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  • genre Strategy / Simulation / Managerial
  • download size 490 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 616 user ratings.
  • release date October 31, 1999
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Impressions Games / Activision
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 3 avatars
  • 2 manuals
  • mission editor guide
  • reference card

What's cool about it:

  • Pharaoh + Cleopatra bundle includes Pharaoh and Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile expansion.
  • A city-builder gem, made by the creators of the award-winning Caesar III.
  • Extensive help section not only does an excellent job at explaining the game mechanics, but also contains many interesting facts and trivia about life in Ancient Egypt.
  • Destroy enemies on land and sea, or simply build the perfect Egyptian city of your liking with the City Construction Kit.


Immerse yourself in Ancient Egypt from the age of the great pyramids to the final years of the New Kingdom. Govern all aspects of the exotic Egyptian, culture from religion to trading with distant cities. Cultivate vast farms in the Nile valley and discover the important role this river, with its unpredictable floods, played in the life of the Egyptians. Stone by stone, erect giant monuments - from the Sphinx, to the lighthouse and library of Alexandria.

Manage your city poorly and you shall 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 never before seen in a city building game, such as a farming model based on the flooding of the Nile, naval warfare, giant monuments that are assembled over time, unique dynastic progression, and variable difficulty levels. This a massively addictive, huge, but most importantly fun game that is a great choice for anyone looking for a solid city builder title, or an intellectual challenge.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 1GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.

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Summer of 99'

Posted on 2012-05-24 07:02:24 byJaxx's avatarJaxx:

This is one of the best city building games I've ever played. I play it every summer, because it has that unexplainable warm atmosphere, that gets you every time you see the intro movie. It has intuitive controls, very approachable learning curve, yet it's challenging in the later stages plus it looks gorgeous even now, more than 10 years after it's release. Oh, and don't forgetread more the soundtrack with very catchy "egyptian" tunes, that will stick in your mind for a very long time. This version comes with Cleopatra expansion, which adds roughly 20 hours of gameplay to the endless fun of the original, for just 10 bucks, this is simply a bargain.

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It will eat you life

Posted on 2012-05-24 07:41:57 byspookypeanut's avatarspookypeanut:

I got horrifically addicted to this game, and my life was essentially on hold for a few months while all my spare time was spent playing it. It's a huge amount of fun, probably the best city-building game I've ever played (I could never get into Caesar III or Zeus the way I got into this). I would buy it all over again if I didn't think I'd fall into the same trap again.

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Posted on 2012-05-24 07:55:04 byapsham's avatarapsham:

I was hoping for this the moment that I saw Zeus & Poseidon pop up. This game got me into city building in a huge way - it's amazingly detailed without being too deep and allows for a variety of ways to build up your city - you'll find yourself improving each and every time you play.
If you have even a passing interest in city building/management I suggest you pick up this game and Zeus & Poseidon as well.

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