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Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile (Windows)

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Description

In this historic city-building game by the designers of Pharaoh, set in the ancient Egypt, the focus is on the people who live in the cities. Every character behaves like an intelligent human, with their own wishes and needs. You, as a pharaoh, cannot control them directly, but instead you have to create the conditions that allow them to move up in society. You will need to manage natural resources as well as your people. By building specific structures, you can let your people learn different skills (to become soldiers, farmers, shopkeepers, nobles, priests, craftsmen...). If you are successful, you can construct pyramids, obelisks and monuments to commemorate your own glory.

Expanding power is achieved by conquering neighbouring nations or through diplomacy and trade. This improves your prestige, resulting in more educated workers or advanced structures. Building a mighty empire usually takes many generations of pharaohs of the same dynasty.

The game is played through a full campaign or individually selectable scenarios. A 3D engine (from Empire Earth) with zooming options is used and an editor to create your own maps, scenarios and campaigns has been included.

With the release on Steam in 2008 the game received a massive update, which turned it into the "Enhanced Edition". This included several bugfixes, improved compatibility, new features (like higher resolution support and tweaked controls) and some gameplay additions (like new buildings and shrines).

Screenshots

Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile Windows Developing civilization
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile Windows Farmer's cottages
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile Windows A farming community in the town of Nekhen
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile Windows Fields of wheat, barley, and vegetables are cultivated on the Nile's rich flood plains

Alternate Titles

  • "不朽之都:尼罗河的儿女" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Immortal Cities: Los niños del Nilo" -- Spanish title
  • "Immortal Cities: Les enfants du Nil" -- French title
  • "Immortal Cities: Kinder des Nils" -- German title
  • "Immortal Cities: I figli del Nilo" -- Italian title
  • "Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition" -- Steam title

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User Reviews

Put Tropico, Pharaoh, and The Sims in a blender. Mix on high speed for 45 seconds. Serve chilled. Afterburner (477) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars

The Press Says

PC Powerplay Dec, 2004 84 out of 100 84
GamesFire Feb 23, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Strategy Informer Jan 11, 2005 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2005 79 out of 100 79
GameZone Jan 18, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Action Jan 17, 2005 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot Nov 11, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
JeuxVideoPC.com Feb 19, 2005 14 out of 20 70
Joystick (French) Feb, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Nov 04, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Pre-order bonus

If you pre-ordered the game at EB or GameStop, a limited strategy disc with "behind the scenes" content was given:
  • 10 in-depth movies with commentary by key members of the development team
  • Full Music Score written by composer Keith Zizza
  • Art Gallery of never before seen concept art
  • Exclusive Trailer
  • Exclusive 2005 Desktop Calendar
  • Exclusive Contest: Win a trip to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas

Rights

In early 2008 Tilted Mill Entertainment, Inc.acquired the publishing rights to the Children of the Nile franchise. This let to several re-releases under their label, especially on digital gamestores.

Soundtrack

On December 17th, 2004, the full soundtrack by Keith Zizza was released for free.

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Sciere (251284) added Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile (Windows) on Feb 06, 2005