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Nil Dieu Vivant (also known as Day of the Pharaoh) is an action-oriented strategy game set in ancient Egypt.

You start as descendant of the Pharaoh who was exiled from his kingdom. Your mission is to return to Cairo and claim the throne that is your birthright. You have to prove your worth to the people of Egypt by conquering neighboring lands and defending your kingdom from attack.

You can make offerings to various Egyptian gods in hopes of divine aid, marry a bride to ensure that your line will continue if you fall in battle, wage wars with neighboring countries, and so on. To construct the various buildings, you will need to find different types. Your starting city will not have all the raw materials available, so you will be forced to conquer your neighbors early on.

Combat takes place action-style. You will ride in a royal chariot, shooting arrows at the invaders who will throw lances at you. Divine favors, when they are granted, can result in complete annihilation of your enemies, but those are very rare and depend mostly on luck.

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Day of the Pharaoh Atari ST Loading screen.
Day of the Pharaoh Atari ST The story.
Day of the Pharaoh DOS Background story
Day of the Pharaoh DOS Choosing an offering to a god

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Alternate Titles

  • "Nil Dieu Vivant" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 9.8 out of 12 82
Games Preview Amiga Aug, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 71 out of 100 71
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Dec, 1989 625 out of 1000 62
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1989 59 out of 100 59
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1989 58 out of 100 58
Zero Amiga Dec, 1989 58 out of 100 58
Power Play DOS Dec, 1989 54 out of 100 54
Génération 4 DOS Mar, 1990 39 out of 100 39

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