Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile (PC, 2004)
About this product
- Product InformationThe spiritual successor to classics like Caesar and Pharaoh, Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is a city-building strategy game that casts players as Pharaoh and challenges them to construct a mighty empire in ancient Egypt. Players begin thousands of years ago, when the Valley of the Nile was populated by simple gatherers and fishermen. With guidance and direction, these primitive people can be lead to amazing accomplishments, and ultimately, to create Earth's first great civilization.
Unlike the entertaining but fairly robotic citizens of the fondly remembered xImpressions Games, Immortal Cities' "Children of the Nile" are designed to behave as individuals, with their own unique wants, needs, and relationships to one another. They organize themselves by household, and the player is given multifaceted access to information about each family's particular deficits and desires. While Children of the Nile is more heavily dependant on the individual personalities of the populace than most earlier city-building games, the primary means of providing for the needs of the people is still through the buildings, services, and institutions that the player creates and manages.
Players first must provide the indigenous people with the basic means to settle down and farm the valley. Once they've tamed the lands, some farmers may decide to become craftspeople, if the right facilities and resources are available. Each new class of citizen develops on the foundations of the ones before it. Craftsmen lead to more educated citizens, and eventually the city may support an elite caste of nobles -- if it can supply the expensive and exotic luxury items on which such an upper class thrives. To gain "prestige," which functions as leadership capital in this game, players must attend to the people's ever-more-sophisticated desires that evolve along with the society itself.
Children of the Nile incorporates an interesting twist on the city-building gamer's conventional role as an abstract, immortal leader. In a sense, Immortal Cities players take the role of an entire dynasty. As each Pharaoh grows old and passes on, another may take his place, but the ease of these transitions is based on the dynasty's level of prestige. A great and distinguished leader should have little trouble passing power on to the heir of his choice, but the people may seek new leadership from other factions when a poorly perceived Pharaoh vacates his throne.
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is built on a version of Stainless Steel Studios' Empire Earth game engine, and features full 3D graphics. The game ships with editing tools, to allow players to create their own scenarios, or even complete campaigns. Tilted Mill development studio was founded by former members of the Impressions team.
- PublisherMyelin Media
- GameImmortal Cities: Children of the Nile
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- ESRB DescriptorMild Violence
- Control ElementsKeyboard,Mouse
- Release Year2004
- Game Special Features
- Lead your people and build a dynasty that will span 2,000 years
- Lead your people and build a dynasty that will span 2,000 years
Most relevant reviews
- efaucher2012Feb 07, 2013by
Fun Initially, But Downhill From There
It's okay. Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile claims to be the first rotatable 3D RTS simulation game in history, so I respect that. The game was promoted as something unique to others in that it doesn't focus so much on violent depictions of warfare but instead, the daily activities of individuals (farming, mining, construction, etc.)
My first turn-off while playing, was realizing how easily your citizens can turn against your leadership based on factors that you can't control like the weather. For example, if you have a poor Harvest because the Nile River fails to flood like expected, the farmers will become upset and might quit their jobs. You cannot force them to work and jobs seem to be decided at random (like a Lottery). In this scenario, you lack adequate farmers, which in turn negatively affects other classes of people in your civilization. Likewise, if you lack the necessary amount of Landlords, you cannot collect taxes from your farmers. Even after multiple seasons with excellent weather, your Economy could still be a wreck!
In short, the Economy is intertwined so closely that either everyone is experiencing prosperity and happiness, or alternatively everyone is destitute and angry. I like games that put the chance of success in the Player's hands, and not due to random events like the Weather Cycle.
However, despite all this, the game is not terrible and might be suitable for a younger audience.Read full review
- weazerdoggFeb 27, 2009by
This game is really cool, its not the same as Pharoah/Cleo, it has a different feel to it. At first I was a little disappointed, but the more I've played it the more I appreciated the differences and the fact that it IS a different game, not just a sequel. If you like Sierra's city building games, once you get used to the differences you'll like this game to. The 3-D effects are worth giving it a try.
- cgrant813Apr 20, 2008by
Immortal Cities is great simulation fun!
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is one nice simulated city building game! In the game you are Pharaoh and job is to build and prosper your small Egyptian village into the vast and expansive empire! You will rule your seemingly real people as you explore new regions, create trade, and conquer your enemies. Tilted Mill Entertainment has created a superior blend of graphics and real life behavior.
- okieok90Sep 08, 2006by
Children of the Nile game
I bought this game because i have the game Pharaoh and love it. The chance to buy a more dimensional game by the same people I could not pass. This is a city building game, you have the ability to get right down there and see such detail of houses, people, it is great, seeing buildings being built is neat. With this game the decisions you make affect people and their ability to make a livelihood, or even if they want to stay in your city. My mistake was doing to many buildings, because this is in sense a real time game, it takes time for things to get done, be careful you could loose your throne. I really enjoy this game.
- marhar1954Oct 01, 2008by
Children of the Nile
This is the newest version of the game. Both my husband and myself play the game and offers hours of city building. The graphics are beautiful. My original game has been used so much that when we decided to replace I was thrilled to get the newest version.