Posted: April 30
Children of the Nile is an old game, and I played it as a kid on CD for god knows how long. Egypt is a facinating place to build a city, full of wealth, religion, and monuments only a mad man would attempt to build.
You are a dynasty of pharohs who's job is to build a city and thrive. Start with a pack of farmers and shop keeper, then bring in nobles, educate their children, who then become priests, merchants, and commanders in your armies. The game requires a balance between the wealthy classes who provide you with more farmers and unique resources and the poor who feed everyone else and make the basic goods. Not only that but on some maps raiders and traders appear who will either provide exotic goods or take everything you got. It's a beautifully complex game that makes for a challange.
That being said I do have complaints. You can rarely have cities going for 70+ years withour the people becoming massively unhappy and harder to please. This is because not only the fact that as time goes on you are expected to provide even larger temples and exotics to the people the base resources you do have dindle with little respawn. Not only that but it appears they try further to discourage long games by increasing bad events, like long droughts and floods, and provide less good harvests to make it stressful to even feed the people. While campaigns, having set goals, this problem does not concern you, in sandbox mode it is annoying to have to give up a game because no matter how hard you try the people will get angry. Also the game limits how big you can get, limiting the vital educated elite to only 30 or so men, severely limiting you're abilities to expand across the map. This game is designed for 50-70 year games with populatons that will never exceed 1000 people (still a crap ton in this game).
While it may seem like I have more complaints than I have compliments don't be scared of this game. For what little time it wants you to play it is more than enough time to get massive temples and pyrimids up and trade from all corners of Egypt to flock to your markets. It is a simple strategy game that will provide at least 30 to 40 hours of content and even more if you customize your own maps and play on them.
TL;DR Buy the game if you like city builders and Egyptians.