“ Satisfy Cleopatras demands in this exclusive expansion pack. Fend off Roman invaders and other new enemies. Create new cities using new buildings industies animals. 14 new scenarios in which to test your skills. The full version of Pharaoh is required to run this product. „
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I purchased the original Pharaoh and was very pleased with it so when this expansion pack was released the decision whether or not to purchase it was a no brainer.
Cleopatra unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. The soundtrack seems pretty much identical to that of Pharaoh, the gameplay is also almost identical. There are new workers in the game and new monuments but there's certainly nothing new which adds to the gameplay or even could have taken some thought from the developers.
If you don't mind playing more of the same then you'll enjoy it but if you're looking for more than what you were given in Pharaoh you won't find it here. It's a missed opportunity by the developers in my opinion. The only major difference is that Cleopatra is more difficult than Pharaoh thus it takes a lot longer to complete. I'd stick with Pharaoh if I was you, the expansion pack just isn't worth it.
As highlighted in the name of the game, it is the official expansion pack to Pharaoh, which is the continuation of the games like Caesar (set in Ancient Rome), and Olympus (set in Ancient Greece), as you may imagine Pharaoh is set in Ancient Egypt. Having played the original game of 'Pharaoh' and built nothing much monument wise other than pyramids, the expansion pack build on this and adds tombs to the monument list. The game play is obviously very similar it being an expansion pack and not a totally new game, but I would say if you liked the first game then you will like the expansion pack. You have different enemies to fight including the Assyrians, Persian, Romans, and Macedonians. This similarity between this and the original game makes the aims similar to the original game, i.e. each scenario either involves a 'defend your city' outcome, or a 'build this' outcome. But due to the extra buildings and industries added they are different enough not just be a plain repeat! The games new industries to the list, such as a paint maker and associated goods, these are needed as the tombs need to be decorated and filled with worldly goods (luxury goods, wood etc) to create beautiful chambers for the dead pharaohs to 'move in to' when they die! The tombs seem to 'appear' a bit more than when you build the pyramids in Pharaoh, at least they looked as if you were building them as opposed to placing them. However the overall graphics of a finished tomb is very good. The game also includes a mission editor to create your own missions and scenarios with access to all the previous possible outcomes, so if you have lots of imagination then the number of fun and long missions you can create is endless. This is a very good addition, as although I find fiddling and creating missions difficult, as I am not very imaginative the feature is a good one that works very well. This feature although very good is available f
rom the Pharaoh website as an update so would not be worth buying the expansion pack just for if you don?t want the extra missions. There is speed adjustment within the game, this proves very useful if you set up your city to run itself and just want to finish the monument or accelerate yourself to the next battle just to finish the scenario and move on to the next. Obviously you need to own a copy of pharaoh to be able to run this game, however the computer speed needed to run it is minimal by today?s standards so is a great game for older computers, this is also helped by the fact you can change screen resolution in the game so for bigger screens or slower computers you can have the game running at the same speed. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed pharaoh and anyone who has played either Olympus or Caesar and not pharaoh to look out for a joint pack of both pharaoh and Cleopatra for the best value. I would say that the game play of these three are very similar just with different buildings, but building the pyramids of pharaoh and the tombs of Cleopatra make them different, you need a lot of time and patience to get the large pyramids and tombs built.