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Designed by Impressions Games
Distributed by Sierra Studios

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 95/98/ME/2000
Pentium 166 or faster
32 MB RAM
Quadspeed (4x) CD-ROM drive
100% Microsoft-compatible Mouse and keyboard
2MB SVGA Video Card (PCI or AGP) w\ Direct X 7.0a
550 MB for installation and swap file
Windows compatible mouse

Da Introduction:

Set during the era when the Greek Gods roamed the earth fighting over mortals and their cities. You desire to be an object of their attention and so you construct your city. You do everything you can to be noticed by the Gods, and before you know it you are all they can talk about and they each want your city to honor them. They begin to fight over the right to be worshipped by your city's occupants.

Zeus: Master of Olympus is a cross between a city builder, diplomacy, and a strategy game (like Warcraft). Set in Greece you are in charge of pleasing the people that you attract to your city. Your goal is to become an object of the gods' attention and to be praised by the commoners, building the greatest city in all of Greece.

Da Graphics:

Zeus is played from an isometric bird's eye perspective. There are hundreds of colors that enhance the landscape and city features. As you build your city people are attracted to live there. Your city begins to bustle with merchants, commoners, shepherds, and even legendary Grecian immortals. All of the structures at your fingertips are designed in authentic Grecian artwork, full of vibrant color and intense detail. Hustle and bustle mark the success of a growing city.

The game supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768. There is no doubt in my mind that every gamer would be knocked flat by the opening cut scene. The graphics are intense, lines and shapes are smooth and well integrated, and movement smooth and full

Zeus: Master of Olympus

 

Zeus: Master of Olympus

ESRB: Rating Pending - RP
Platform: PC Games
Category: Strategy
 
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Designed by Impressions Games Distributed by Sierra Studios Minimum System Requirements Windows 95/98/ME/2000 Pentium 166 or faster 32 MB RAM Quadspeed (4x) CD-ROM drive 100% Microsoft-compatible Mouse and keyboard 2MB SVGA Video Card (PCI or AGP) w\ Direct X 7.0a 550 MB for installation and swap file Windows compatible mouse Da Introduction: Set during the era when the Greek Gods roamed the earth fighting over mortals and their cities. You desire to be an object of their attention and so you construct your city. You do everything you can to be noticed by the Gods, and before you know it you are all they can talk about and they each want your city to honor them. They begin to fight over the right to be worshipped by your city's occupants. Zeus: Master of Olympus is a cross between a city builder, diplomacy, and a strategy game (like Warcraft). Set in Greece you are in charge of pleasing the people that you attract to your city. Your goal is to become an object of the gods' attention and to be praised by the commoners, building the greatest city in all of Greece. Da Graphics: Zeus is played from an isometric bird's eye perspective. There are hundreds of colors that enhance the landscape and city features. As you build your city people are attracted to live there. Your city begins to bustle with merchants, commoners, shepherds, and even legendary Grecian immortals. All of the structures at your fingertips are designed in authentic Grecian artwork, full of vibrant color and intense detail. Hustle and bustle mark the success of a growing city. The game supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768. There is no doubt in my mind that every gamer would be knocked flat by the opening cut scene. The graphics are intense, lines and shapes are smooth and well integrated, and movement smooth and full—the scenes and imagery are very powerful. I have no complaints with the graphical interface of Zeus: Master of Olympus. Da Sound: As your city population grows, you will have more and more interesting individuals wandering your streets. They have personalities and duties that they are responsible for. These people make up part of the ever-growing musical background. There is so much background dialog that takes place, adding an aspect of realism to your city. Merchants are wandering the streets selling goods and your philosophers and athletes are spreading their messages to your people. Teaching them the importance of education and physical well being respectively. The hustle and bustle is so real that you really feel like your city exists and that you are a part of its foundation. All of the duties that people take part in have their own characteristic sounds; the miners' clanking, the herders' calls, the winery's grape squishing, the armory banging, and the builders' building. This area of the game is very full; it is complete and very impressive. Da Gameplay: Zeus: Master of Olympus takes city building sims to the next level. There is so much that you have control over that you may feel lost at times, and most definitely over worked. As the city's main official and founder you must continue to facilitate growth and prosperity. The best cities cannot be created on a mere whim; they require great wisdom and planning. There is a lot of book time to understand how Zeus works. It is not the kind of game that you can play and succeed at blindly. The manual is written in the form of a novel composed from the Grecian gods' perspective. In it they explain how a successful city is built, so listen carefully and you can use their tips to benefit your own establishment. There are so many options and so many things that keep you on your toes. Upset neighbors, rampaging gods and beasts, military attacks, lack of food and city hygiene, and the general everyday concerns for your own city. You will not be bored quickly, it will suck you in and never let go. The pull is intense to see your city grow, with the challenge of maintaining its upkeep and building an empire that can crush those around it. There are several campaigns that you may take part in. Each campaign has several parts and will require time to finish—towns do not become empires over night you know. Each campaign includes different scenarios of deity struggles, and you are caught right in the middle. Certain gods demand certain city elements and it is in your best interest to appease them, but in paying tribute to one you may be slandering another. Therefore you must be careful in the choices that you make. Your basic city is made up of roads, housing, administrative buildings, product vendors, storehouses, farms, and entertainment avenues. There are several different levels of each. And every building has significance and a meaningful task aimed toward the ultimate goal of complete harmony. With your military that you assemble you can raid other cities, or crush them completely with a full-scale attack. You may also use them to defend your city from your attackers. The size and type of units in your military depend on the stability of your city as well as the presence of middle and upper class families. Commoners are your rabble armed with stones, while the middle and upper class are your hoplites (armored infantry) and cavalry. You will come across fellow city leaders that either dislike you and your efforts or are 100% loyal to you. All of these attitudes are static and can be affected by your actions toward them. Be careful what you do — it does not merely affect you. You can also trade with the many other cities of the known world. You may both import and export to other places. But you must build structures that facilitate such a transaction. You will be everything but bored in this world that you assemble. As you watch your city flourish, time will disappear. You will be left wondering what happened to the hours that a day supposedly boasts. Da Multiplayer Action: No MP action. Da Conclusion: 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. Graphics: 9.5 Sound: 10 Gameplay: 9.5 Tilt: 9 Total: 9.5 Zeus: Master of Olympius was reviewed by Da Gameboyz contributor Christopher Dawes on his; Celeron 400 128MB RAM Windows 95 20 GIG hard drive Diamond Monster 3D sound card Voodoo3 2000 16MB video card w/ Direct x 7.1 16x CD-ROM 100% Microsoft compatible mouse



 
 

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