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Zeus: Master of Olympus

aka: Herrscher des Olymp: Zeus, Il Signore dell' Olimpo: Zeus, Le Maitre de l'Olympe: Zeus, Master of Olympus: Zeus, Mestre do Olimpo: Zeus, Olympens Härskare: Zeus, Señor del Olimpo: Zeus, Zeus: Pan Olimpu

Critic Reviews 83% add missing review

Da Gameboyz (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

For those of you that have never liked city builders because of the monotony, then perhaps you should give Zeus a try. Zeus is a different city builder game because it is not restricted to just that. It is also a game of wits and diplomacy, as well a game of survival in the struggle for power. You can build up a military based on your population and use it to do any number of tasks. You will need both financial and military stability to gain the respect of the Grecian gods and goddesses and your neighbors. You have a lot of work ahead of you, I guess you better get started.

Jul 8th, 2004 · Windows · read review

IGN (9.1 out of 10) (91%)

Add Zeus to the short list of games I've had to tear myself away from to write the review. While I was a fan of Caesar and Pharaoh, this third installment in Impression's city building series fulfills a lot of the latent potential in the previous games. Even better, Zeus takes the slightly mythic flavor of Pharaoh and Cleopatra and runs with it. Blurring the lines between history and myth, Zeus is able to add layers of excitement on top of the more restrained game design of the earlier titles.

Nov 3rd, 2000 · Windows · read review

Gaming Age (A-) (91%)

Life in Ancient Greece was pretty rough: Unfair taxation by the government, hardships found in the simple act of bathing, numerous wars, and several gods rampaging through your country blowing up sheep. Well, perhaps that last part isn’t true (if written history is to be believed.) but Impressions Games latest title, Zeus: Master of Olympus includes all of the above along with so much more.

Oct 28th, 2000 · Windows · read review

WomenGamers.com (9 out of 10) (90%)

This is a silly but well-made city construction game. It emphasizes humour and long term strategy over micromanagement, which I really appreciated. Zeus takes the best of other city-building games and improves on it, delivering an addictive, entertaining adventure. If only there were more adventures, more open play possibilities, or an adventure creator/editor, this game would have been one to keep me addicted for years. As it is, I finished it in about six weeks of intensive play.

Feb 7th, 2001 · Windows · read review

Playback (9 out of 10) (90%)

Zeus: Pan Olimpu oraz Posejdon: Bóg Atlantydy to jedna z niewielu strategii od lat, która przykuła mnie do monitora na długie godziny. Nic to, że gra ma już swoje lata, a grafika (w przeciwieństwie do świetnej, klimatycznej muzyki!) może śmieszyć. Gra się wyśmienicie i każdy fan strategii jeżeli jeszcze tego nie zrobił, powinien chwycić w dłoń 20 złociszy i lecieć na złamanie karku do sklepu. A jeśli ktoś nie lubi tego typu gier... Jego strata! Wielka strata!

Aug 2006 · Windows · read review

Svenska PC Games (9 out of 10) (90%)

Om du en dag skulle bli deporterad till en öde ö och bara fick ta med dig tre saker så föreslår vi att du tar med dig datorn, strömförsörjning och Zeus: Olympens härskare. Så får du i alla fall inte tråkigt.

Jan 2001 · Windows

Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)

As is to be expected from this series, Impressions have struck gold yet again with an updated strategy classic. If you are not a strategy fan by nature you will probably still love the city building aspect in Sandbox mode, where you can build to your heart's content. And for the genre enthusiast, there is more than enough to keep you entertained for the long haul. If you are looking for a festive thinker to play in between consuming copious amounts of booze, this will be ideal, although I wouldn't recommend playing it with a hangover. A thoroughly addictive, engrossing game that ranks among my top five for this year.

Dec 21st, 2000 · Windows · read review

Game Over Online (90 out of 100) (90%)

I'm not quite sure Zeus is on the same level as Pharaoh, but it's damn good. Zeus is a game that is quite easy to learn, but incredibly difficult to master. Perhaps it's just me who needs to do a little adjusting, but I think newcomers to the city-building games are going to be in for a rough time. Even hardcore fans of Impressions' city-builders will find the game difficult. Seriously though, Zeus is a fantastic game and fans of Impressions Games will not be disappointed at all.

Oct 20th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( ) (90%)

Apart from striking the perfect balance between historical fact and romanticized fiction, Impressions have managed to capture the essence of what makes the city building series fun and turn it into a game that feels almost wholly different from Caesar III and Pharaoh. An entire slew of new internal sub-systems have been added while existing ones, such as the advisors and city layouts, have been simplified to let you focus on more issues that truly matter. Aspects like religion that were once peripheral to the experience are now an integral part of it, with Gods, Monsters and Heroes each playing their own distinct role in the grand theater of gameplay. With a fantastic grasp of the ins and outs of Ancient Greece and an atmosphere that envelops you from moment one, Zeus easily stands as the best of Impressions’ City Building series and is a worthwhile addition to any genre fan’s collection.

Nov 15th, 2000 · Windows · read review

GameSpy (90 out of 100) (90%)

Zeus easily fits into that category of games we find fun to play even though we can't explain just why. Go get it and make with the building!

Nov 6th, 2000 · Windows · read review

ActionTrip (89 out of 100) (89%)

After three Caesars, the Pharaoh and Cleopatra, Sierra and Impressions have no intention of giving up the development of sim-city-like games. After a short visit to Africa, the action returns to good-old Europe. The Greeks have their turn, and their history and mythology offer new and refreshing surroundings. The game covers the period from XII century B.C. all to the times of Macedonian tribes and Roman invasion, which have been left for a possible expansion pack. Just don't presume that the game sticks to history too much; the guys from Impression decided that the gaming community prefers myths to history, so they focused on reviving Ancient Greek myths and legends.

Dec 4th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Strategy Gaming Online (8.8 out of 10) (88%)

I recall reading designers notes when Caesar III came out stating that the team at Impressions was planning on bringing their city-building engine to the realm of science fiction, enabling players to build a city in outer space. Obviously they scratched that idea in favor of keeping with the historical simulations, and thus Pharaoh, Cleopatra, and now Zeus: Master of Olympus, was born. While I was a bit skeptical at first, because Zeus looked a bit childish, I am pleased to say that it is every bit as engrossing as its predecessors, and for some, it will be even more so.

Jan 10th, 2001 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (8.6 out of 10) (86%)

Zeus: Master of Olympus follows in the same tradition as Impressions' other real-time city-building games, including Pharaoh and the Caesar series. These games combine the urban-management elements of Maxis' SimCity along with the colonial and imperial objectives of Blue Byte's Settlers games. Yet although Zeus is similar to its predecessors, it offers numerous enhancements and improvements that make it a much better game. These include features and options reminiscent of Ensemble's Age of Empires real-time strategy games as well as MicroProse's classic Civilization series. As a result, Zeus plays like a best-of-all-worlds combination of some of the greatest strategy games ever.

Oct 30th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Gamesmania.de (86 out of 100) (86%)

Wenn ein Spiel den Tester Nächte vor den Bildschirm fesselt, ist das schon mal ein klares Indiz für ein tolles Spiel. Mir persönlich gefällt Zeus besser als die Vorgänger, da die Missionen geschickter aufeinander aufbauen und das Vorhandensein von Bestien und Helden viel Abwechslung ins Spiel bringen. Schade ist nur, dass man für das Spiel extrem viel Zeit benötigt, die sicher nicht jeder hat. Dafür bekommt man aber langen Spielspaß für sein Geld.

2000 · Windows · read review

4Players.de (85 out of 100) (85%)

Gut, dass Impressions aus den kleinen Fehlern von Pharao gelernt hat. Denn wenn man gut zwei (!) Tage damit verbringt eine Pyramide zu bauen, ist der Spaß bei mir aus. Bei Zeus wurde dieser Fehler jedoch behoben und das Spiel ist um einiges zügiger. Da macht auch die Tempelbauerei wieder Spaß. Außerdem haben die Leute von Impressions wieder ein komplexes, aber dennoch einfaches Wirtschaftssystem hinbekommen. Kurzum: jeder, der sich für Aufbauspiele interessiert, sollte sich Zeus näher ansehen - es ist wirklich einen Blick wert!

Dec 5th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (85 out of 100) (85%)

Met Zeus bewijst Impressions weer dat het de onbetwiste meester is in zijn genre...

Dec 2000 · Windows

GameStar (Germany) (84 out of 100) (84%)

Erst einmal ein großes Pfui an Impressions. Schon wieder wird die uralte Caesar-3-Engine ausgepackt, um ein weiteres Historien-Strategiespiel zu basteln. Trotz bunterer Grafik und gelungenen Animationen wird es langsam Zeit für ein neues Grundgerüst. Nachdem mein gerechter Zorn verraucht ist, wage ich einen ersten Blick hinter die funktional-schmucklose Fassade von Zeus und erlebe eine angenehme Überraschung. Die dröge Aufbauphase aus Pharao wurde auf ein angenehmes Maß verkürzt. Es geht Schlag auf Schlag mit Göttern, Monstern, Helden. Die Provinzen fordern meine ganze Aufmerksamkeit, wo ich mich doch eigentlich um mehr Sporthallen in meiner Stadt kümmern sollte. Wenn ich doch mal Zeit habe, dann feile ich mit Freuden am Stadtplan, damit meine Wirtschaft noch reibungsloser klappt. Zeus werde ich sicher auch privat die nächsten Monate noch spielen.

Nov 2000 · Windows

Science Fiction Weekly (B+) (83%)

All in all, though, Zeus is a lot of fun. The pictures are pretty, the sounds are funny, and the goals and demands keep players on their toes. The resulting cities may not be especially realistic, and the diplomacy and mythical aspects not as deep as history-minded gamers might have wished, but this shouldn't stop most players from spending a lot of enjoyable hours playing Zeus and from feeling a glow of pride when the gods smile and the city grows rich.

Aug 26th, 2002 · Windows · read review

Power Unlimited (8.2 out of 10) (82%)

Zeus is een bijzonder aardig deel in de serie, al begint de engine nu zichtbaar scheurtjes te vertonen. Doordat de Goden meer op de voorgrond treden, krijgt het spel weer meer diepgang en het is erg leuk om te zien hoe je Griekse bouwwerken verrijzen temidden van de mythologische avonturen.

Dec 2000 · Windows

PC Action (Germany) (82 out of 100) (82%)

Egal ob Rom, Ägypten oder Griechenland: Spaß macht es allemal, das muntere Städtebauen und -planen. Fans der Reihe werden sich über die leicht entstaubte und besser zu bedienende Menüstruktur sowie die schönere Grafik freuen, ansonsten aber wirkliche Neuerungen vermissen. Sicherlich, die Gottheiten spielen jetzt eine viel wichtigere Rolle und durch das Errichten der Tempel und Hallen für die Helden kommt mehr Abwechslung ins Spiel. Das war aber auch bitter nötig, sonst würde die Serie nämlich an Innovationsarmut zugrunde gehen. Wer den Vorgänger bereits besitzt, sollte sich den Kauf überlegen!

Nov 2000 · Windows

Gamers' Temple, The (82 out of 100) (82%)

Impressions has made a reputation for itself with its line of ancient city building games. First there was the Caesar series which focused on the Roman Empire. Next they turned their attention to Ancient Egypt with Pharaoh and its expansion game, Cleopatra. Now Impressions takes you to Ancient Greece in their latest game, Zeus: Master of Olympus. Does this game bring anything new to the series, or is it just a rehash of the prior games with Greek looking graphics? The answer is a little of both.

Apr 8th, 2002 · Windows · read review

PC Player (Germany) (82 out of 100) (82%)

O Pharao - äh - bei Zeus, so langsam könnten die Entwickler ja mal eine wirklich neue Engine springe lassen. Im Prinzip wirkt Zeus wie ein Pharao ohne Pyramiden - oder wie ein Caesar 3 mit griechischen Göttern und zusätzlichen Höhenstufen. Immerhin: Das alte Spielprinzip begeistert wie eh und je, auch die verschiedenen Ziele der Kampagnen faszinieren jeden Aufbau-Fan. Nur kann die griechische Antike nicht ganz mit dem Pyramidenbau im schicken Ägypten mithalten, die bewusst comicartigere Aufmachung ist ebenfalls nicht jedermanns Sache. Im Schnitt sind die Missionen etwas kürzer und anfangs einen Tick einfacher als bei Pharao, ein Spiel für die Mittagspause ist Zeus dennoch nicht. Einige witzige Einfälle wurden gesichtet, Zwischensequenzen fehlen jedoch. Verbesserungen gibt es kleine und mittelgroße, insbesondere bei der Bedienung.

Nov 2000 · Windows

PC Games (Germany) (81 out of 100) (81%)

Die beinahe comicartige Grafik wurde im Vergleich zu Kleopatra deutlich verbessert und das Militär agiert nun auf Wunsch vollautomatisch. Die entstaubte Benutzeroberfläche ist für Cäsar-Veteranen zwar anfangs ungewohnt, erweist sich aber bereits nach den ersten Missionen als schneller und praktischer als die etwas umständlichen Beraterbildschirme der Vorgänger. Der Clou allerdings sind die vielen kleinen Subquests (Unteraufgaben) und die launischen griechischen Götter und Monster. die nun vor den Augen des Spielers agieren und ihre Fehden austragen. Die akribisch recherchierte Geschichte schließlich zeugt von der hohen Kompetenz der Entwickler. Bleibt eigentlich nur zu hoffen, dass der Nachfolger endlich eine Mehrspieleroption und eine höher auflösende Grafik bieten wird, davon abgesehen ist Zeus erste Wahl für historisch interessierte PC-Bürgermeister.

Nov 2000 · Windows

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20) (80%)

Le Maître de l'Olympe : Zeus se veut donc un titre tout à fait complet et soigné pour sa catégorie. Quelques petites innovations ça et là lui permettent par ailleurs de se mettre en relief en dépit du nombre limité d'options qu'il propose. La variété des possibilités à l'intérieur de chaque partie et la complexité de la gestion en font un titre particulièrement attrayant et dont la dimension stratégique vient renforcer l'intérêt. Des graphismes un peu plus fins et une interface plus esthétique auraient été souhaitables mais ne freinent en aucun cas le plaisir de jeu occasionné par ce titre qui devrait assurer de nombreuses heures de jeu aux passionnés du genre.

Nov 23rd, 2000 · Windows · read review

GamersHell.com (8 out of 10) (80%)

Overally I would say this is a game that I would place somewhere in between "good" and "very good." While it is fun to play for alot of hours, it gets boring after a while. There should have been more varied scenarios, and there should be another system for building armies. Alot of people play such games for the war-part of them, which was very lacking. But it is still well worth the money, and gives some good hours of gameplay!

Oct 23rd, 2000 · Windows · read review

Gry OnLine (8 out of 10) (80%)

Podsumowując – produkcja ta jest dość udana, chociaż niewiele się różni od tytułów wymienionych we wstępie, ale ma w sobie jakiś magnes, gdyż jak tylko skończę pisać tą recenzje zamierzam do niej wrócić, żeby tylko dokończyć budowę świątyni Ateny. Dla ludzi, którzy przekładają konstruktywne tworzenia, nad bezmyślne burzenie jest to tytuł idealny. A dla reszty – RTSów wychodzi w tej chwili tak dużo, że wybór nie powinien być aż tak trudny i każdy znajdzie coś dla siebie.

Feb 15th, 2001 · Windows · read review

GamesFirst! ( ) (80%)

Zeus is the fifth in Impression’s impressive City Builder series, and like Caesar and Pharaoh before it, the game’s focus is on hacking a town site out of the ancient wilderness and delicately balancing available resources and trade until you’ve created a classical metropolis. Unlike Caesar and Pharaoh, however, Zeus doesn’t try to sell itself as a “historical” game—for one thing,

Nov 14th, 2000 · Windows · read review

PC Joker (77 out of 100) (77%)

Unter dem Strich ist Zeus somit weniger ein wirklich neues Spiel als Caesar bzw. Pharao in einem neuen Szenario - die eine oder andere Detail-Verbesserung inklusive. Spaß macht das Errichten und Regieren von antiken Metropolen aber vielleicht mehr denn je, weil der Schwierigkeitsgrad gegenüber den Vorgängern abgesenkt wurde. Trotzdem: Für einen Hit hätte es mehr Neuerungen, eine zeitgemäße Grafik und vor allem endlich ein paar Modi für Multiplayer geben müssen.

Nov 2000 · Windows

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (76 out of 100) (76%)

Als we een optelsommetje maken van de verschillende features, kunnen we maar één ding concluderen: Zeus zal voor vele uren spelplezier zorgen!

Mar 30th, 2001 · Windows · read review

Game Revolution (B) (75%)

And, Zeus, it turns out, is a pleasant surprise. It's a laid-back, cartoonish game with surprising depth. But the first surprise was that I didn't get to be Zeus.

Mar 30th, 2001 · Windows · read review

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (70%)

Ultimately ZEUS has a hard time finding its identity. The average gamers are going to be disappointed if they are expecting high jinks on Mt. Olympus, and the hardcore gamers are going to have a definite “been there, done that” taste in their mouths. I suppose that die-hard fans of Impressions’ series will have to have it, but beyond jaded gaming journalists who got a copy for free, no one will consider the money well spent if it’s spent on ZEUS.

Feb 2001 · Windows

Electric Playground (7 out of 10) (70%)

Alas, like many other games of this genre, once the new options and features are fully explored, the game can quickly become a tedious affair of trying to quarry X number of marble slabs in one year before you can move on to the next stage. Though the setting does much to give Zeus: Master of Olympus character and appeal for fans of historical/fantastical Sims, it remains essentially yet another example of a tried-and-true formula in need of some new life. Sadly and strangely missed is a multiplayer option in a game that simply begs for it. Thrashing computer Gods is fun, but doing it to your buddy’s Ares or Hades can be more fun. An enjoyable game overall but debatable on whether it has enough ‘newness’ in it to hold one’s interest for very long.

May 8th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Absolute Games (AG.ru) (60 out of 100) (60%)

Зададимся концептуальным вопросом. Что хотели сказать нам разработчики, выпуская в свет Zeus: Master of Olympus? Что греки — это круто? Или что оливки не деликатес, а садовый овощ? Пожалуй, не то и не другое. Судя по геймплею, интерфейсу и сюжету, авторы решили, наконец, принести свою продукцию в массы. Решение это основано на том простом факте, что все предыдущие проекты команды никак нельзя было назвать «интуитивно понятными», «легко осваиваемыми» и «суперпопулярными». Это очень огорчало как саму компанию, так и игроков, изо всех сил пытавшихся полюбить элитные произведения игрового искусства.

Oct 25th, 2000 · Windows · read review

Gamekult (6 out of 10) (60%)

Impressions réussit une fois de plus à se maintenir dans le genre simulation/gestion avec Zeus : Le Maître de L'Olympe, agréable, innovant et bien réalisé. Une foule d'éléments ont été améliorés par rapport à Caesar III ou Pharaon (commerce, politique, diplomatie et prise en main), faisant de ce titre le meilleur de la série. En revanche, certains détails mis en avant s'avèrent finalement peu importants, comme l'apparition des dieux pendant les parties. Honnêtement réalisé, Zeus comblera sans problème tous les fans du genre tout en restant quelque peu lassant pour les néophytes.

Nov 23rd, 2000 · Windows · read review

Player Reviews

Hours upon hours of great entertainment

The Good
The graphics were very good, and being able to rotate the world view came in handy. The tutorials are excellent, each one building upon the last. The gameplay is reasonably open-ended (for those who enjoy combat, there are plenty of other cities to conquer. For those that prefer diplomacy, you can bribe and sweet talk your way into friendly relationships with other cities; even fighting is optional, as you can simply bribe enemy armies to leave you in peace). The people's voiced opinions of you can be quite entertaining. Building the temples (gathering the marble, bronze, sculpture etc) is good The game tells you in advance how hard or easy certain adventures are Adventures can take a long time to complete, giving far more time to enjoy the game You can reschedule labor if you're short on people but need certain industries well-staffed (Example: tell everyone to work on the farms producing food, then tell them to get to the granaries and unload that food and get it sent around to the houses). The monuments you get for different things (conquering, winning the Olympic games etc) are good

The Bad
When you conquer a city, it pays you an annual tribute. It would have been much better if you could have selected the kind of tribute you wanted (I often end up having extra fleece or olives dumped on me when I've got too much as it is!)

The Bottom Line
Although not normally a fan of city building games, I was surprised at how much I loved this one. Simple, easy, open-ended enough (Sandbox mode is available right from the start) and even a little bit educational. If you like city building games, you'll love this one. If you don't, try it anyway; you may be as surprised as I was.

by Jude Austin (2) on Apr 29th, 2012 · Windows

The best city building game other then SimCity.

The Good
Impressions fixed what I found to be the most annoying aspects of the earlier Impressions game Caesar II (and I would presume, Caesar III). In Caesar II, the land value of your houses could suddenly drop for no apparent reason. In Zeus, land value can still drop; however, land value does not play as large a role in Zeus as in Caesar II. In Zeus, distribution of goods and access to culture are the most important factors in housing levels. Goods can be produced in your own city, or imported from another city. Also, access to water, culture, and other services is more understandable in Zeus. In Caesar II, each house had to be within a certain distance from a well or fountain if it was to have water. In Zeus, fountains send out "water bearers" to deliver water to your citizens. You can see them walk and it is much easier to tell if a building has water access.

The Bad
Back to the water bearers. There is a disadvantage to them. They are not very smart, and unless you give them only a few choices (or better yet no choices) as to where to go, they may not go to the places that need water the most. Also, Zeus is not a very realistic game. Greece was not as Zeus portrays it, and this will be clear if you play it for a time and then think about it. However, I should point out that SimCity is for the most part, the only realistic game that I have played. For example, the game Civilization is unrealistic because the government does not build factories and banks or research everything.

The Bottom Line
Zeus is a city building game where you must manage all aspects of your city (you are the sole employer). You must make sure that your citizens have enough food, fleece, olive oil, water, culture, and jobs. You build and then you must manage, manage, manage.

by Alex Schwendner (34) on Jan 4th, 2001 · Windows

Plus 39 player ratings without reviews

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Critic reviews added by Jeanne, COBRA-COBRETTI, Parf, CalaisianMindthief, Caliner, Cavalary, PCGamer77, Patrick Bregger, Wizo, vedder, Xoleras, ti00rki, Cantillon, Klaster_1.