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ZOOM Zeus: Master of Olympus
$19.95 (Win95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Retail) (ZEUSPR)

Sierra

Game

- Animated violence

Ratings:

9/10 from Eurogamer

City Building of Mythological Proportions

From the makers of the award-winning City Building Series, including such classics as Caesar and Pharaoh, comes Zeus: Master of Olympus. Recreate your favorite legends from Greek mythology as you build and rule beautiful city-states. Help Hercules defeat the Hydra, Odysseus win the Trojan War or Jason retrieve the Golden Fleece. You'll make friends in high places, get involved in the affairs of immortals, and even meet Zeus himself!

Game Features:

Build and rule seven separate city-states in more than 40 fun-filled episodes.

Interact with over 20 animated gods, heroes and monsters who roam your cities.

Robust control over everything - taxes, trade, colonization, and combat by land and sea.

Build a colony near valuable resources, then return triumphantly to your governing city and rule them both.

Conquer unfriendly neighbors outright, or send your soldiers on a raid for needed supplies.

Adjustable difficulty settings for everyone from beginner to expert.

In Your City, Myth Becomes Reality

Zeus may be the Father of the Gods, but you have the power to build cities, summon heroes, and complete mythological missions in ancient Greece. Hold your own with the gods and goddesses of the Greek Pantheon as you rule in Greece's Heroic Age.

  • Call upon the gods and heroes you choose by building a city that caters to their needs.
  • Build a gym and a stadium, then train athletes and host you own Games! Dionysus will provide refreshments.
  • Battle neighboring city-states on land and sea. Succeed, and make them your vasals. Fall, and you'll be forced to pay tribute until winning your freedom.
  • Go beyond your city on the World Screen. Take your seat among intelligent allies and rivals to rule all of Greece!
  • Honor the gods with sanctuaries made of bronze and marble to receive gifts that help your city flourish.

Requirements:

Windows 95, 98, Me, XP or 2000: Pentium 166 (Pentium 266 recommended), 32 MB RAM (64 MB RAM recommended), 4x CD-ROM Drive, 2 Mb Video Card (16 bit at 800x600 resolution) (4MB Video Card recommended), 450 MB hard drive space (650 MB hard drive space recommended), 100 MB free space on Windows drive.


Reviews:

Eurogamer by Ewan Macdonald

"Anyone familiar with the strategy titles of the last few years will recognize Zeus very quickly; its isometric display and city-based strategy mirror the earlier games of the series such as 'Caesar' and 'Pharaoh.' This is, of course, no bad thing, the previous games being amongst the leaders in their chosen field. But while Zeus retains the city building and management elements of the previous games, it replaces the elaborate temple and pyramid building of Pharaoh with hero-driven campaigns and mythological encounters, with a little bit of armed combat for good measure."

"In keeping with the spirit of Ancient Greece, all of the campaigns available are based upon events from Greek mythology. You can follow eight different campaigns through Greek history, varying from the adventures of Jason and his Argonauts to the construction of Athens. Furthermore, a lot of missions involve the summoning of a Greek hero such as Hercules to aid you in battle. The hero will only help you if you meet various criteria, like getting enough resources, winning Olympic games, or achieving a certain population. However, upon completing these goals, the hero will proceed to smite any Minotaur, Harpy or whatever it is that has been making your city's life a living Hades for the last few months, and everyone goes home happy with a crate of Athenian wine."

"As is to be expected from this series, Impressions has struck gold yet again with an updated strategy classic. If you are not a strategy fan by nature you will probably still love the city building aspect in Sandbox mode, where you can build to your heart's content. And for the genre enthusiast, there is more than enough to keep you entertained for the long haul."



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