Zeus: Master of Olympus - PC
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At first I was a little disappointed that the game wasn't as based in history as Pharaoh. Also, the graphics were a bit more on the cartoon side than I was hoping for. So my first impression was negative. But after playing it, I think I understand why they made changes that they did. The cartoon aspect to the graphics (the gods walk around your city blessing industry or possibly destroying it) I believe is intentionally done to illustrate that the game is not trying to be historically accurate. And the mythology aspect of the game is actually very engaging.
Pharaoh often used the building of monuments as the goals for the different scenarios. Zeus often uses mythology as its main goals, which is a refreshing twist (especially if you enjoy Greek mythology). So instead of a mock history lesson (as you get with Pharaoh) with Zeus you get a mock mythology lesson. I also find the interface to the game a little improved the the interface with Pharaoh. It is similar, but somewhat stream-lined and you don't have to leave the main screen to visit your advisors.
All in all, it is an improvement in their city building series. So if you enjoyed Pharaoh, I believe you will enjoy Zeus (probably a little more).
The third in a "City Building Series." Zeus proves that it's better to rule than to be ruled. Built on the same engine as its predecessors, Caesar III and Pharaoh, the subtle difference will make this one stand on its own.
Your objectives are simple. Provide food and jobs for your cities inhabitants and some of life's other luxuries such as, entertainment, wine, and sport. Build an economy through industry, trade, and diplomacy. Have a stout army at the ready. Oh... and don't piss off the gods!
Actually succeeding at these goals is not as easy as stated. Food and other commodities should be made accessible to your vendors who will then distribute them to the local residents. Leisure activities should also be a short commute. This flow of prosperity is symbolized by the walking citizens in you city. If a resident hasn't been visited by these folk then it will begin to suffer. This can be controlled by the use of strategically placed roadblocks, which will prevent access to certain citizens into already covered or unnecessary areas. Deliverymen, foreign merchants, immigrants, and emigrants amongst others will not be affected.
This brings trade and industry to mind. You will have to farm, herd, mold, forge, and squish (wine and olive oil) your way to an economic Mecca. These goods can then be traded to other Greek cities or foreign lands. Instead of opening trade routes like in Caesar III. You have to build storehouses specific for that city or country.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this game the first t8ime I played it and love it even more nowPublished 7 months ago by Linda Funkhouser
If you enjoy city building games look no further! This game has countless hours of enjoyment with many missions. The gameplay is thorough and very in depth. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert
I used to play this game Zeus: master of Olympic PC game all the time some time around 2000 -2002. I really loved playing it; all those building different levels of houses and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Khin Thin Zar Aung
I got it and I think this is the third time I have gotten this stupid game. I am not borrowing it to anyone lol.Published 20 months ago by Anthony
I remember playing this computer game as a child. To this day, I enjoy the whole experience of this game: the music, the construction of the city, and watching all the parts of a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JS
This was my favorite game as a kid, so excited I found it and can play it again. Thank you!Published on February 2, 2014 by Savannah
A very fun, build- your- own- city type game. Not as detailed as a sim city but I am addicted. A definite time waster for me.Published on October 2, 2013 by tacissej02