Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 91
    In depth campaigns and three open-ended sandbox modes give you all the game you could ever want.
  2. Zeus plays like a best-of-all-worlds combination of some of the greatest strategy games ever.
  3. Its total package is made up of great game play, great graphics, great sound . . . just an overall great experience.
  4. If you are looking for a festive thinker to play in between consuming copious amounts of booze, this will be ideal, although I wouldn't recommend playing it with a hangover. A thoroughly addictive, engrossing game that ranks among my top five for this year.
  5. 80
    It delivers more great city building action with enough twists on the genre to keep fans playing for hours on end.
  6. Despite my inability to pin down what really makes this title so special, it is easy to say that it is exactly this reason that I feel that it has actually one-upped the respected Pharaoh.
  7. Certainly engrossing, but it's just not quite fun enough.
  8. Quite easy to learn, but incredibly difficult to master. Perhaps it's just me who needs to do a little adjusting, but I think newcomers to the city-building games are going to be in for a rough time.
  9. More ambitious than its predecessors, but ultimately less balanced. [Jan 2001, p.148]
  10. If you loved "Caesar" and "Pharaoh," you'll probably really like Zeus. You'll probably enjoy the game also if you enjoy the challenge of building a city and an economy to run it, provided you have the patience to wait for your efforts to bear fruit.
  11. It’s to the developer’s credit that this does not feel at all like "Pharaoh" with a Greek touch, but has its own feel and style to it.
  12. Its faster pace, simpler city design, and mythological elements open the game to more casual players, but it retains enough depth to entertain long-time fans and adds the broader world-view they have requested for years. In other words, it's fun!
  13. 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.
  14. If you're new to the series or a Greek aficionado then this is an excellent place to start, but if you stopped playing one of the earlier games after a few levels there's nothing that'll inspire you to play any more of this one.
  15. The game dynamics are the best improvement in the game. Structures are being built faster, and require fewer resources.
  16. The real fun begins when monsters begin to show up and you must fulfill the requirements for recruiting a Hero that will bash its head in before too many people get gobbled up by the wandering nasty.
  17. Apart from striking the perfect balance between historical fact and romanticized fiction, they've managed to capture the essence of what makes the city building series fun and turn it into a game that feels almost wholly different from "Caesar III "and "Pharaoh."
  18. Though city-building strategy is a niche genre that has never been my favorite, it's fair to say that ZMO is the most fun I've had in quite a while.
  19. The city-building series has been popular before, but we think Zeus has the potential to blow this series up big-time.
  20. Shorter scenarios, smarter AI, and extensive military features make the game much more fun and intriguing, and the mythology aspects add a whole new dynamic.
  21. The game is extremely well designed, has lots of innovation, has replayability galore, and is loads of fun to play.
  22. A well oiled machine (not unlike Kirk Douglas in "Spartacus") that needs no fine tuning. While the pacing is a bit slow (even with the game going at top speed), the gameplay is nevertheless addicting.
  23. I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised with how well polished a game this is.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    Can't tell how many hours I've spent playing it since it's release, would probably go for thousands, anyway, this is one of my personal favorites of all time! Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2010
    I don't even know what to say; this is one the the greatest games ever made. Years of city building developing experience went into this, and it shows. Truly an opus from an era that should have never ended. Don't forget to grab the expansion if you can find it, hopefully GoG will pick this up soon enough. Full Review »
  3. SteveB.
    Feb 19, 2006
    This is a very good program in ALL areas except for the warfare between city states.