mmerse 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.
Pharaoh: A New Era, the revitalisation of a classic strategy game of the late 90s, is coming very soon. It follows a recent trend of old-time strategy titles being spruced up and brought back for new and old players alike. We're no stranger to classic RTS or strategy here at ModDB, and neither is the rest of Impression Games' back catalogue - so here's five mods for their other games to get you into the swing of their particular loop!
This mod has a whole bunch of changes under its umbrella, setting the stage for a good excuse to come back to this fantasy original. Image artifacts have been cleared up, loot drops have been rebalanced, and a lot of units have received a second pass to give them a little more (or a little less) presence on the battlefield.
Older games are, naturally, designed for older hardware, and that means sometimes they don't stretch so well to fit the newest resolution standards for computer screens. Well, never mind that - seeing as modders have created HD patches for a number of Impression Games' titles, including Zeus: Master of Olympus. There's a special satisfaction to playing old games in crisp resolution, and a similar HD mod exists for Pharaoh if you want to get a taste of what to expect with A New Era.
Part of the fine of strategy games is building the biggest base, or the most sprawling city, but even modern games have to rein in players lest their architectural fascinations get out of hand. Enter the simply named EmperorLimitPatch, which removes limitations from buildings in Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Now you can build the largest city in all of China, one befitting of a real Emperor!
Whilst resolution scaling mods are one way to improve visual fidelity and modernise an old classic, they do nothing - or in fact, sometimes make worse - the issue of old pre-rendered videos looking crusty on modern hardware. With the advent of AI upscaling, though, mods like this one for Caesar 3 can improve the fidelity of even these old videos, smoothing the transition for HD play.
Wrapping up with a mod for Pharaoh is fitting given what's coming up, but perhaps you've never played Pharaoh, or it's been a long while since you have? Never fear - if you wanted to brush up on your skills in a less intense manner, the Easy Mode mod for Pharaoh makes resources a little less strictly maintained, giving players an easier way into the challenging strategy of the endgame.
Pharaoh is one of Impressions Games' strategy titles, releasing in 1998. It put players in control of Ancient Egyptian society, and in charge of building up cities, handling the needs of their citizens, and managing the resources necessary to build a lasting empire. Following the trend of other isometric strategy games getting their own remasters (like Starcraft and Age of Empires), Pharaoh is coming back into the modern limelight with A New Era.
Pharaoh: A New Era is coming on February 15th (just after Valentine's, luckily!), and will offer all the same content as the original, with thousands of years of ancient history to explore and this time, in brilliant 4k. You can check out the remake's Steam page here and add it to your wishlist, though pricing info is not yet public.
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This is the official singleplayer demo of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
This is the latest official patch for the Swedish version of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
This is the latest official patch for the Italian version of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
This is the latest official patch for the Spanish version of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
This is the latest official patch for the German version of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
This is the latest official patch for the French version of Impressions Games' Pharaoh.
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