Pharaoh + Cleopatra
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Pharaoh: Widescreen and Windowed Mode
โดย Sunderbraze
So it's the current year, we generally like to run our games without being forced into a low resolution fullscreen mode, right? Thankfully we still can, with a little bit of work.
Widescreen Fix

The Widescreen Gaming Forum has entries for both Pharaoh and Cleopatra, you're going to want the Cleopatra version since this game came from a glorious era where some expansions were actually 100% backwards compatible. Head on over to the link below, scroll down, download "cleopatra.7z" and inside that file, select a version of Pharaoh.exe that corresponds with your desired resolution, then backup/replace the Pharaoh.exe in your Steam installation folder:

If for some reason the patch doesn't work and you forgot to backup Pharaoh.exe, just delete the Pharaoh.exe and verify the game cache, it'll restore it to its original state.

Of course this is a workaround to widescreen support, not an official patch. A few of the in-game menus and overlays will look odd, particularly your overseer screens, as they're still 1024x768 and haven't been scaled for anything higher. It'd be nice for Activision to consider a little fix or two. I mean, they didn't seem to mind shoving a link to their website onto the main menu, so how hard could a little dynamic upscaling be? lol, not gonna hold my breath for that one.
Windowed Mode

While the widescreen fix does look really good, it has a few issues, and I've personally found the game is quite acceptable when kept at 1024x768 in windowed mode. None of the in-game assets have scaling issues at that resolution and you can stretch/resize the window as you see fit. Problem is, for just about everyone, attempting to change the game to Windowed mode will fail. The reason for this, oddly enough, is that the game simply can't handle being a desktop window in a 32-bit color space. You could simply go into your monitor settings (Screen Resolution->Advanced Settings->Monitor if you're on Windows 7) prior to launching the game and set manually set it to 16-bit, however, switching back and forth can become tedious if you play often. A hero by the name of Exvel over on GOG forums made a little Launcher program that will automatically set your color mode to 16-bit while Pharaoh is running. Get it from the sixth post in the thread below:

To run his launcher you'll need .NET Framework 4 if you don't already have it:

The only downside to using the launcher is you'll have to make a shortcut to it instead of the game itself, thus Steam won't recognize the game is running. Hardly a big loss; it seems impossible to get the Steam in-game overlay working as of yet, so you're only really missing out on getting your hours played recorded. Oh well. Enjoy this classic title with a touch of modernization folks!
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camillemooney1228 5 ก.ค. @ 7:18pm 
Help, help, help...trying to play Pharoah on new Chromebook. Thought I'd have to use CrossOver but it seems endlessly complicated. Then youtube told me I could run Steam using Chrome OS. Well, partly true: I am writing this comment on said Chromebook, but I cannot get the game to launch. Please, anything will help, even learning that I will NOT be able to play. But if there is a way, I would certainly like to know what it is. Thanks for your consideration, I'll be looking for an answer.
Andehh 16 ก.ย. 2018 @ 5:23am 
Anyone else having issues still? I am having huge issues, desbite several attempts with the various ''fixes'. Replacing the .exe with a 'fixed' one, running in compatibility mode etc etc - nothing seems to work. :(
Kialra 27 ส.ค. 2018 @ 10:35pm 
There is a consistent windowed fix for windows 10, no files required. Boots up windowed every time for me now, no dodgy black/static screen. I managed this through a bit of trial and error, so the order may vary.

- find pharoah.exe in the steamapps folder
- right click, properties
- on the compatibility tab, check run in compatibility mode for windows 7
- also check reduced colour (16 bit), check run as administrator

These may not work on their own, I also found it necessary to start a mission, change it to windowed mode (on the lowest resolution) and save the mission before exiting. A bit of the screen is still frozen here so you'll have to click around on it to hit the "ok" button. On reboot, the window looks and works fine. It's stayed fine since.
Ellaire 7 ก.ค. 2018 @ 4:14am 
window mode fix in case you are using windows 10

I did the following

1. installed the game
2. rightclick pharao.exe compatibility mode, force colors to 16 bit.
3. start the game, start a game, like the campaign, go to resolution, pick window mode, it will look broken with half the screen black, I could just make out the Leave Game prompt, and click it blindly to leave the game and shut it down.
4. took a decent 16:9 resolution fixed exe from the wsg link in this guide ( 1600*900 is alright ) and replaced the exe
5. start the game. it works fine for me
spresserguy 27 พ.ค. 2018 @ 7:54pm 

Been close to a year and I'm not sure if you're still having issues. But if you right click your pharaoh.exe icon and select "troubleshoot compatibility" it will bring up the next screen.

Select Troubleshoot Program. Then "The program opens but doesnt display properly." Then "The program doesn't display properly when large scale font settings are selected."

It will select "run on high DPI scaling etc" something like that. Test the program. Make sure it's good. Then quit. Then select to save those settings.

Evelmunky 25 เม.ย. 2018 @ 6:17pm 
My game won't even open anymore, i've tried to reinstall it but no go, just doesn't work... anyone have any advice?
Me_Gl0 29 มี.ค. 2018 @ 6:28am 
I managed to make the game work without freezing anymore with the following setting under compatibility: compatibility mode for Windows 95, reduced color mode (16 bit color), override high DPI scaling behavior (scaling performed by application) and run as administrator.
Acorndaze 28 มี.ค. 2018 @ 8:34pm 
Sadly the windowed mode from gog link is dead D:
Me_Gl0 16 มี.ค. 2018 @ 8:43am 
:steamsad:I am being able to get the 1920x1080 resolution, but the game always freezes after one or two minutes. I alsi tried compatibility mode with diffrent active options, but it didn't help.
netus 30 ม.ค. 2018 @ 2:58am 
windows 10을 사용하시는 분들에게 남깁니다.
재실행 하실때마다 windowed mode 를 다시 실행하셔야되는 상황이 발생합니다.
이를 해결하기 위해 아래의 방법을 사용하시길 바랍니다.

1. 위의 해상도 모드를 다운 받은 후 원하는 해상도 실행프로그램을 게임 폴더에 옮겨 놓습니다.
2. 게임 실행 하여 설정에서 windowed mode로 설정
3. 게임 종료
4. 실행 파일을 우클릭한 다음 "속성" > 호환성 탭 > 축소된 컬러 모드 > 16비트 색 설정
5. 게임 실행

이렇게 하면 윈도우 모드로 사용 하실때 불편함이 없으실 겁니다.