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  • Summary: Recreate your favorite legends from Greek mythology as you build and rule beautiful city-states. Help Hercules defeat the Hydra, Odysseus win the Trojan War, or Jason retrieve the Golden Fleece. You'll make friends in high places, get involved in the affairs of immortals, and even meet Zeus himself. [Sierra Studios] Collapse
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  1. The city-building series has been popular before, but we think Zeus has the potential to blow this series up big-time.
  2. Its total package is made up of great game play, great graphics, great sound . . . just an overall great experience.
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    In depth campaigns and three open-ended sandbox modes give you all the game you could ever want.
  4. The game dynamics are the best improvement in the game. Structures are being built faster, and require fewer resources.
  5. Zeus plays like a best-of-all-worlds combination of some of the greatest strategy games ever.
  6. 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.
  7. More ambitious than its predecessors, but ultimately less balanced. [Jan 2001, p.148]

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  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! Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    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 The graphics, even though outdated, are charming and colorful making the game pleasant to play along with the Greek styled soundtrack.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 Expand
  3. StevenG.
    Nov 29, 2003
    This game is, by far, one of the best city building games on the market. It's not just building a city, but overcoming great obstacles in your way and dominating the entire Greek world. There are many things that can be learned from playing this game, such as diplomacy and responsibility. Overall a great game and a learning experience. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2013
    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.
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. SteveB.
    Feb 19, 2006
    This is a very good program in ALL areas except for the warfare between city states.

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