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In Tyrant of Athens the player becomes the ruler of a Greek city-state. The game starts in Athens, Vth century BCE, surrounded by rival Greek cities and the hostile Persian Empire. The gameplay is similar to that of Hammurabi - each year the player must make decisions vital to the survival of the polis: choosing the number of troops to train, warships and merchant ships to built, units of food to export/import (to sustain the population), to how many allies grant the citizenship (yet they may desert or even rebel) - all of the above makes expenses from the treasury. You'll also respond to attacking armies/fleets (whether to fight back or pay them a tribute). The game plays up to 30 turns, but may end earlier if you suffer disasters and defeats.


Tyrant of Athens ZX Spectrum The main game screen. At the start of each year the player decides what resources are required and enters a number for each icon in order. Here 40 more troops are to be trained.
Tyrant of Athens ZX Spectrum The game loads to this screen and pauses waiting for user input
Tyrant of Athens ZX Spectrum The battle is under way. Athens has the larger force but is still defeated.
Tyrant of Athens ZX Spectrum The two navies line up for battle. The army screen is the same but with different icons. 
Gradually the two forces close on each other

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