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 The Kingdom map shows current trading routes
Pharaoh Windows Intro cinematic: father telling his son...
Pharaoh Windows Sometimes you have to build several monuments (behold the three mastabas)
Pharaoh Windows War! Archers engage the enemies while our infantry strikes their flank

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

Netjak Mar 21, 2006 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN Nov 12, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Nov, 1999 88 out of 100 88 Nov 09, 1999 17 out of 20 85
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1999 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1999 81 out of 100 81
incite PC Gaming Jan, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games ( Nov 14, 1999 75 out of 100 75 (UK) Dec 18, 1999 7 out of 10 70


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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