Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Twisted Mill games has come up with a City Building Sim that follows in the rich traditions of its predecessors, adds new depth and complexity, a superior graphical presentation, and a more realistic AI model.
  2. If you’re into all things Egypt then this one if for you, even if your not there’s still a few hours of your life to be lost to (in our opinion) one of the better city building games currently available.
  3. A nice game but not a great one. It’s slow-paced and thoughtful, it looks nice and it’s polished, and while it has some problems here and there, none of them are major. It’s just that nothing about the game made me say "wow!"
  4. A great ancient city build strategy game. Despite some design flaws, it's a winner!
  5. PC Gamer
    Carefully balanced and well-rounded, Children of the Nile will be great fun for armchair history fans or anyone who digs smart RTS simulations. [Jan 2005, p.78]
  6. Game Informer
    An incredibly enjoyable and complex city-builder. [Jan 2005, p.143]
  7. 80
    Fun to play, engrossing and challenging. You can't beat that in a game.
  8. 80
    If you come to Children of the Nile with a spirit of investigation and if you're willing to learn the nuances of this complex model of ancient life, you'll be richly rewarded with one of the most serene and gratifying city builders since the genre began.
  9. Computer Games Magazine
    Once you break yourself of the mindset that trade is about money and that taxes are for a treasury, you find this new way of playing much more satisfying. [Feb 2005, p.68]
  10. 80
    Children of the Nile isn’t an excellent game merely because it’s innovative. It’s an excellent game because those innovations make for a more compelling, and generally less frustrating experience for the player.
  11. Moving at a more restful pace than your average game, some may find Children of the Nile a little slow and unchallenging. But when you've put in the work, seeing your population grow and prosper is certainly rewarding, engrossing and even a little educational. [PC Gamer UK]
  12. The construction sites are nicely animated, and newly ordered buildings pop up quickly.
  13. 79
    The core idea of the family was a great move forward in this genre, especially for a game like this that deals with ancient Egypt and smaller communities unlike those found in games like SimCity.
  14. Most fans of city-building simulations will be well-pleased. The interface could use some improvements, and for my part, I would like to see more focus on planning well-laid out cities, but this game is enjoyable to play and will please most.
  15. If you're in the mood for some easy-to-learn but hard-to-master city-building gameplay, Children Of The Nile is as good a game as you're likely to find. Hardly as unique as is claimed, but good all the same.
  16. Sometimes it’s too complex and sometimes it leaves you feeling hopelessly powerless over certain situations, but these facts are more of an inconvenience and don’t significantly affect your chances of success.
  17. Has a lot of personality and some interesting city-building gameplay, but is weighed down by a few problems not found in some of the previous games of this type.
  18. Despite these odd moments, the game is playable and lots of fun, especially if tinkering with Sphinxes and ancient temples sounds exciting to you.
  19. PC Format
    The challenge of maintaining your reputation in the face of a weak Nile, defending the city from attack and completing the scenarios is gratifying, but there's not really enough here to justify long-term play. [March 2005, p.99]
  20. Despite some minor flaws and an occasional frustrating bug (that will hopefully be resolved in a patch), Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile keeps many of the classic elements of city-building strategy that made its predecessors so much fun to play, and innovates in ways which make the game much more interesting and involving.
  21. 73
    I still enjoyed playing Immortal Cities a good deal, yet I was content to help the Pharaohs out for a far shorter period of time than I would have given them in the past.
  22. Micromanagers and fans of "Pharaoh" have cause for celebration with the arrival of Children of the Nile, and should be thanking the god of their choice for the abundance that has been provided.
  23. If you're the sort who, when presented with a river, like to crouch and examine the eddies, this may be for you. If you just want to know what's downstream... well, less so.
  24. The city-building genre has been crying out for a boost, which is what Children Of The Nile delivers. Unlike many games of this ilk, it caters for both micro- and macro-management, allowing for as series of small challenges to take place within a much bigger story arc. [March 2005, p.120]
  25. The basic problem is they were too ambitious with this game and put too much into it. If they had trimmed it down and focused and made a few things really well they would have had a better game.
  26. Computer Gaming World
    Everything from basic commerce to trade has been significantly revamped. [Jan 2005, p.105]
  27. 60
    When taken as a whole, Children of the Nile is a disappointment. It's not that it's a bad game. In fact, buried under the rubble of the game's interface is the germ of a classic.
  28. 60
    If you're a patient gamer who can ignore the tedious aspects, you'll find COTN a good city building game with several original ideas. For the rest of us, the good background music and pleasing graphics make it feel like a very good interactive screensaver.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. UnzarJ.
    Feb 21, 2005
    I was looking forward to this game but found it to be more work than pleasure.
  2. MaccM.
    Nov 18, 2004
    !Top Game! This game is a great city builder game and is the best of its kind out. It talks about the facinating life of anciant egypt. It !Top Game! This game is a great city builder game and is the best of its kind out. It talks about the facinating life of anciant egypt. It has tought me a lot about their glorious civilisation. Better still you can create your very own civilisation with this game. I found myself living in anciant egypt when playing this game. If you liked the game Pahroah, then you'll like this one. (Pahroah is a great game and so is this one) Cant reccomend it enough if you like city builders or like the history of aciant egypt. (I like both) Be warned it is challEnging :) Full Review »
  3. TomV.
    Nov 15, 2004
    This game has really moved CB's ahead. cool graphics, very cool gameplay.