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Zeus: Master of Olympus (Windows)

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Everyone
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Genre
Perspective
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Description

After Pharaoh, Impressions Games took its city building series into Ancient Greece, land of Zeus, Ares and his Dragon and a lot of 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 and common houses cannot evolve into elite houses, which allow players 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 also changed. While the production remains the same, goods are now sold in 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 can be facing a monster summoned by a deity (which require 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 get their favor and blessings, the player first must build a gigantic temple and then do 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, he 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 can range from stockpiling a number of goods, submitting neighboring cities to your rule or get enough currency.

Screenshots

Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows what a shepherd has to say about you
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Harvesting crops
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Dionysus traipsing around your city
Zeus: Master of Olympus Windows Displeasure of the Sea God

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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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Gaming Age Oct 28, 2000 A- 91
Game Over Online Oct 20, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 21, 2000 9 out of 10 90
WomenGamers.com Feb 07, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 15, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Strategy Gaming Online Jan 10, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
GamesFirst! Nov 14, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Mar 30, 2001 76 out of 100 76
Game Revolution Mar 30, 2001 B 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 25, 2000 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

A lot of the walkers have names "greekicized" from pop-culture icons - a guard is called "Dirty Harricles", sportsmen named "Gretzykles" or "Bobbi Orcas" and a pair of water carriers named " Abbots and Costellos". The game has a sharper sense of humour than all other games of the City Building Series, ranging from walker names to hilarious (and often overacted) mission introductions.

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 (2254) added Zeus: Master of Olympus (Windows) on Nov 20, 2000