Zeus: Master of Olympus (Windows)

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After Pharaoh, Impressions Games took its city building series into Ancient Greece, land of Zeus, Ares and his dragon, and many other mythological figures.

The most important change to the core of the previous games is how dwellings are built and improve. Instead of allocating single tiles of land the player can choose between building common and elite housing. These only expand inside the allocated plot; common houses cannot evolve into elite houses, which allow the player to build a city block immediately without worrying about newcomers building in the middle of a 2x4 block, rendering the four plots on each side almost useless.

The distribution of goods has also changed. While the production remains the same, goods are now sold at the Agora, a roadside market. Then, the player builds the shops and after they arrive from nearby warehouses and granaries, a peddler roams the streets, selling his goods until he is sold out (roadblocks can be used to control his path, keeping him in the neighborhood).

Finally, religion plays a larger -and more palpable- part than in previous games. In many missions, the player may be facing a monster summoned by a deity (which requires the player to call a hero such as Heracles by building him a nice building with all required commodities) or the Deity himself, which can cause extreme damage to the city (like Ares or Athena) or lure inhabitants away from the city (Aphrodite). To obtain their favor and blessings, the player first must build a gigantic temple and then offer a sacrifice, even if sometimes they help the player from their own kindness. While in previous games their actions were communicated by message boxes, in Zeus they have their own sprites, roaming across the city.

The rest of the game remains unchanged from the core of the series. The player is in charge of developing a plot of land and turn it into a thriving new city. For that, the player must build enough housing spots and provide jobs for the people, either working in production of raw material, manufacturing of goods or services done to the city. These services include philosophers, athletes and actors, who entertain the people and every four years take part in the Olympic Games, which brings fame to the city. Other services include tax collectors, water bearers, healers, watchmen, and superintendents. Each level (excluding sandbox games) have a goal that may range from stockpiling a number of goods, submitting neighboring cities, or acquire enough currency.


Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Zeus' Stronghold in Argos
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows All the king's horses and all the king's men
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Ares' Fortress
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Scenario Instructions

Alternate Titles

  • "宙斯:众神之主" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "宙斯" -- Chinese spelling (Traditional)
  • "אדון האולימפוס: זאוס" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Zeus: Señor del Olimpo" -- Spanish Title
  • "Zeus: Pan Olimpu" -- Polish Title
  • "Zeus: Herrscher des Olymp" -- German Title
  • "Olympens Härskare: Zeus" -- Swedish Title
  • "Mestre do Olimpo: Zeus" -- Brazilian Title
  • "Le Maitre de l'Olympe: Zeus" -- French Title

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Hours upon hours of great entertainment Jude Austin (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The best city building game other then SimCity. Alex Schwendner (33) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Da Gameboyz Jul 08, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
WomenGamers.com Feb 07, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Oct 30, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2000 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Dec 05, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Gamers' Temple, The Apr 08, 2002 82 out of 100 82
GamersHell.com Oct 23, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gry OnLine Feb 15, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GamesFirst! Nov 14, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Playground May 08, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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Zeus is the third title from Impression's city-building series. Their previous efforts were Caesar series (1,2, and 3) and Pharoah (with the Cleopatra expansion pack).

Related Web Sites

  • Zeus: Master of Olympus (official website)
  • Zeus Heaven (Fansite for Zeus, contains an active forum, plenty of game-related information, and hundreds of user-created files. Part of the HeavenGames network.)
Andrew Hartnett (2196) added Zeus: Master of Olympus (Windows) on Nov 20, 2000