Behold the Nile! There, on the shores, shall arise your kingdom, your dynasty, and your future. As Pharaoh, you’ll guide your people from a simple tribe of hunter-gatherers to the pinnacle of an immortal civilization. Lead your people wisely and they will erect magnificent pyramids, explore the ancient world, and fight wars in your name. Every inhabitant of your city is a living, breathing person with their own needs, wants, and desires.From priests to entertainers, scribes to laborers, and even the royal family--everyone needs to eat and that’s just the start.
Children of the Nile Complete is a brilliantly shining gem of a city-building game, in both scope and attention to detail. To achieve immortality, a Pharaoh must look beyond his own city’s borders and make his mark on the world. Explore and establish trade with foreign nations and you will have the motivation to build commemorative wonders that will proclaim the strength and power of your dynasty throughout history. As your prestige rises so too will your ability to attract more people to take part in your ambitious endeavors and build cities that are truly awe-inspiring. How will YOUR dynasty be remembered?
Children of the Nile Complete--for the most comprehensive city-building and management an armchair Pharaoh can get!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Violence., PEGI Rating: 3+
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2013-04-09 12:57:33 byMenigal:
As much as I loved the ancient city series (Caesar, Pharaoh, etc.), I was always annoyed by the awkward walker mechanics, influence radii, and general gamey abstractions. CotN did away with those and gave us real citizens who go about their lives in a fairly realistic manner.
Watch potmaker Bobhotep take a break from collecting clay to go pray at the temple of Hator, or go seeread more a priest for a cure, or even scavenge for food if business is slow.
These changes are probably why some fans of the old games don't like this one as much, but to me they made it so much deeper.
Give it a try, take it slow, and watch your city grow from a collection of mud huts to a shining metropolis in the shadow of giant tombs.
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Posted on 2013-04-09 14:49:45 byraydeen:
I'm not really great at city sims but I enjoy this one due to more simplistic yet immersive environment. It's really cool being able to zoom down to street level and watch your people go about their lives. It also runs pretty well on low end hardware. I have it on my netbook which is no powerhouse (Asus EeePC 900 - 900mHz Celeron, 1 gig of RAM and Intel integrated graphics) and it runs decently enough to be enjoyable.
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Posted on 2013-04-10 12:16:42 bynitrogenfingers:
City builders often fall into the trap of attempting to all to carefully follow the formula of Sim City or deviate from this formula with mechanics that are either unenjoyable or unbalanced. Children of the Nile succeeds in not only being radically different to most city builders, it does so in a refreshing and interesting way.
Perhaps the most initially jarring feature of the gameread more is the lack of a currency.While there are many natural resources, from the reeds on the Nile to precious gems and metals, buildings are only limited by their material cost, and the rest are gathered and used in most cases by your citizens. This makes the game much more focused on infrastructure and design; there is no problem you can simply throw money at to solve, but you must instead ensure adequate facilities, education and raw materials being managed to ensure the city runs smoothly- leading to a much deeper experience.
It's a bonus that the cities it simulates feel like a window into ancient Egypt. It's a rare joy watching your farmers sowing crops into the silt, sandal makers fashioning footwear from fresh leaves, scribes teaching young children to read and write. Nothing happens for the sake of it happening- every citizen has a purpose, and in no other game have I felt cities to be as alive as in this one.
Children of the Nile is a refreshing title, bringing much-needed change to the genre. Easy to recommend.
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