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Pharaoh is an Windows XP/98/95 simulation game set in Middle East, developed by Impressions Games, designed by Chris Beatrice and published by Sierra On-Line in 1999.
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What magazines wrote about it

"Controlling all the aspects of civilization can be quite daunting, but Impressions Games have made a big impression (no pun intended) on me with their elaborate yet entertaining game. It's incredibly cool to be "idolized" by the populace and elevated to "godly" status. Talk about feeding the ego. Give it a whirl; you'll be pleased you did." - GameSpy (2001)

"If you are new to the city-building gaming community, and you want to experience this style of play, I highly recommend PHARAOH as a worthy purchase. You will experience many hours (60 to 80 estimated) of enjoyment. Remember, this is a game of city building and economics. Many problems will crop up that you have to take care fairly rapidly. You will be pressed to take care of everything at the beginning. But, be persistent, because you will gain a lot of satisfaction from the experience. If you are familiar with the series, I recommend it to those who want more of the same fun they found in CAESAR III. PHARAOH doesn't break any new ground. But, there are new components to deal with, such as the Nile flooding and building the monuments. Besides, there are a lot of scenarios to keep you busy for a very long time. This is, in summary, a really fine game, worthy of a "Golden Nugget" for gameplay and the manual." - gonegold.com (1999)


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Input: keyboard, mouse

Distributed on: cd-rom

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  • Raymond K - 03/09/2020 11:58
    I liked this game back in the day. It felt like it had potential and that one day I would try to complete it. However it just not balanced, especially as your city matures. These type of games often fail in the end game, even today.
  • LordBucket - 13/05/2017 10:27
    Decent city builder game. Not just a simcity clone. More mechanics than that. Not a bad game, but the monument build requirements quickly spiral massively out of control to the point that eventually you end up leaving the game running for days at a time simply waiting for your builders to finish building these stupidly massive structures, long past the point that you've really "beat" everything else about the map.

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