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  • Summary: You are transported back in time to when emperors reigned and China was the greatest and most resplendent power on earth. Epic in scope, Emperor spans seven dynasties and more than 3,000 years of Chinese history: from China's pre-imperial Xia dynasty circa 2100 BCE to the Mongol invasion of the Middle Kingdom under Genghis Khan in 1211 CE. As Emperor, you will build housing to attract immigrants to your new city. Then the city's workers and farmers, administrators and soldiers will be yours to command, and you will have the work force you need to build a provincial city into a great metropolis. At your bidding, legions of workers will toil to erect walls strong enough to keep the barbarians at bay. Under your banner, armies will march forth to do battle with the enemy. Trade and commerce will flourish and an army of tax collectors will collect the taxes that are due. Schools and clinics, palaces and gardens will embellish the city you have built and proclaim your benevolence to the world. [Sierra] Expand
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  1. A gorgeous, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable civilization game.
  2. Another great city-builder from a developer that has come to define a niche genre all its own. [Sept 2002, p.93]
  3. 88
    Sure they added some new things like Ancestors (pretty much like gods), the Chinese zodiac signs, new ways of dealing with farming, and multiplayer options for the first time as well as the obligatory improvements to interface. But there isn't really anything here that we haven't already gone through in ancient Rome, Egypt, or Greece.
  4. Impressions did a good job of refining the gameplay with this installment.
  5. Offers more of the same good stuff, but no real creative innovation. [Nov 2002, p.128]
  6. Offers up the delight of "RollerCoaster Tycoon" with a historical bent and a sharp, colorful Asian edge. [Nov 2002, p.126]
  7. Even the addition of online multiplayer gaming doesn't do enough to overcome a sense of sameness, continuing problems with the combat system, and the absence of involving mission goals.

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  1. T.homasB.
    Dec 26, 2007
    One of the, if not the, best city builder games i have ever tried. beautiful, has a good feel and can make you addicted. this must a must to every city builder. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    Definitely one of the best city-builders of all time and a must-have for every fan of the genre. It's a shame that these days we don't have such games made anymore. Expand
  3. ZD
    Jan 2, 2003
    I had nice while playing.
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    Still one of the best and most complex city building game. I like the game alot though its age.

    + beautiful 2D-Buildings and
    + nice sounds and music
    + china-setting with background-information
    + very complex logistics, economy, manufacturing
    + trading with other citys & diplomacy
    + nice animated details in buildings and people
    + city is very lively

    - ugly landscape
  5. May 5, 2012
    I think it's the best city builder published by Sierra Entertainment Inc. It's very similar to Pharaoh and Caesar games (produced by Impressions Games). Unfortunately there is no tutorial, but unlike Pharaoh and Caesar citizens are able to work at every place (their houses don't need to be built so close to it) and you can also build a special wall around houses which allows them to grow (it prevents the bad influence of work places). Expand
  6. KoRW.
    Jul 23, 2005
    Jep, a good fun game but gets boring after a week or two.
  7. CaseyG.
    Jan 10, 2003
    It's kinda hard at first but it gets better.