Pharaoh (Windows)

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The fourth in Impressions Games' city building series, Pharaoh takes place in ancient Egypt. Take on the role of a family and follow it through Egypt's dynasties, perform well and one day you might become pharaoh! This is a SimCity-like game, but offers much more. Manage trade, immigration, farming and the military, all while building grand monuments.


Pharaoh Windows Intro cinematic: father telling his son...
Pharaoh Windows Overseers' menu: export/import settings
Pharaoh Windows Finishing a stepped pyramid
Pharaoh Windows Behold the finished Pyramid!

Alternate Titles

  • "法老王" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "法老" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Фараон" -- Russian spelling
  • "Pharaon" -- French title
  • "Pharao" -- German title
  • "Faraón" -- Spanish title
  • "Faraon" -- Italian/Russian/Polish title
  • "Faraó" -- Brazilian title
  • "Farao" -- Swedish title

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User Reviews

...and they say drugs and smoking are addictive...there should be a government warning for this fine game! Indra is stressed (20014) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Fun historical city-building sim Afterburner (477) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
"Caesar III Enhanced" (ENGLISH/GERMAN review) DaHero (863) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Gaming World Dec, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 1999 90 out of 100 90 1999 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Nov 15, 1999 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1999 81 out of 100 81
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Gry OnLine Dec 22, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75 Nov 21, 2000 4.16 out of 10 42


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Italian version

The Italian version is not so well done. Ostrich (struzzo in Italian) was translated as oyster (ostrica in Italian). Imagine the game speech saying how the oyster hide their head under the sand...

Polish version

The Polish initial release had a coupon in the box allowing you to exchange the English game disc (included) with the Polish localized edition (which was supposed to be in the box instead, but they didn't make it in time) when sent to the distributor. To make it up there was a book in the box: a XIXc. historical novel Faraon [Pharaoh] by Bolesław Prus.


  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - "Best Managerial Simulation in 1999
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/2000 – Best Building Strategy Game in 1999
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Jonathon Howard (105) added Pharaoh (Windows) on Dec 06, 1999