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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48

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  1. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    Very fun game, addictive and rich with all of its possibilities. The graphics, even though outdated, are charming and colorful making the game pleasant to play along with the Greek styled soundtrack. Might not be as complex as all other RTS games on the market, but for a 13 year old game it's simple nature makes it a gem to play
  2. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    Good god, they sure don't make them like they used to. It's been 12 years since i first played this game and i gotta say it has aged well. A must play for city-sim fanatics, casual gamers and everyone in between. Google for widescreen mods.
  3. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    Zeus is by far one of the best city-builder and resource management games of all time. It baffles me that this game really hasn't had a bigger effect on modern games of the same genre. Ironically, though, the "full simulation" aspect of EA/Maxis' new Glassbox Engine does seem to emulate some of the same features. For instance, in Zeus you build a fountain to distribute water to households via water carriers. In SimCity you build a power plant and agents go out from the power plant to bring power to households. That's not to say SimCity is a copy of Zeus; it certainly isn't, but it is funny to point out that the grand "full-simulation" functionality that was supposed to make SimCity so much better than it's predecessors is actually lifted from a game 13 years prior---and I'd say Zeus is actually on roughly the same scale in terms of map size.

    Not to mention, Zeus (and Poseidon, for that matter) has a surprising amount of depth and each city you build may require a different strategy for maintaining a positive income and expanding your city to achieve your objectives which include a variety of cultural, military, mythological and economic goals. If you aren't interested in following orders from the gods, the game even provides a sandbox mode, too. My only complaints about this game are some minor flaws due to its age. First, while there are mods out there to add more screen resolution options, the game itself doesn't include widescreen functionality. Secondly, there is no ability to zoom in or out of the map which takes some getting used to. Of course, if you're interested in city-building games at all and perhaps even tycoon games, I say give this game a try.
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  4. Jul 28, 2012
    10
    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!
  5. Dec 5, 2010
    9
    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.
  6. Apr 30, 2013
    0
    Good god, they sure don't make them like they used to. It's been 12 years since i first played this game and i gotta say it has aged well. A must play for city-sim fanatics, casual gamers and everyone in between. Google for widescreen mods.
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. Its total package is made up of great game play, great graphics, great sound . . . just an overall great experience.
  3. Zeus plays like a best-of-all-worlds combination of some of the greatest strategy games ever.