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Great for Pharoah lovers
on June 22, 2000
After beta testing this add on for the last six weeks, I was very impressed with the additional history of the great leaders of Egypt and new features to make the original game that much more enjoyable.
This add-on installs over the original Pharoah game and includes about fifteen new missions spread over four different campaigns. The wonderful part is the inclusion of tomb building in the Valley of the Kings and famous landmarks like the Great Library at Alexandra and one of the lost wonders of the ancient world - the Lighthouse at Alexandra.
For those that felt missions from Pharoah took too long because the pyramid building process was slow, you now have the option to allow the gods of your city to help speed up the building through blessings, which can shave hours off some games, but only if you keep the gods happy. If not the programmers have added new ways for the gods to punish you for not giving them their due respect. Plagues of frogs infesting your houses, locust destorying your fields, hail storms killing your people and the Nile turning to blood are beautifully done and make game play a joy.
The new missions are more challenging then the older Pharoah missions which may be the only draw back to individuals that found some of the original missions hard to complete.
This expansion also includes the campaign editor that was released earlier this year via the web; new industries such as paint and lamp makers; new statues; new and more difficult enemies to fight; scorpions, loins and asps to deal with, and a number of new material to import/export and use to meet the goals of city building. A few new buildings are also included, my favorite being the Zoo which if kept supplied contains a number of animated animals for your citizens to enjoy.
Probably the nicest feature that old Pharoah players will enjoy in the ability to play any mission in any order you choose. For those that may have gotten stuck on a difficult mission, you'll now be able to skip over it and continue with the game.
This expansion will provide you with dozens of hours of added enjoyment to your original Pharoah game.