honest, it ain't cheap!
>Money is yes a problem, unlike some of the other games similar to Pharoah e.g.Read more ›
Pharaoh is an interesting game with a reasonable amount of play time, and certainly a fantastic game for the price.