Video Game Reviews Children of the Nile PC

Children of The Nile is a video game for the PC. It was designed by Myelin Media and Tilted Mill. It was released on November 4th 2004.

What Is Children Of The Nile?

This game is a city building strategy game that takes place in the time of ancient Egypt. You are a Pharaoh and have the task of building up an Empire from the ground up. You start the game with simple palace and must provide food, shopping, temples, healthcare, schooling, and funeral services for your people to thrive. The game features many scenarios and a campaign that gets progressively harder as you play it.

Game Play

Children Of the Nile is fun to play and offers numerous challenges for the strategy gamer. The game begins with a blank map near the Nile and must place a palace to start your empire. You build farms, shops, temples and other building along the way. You also have nobles which allow you to build more farms and increase your food production. Your population comes from villagers who are scattered about on the game map. As you build these villagers, they will join your empire.

Your individual people are visible on the map, and you can see them shopping or gathering food at harvest. They are like miniature Sims and you must provide for their needs which in this case are provided by priests. As you build you can use priests and buildings such as shrines, mortuaries, and hospitals, to help keep your citizens happy. If they are not happy they will riot, and may leave all together back to villagers or even vagrants that can plague your city. Religion is a very important part of the game and your people must pray to the various Egyptian gods. You can build shrines or temples so the people can pray and each section of society needs a different god. So for example, your farmers will need a different god then soldiers will. Your priests can only work one of the specialized buildings at a time so it can be a challenge to keep all your citizens happy.

You can also hire professional people such as more priests, overseers for building monuments, scribes, and commanders to trains soldiers. These professional must be taught and you can use your school and priest for this purpose. Your professionals also have more needs such as luxury items and they need leisure time so they are much harder to keep happy.

Another maps shows all of Egypt and surrounding areas on this map you can send an envoy and interact with various towns and traders. You can’t actually go to these towns so once you have established a relationship with them a ship will arrive and if you have a barge built you can exchange goods. Your money in this game is acquired by making bread, so the more food you have the richer you will be and the more trading you can do. On the map, depending on the scenario you may need to conquer a town with troops to win the game.

Review

This game has both exciting game play and at the same time can be very frustrating. It is fun to build your city, see it grow, and your people interacting with each other. The scenarios are fun and challenging and you can find new ones to play online which keeps the replay factor going. The low points are that it can be very difficult to keep your citizens happy in this game and if you make a few mistakes you can ruin your hard work and while this ads to the strategy, it isn’t very fun at times. You need prestige points to train more professionals and at the beginning you only have one professional a priest, who is running back and forth try to please the citizens and activating the specialized buildings. You will often get riots during this period which may turn off new players. One you do get enough priests they often don’t activate all the buildings in the areas you want and they may run to the other side of the map to activate a building that won’t help you. Your priests can also become unhappy and may also riot and leave which can ruin your city since you need them to keep it functioning.

So instead of having you Pharaoh run your city it is in fact these priests that keep it functioning and without them your city won’t survive. I would like to see more emphasis on the Pharaoh and less on these annoying priests, or the ability to assign them a specific building that you need activated. You can tell them to “tend gods” but the problem is that they don’t tend the gods in an area you want, they run all over the place.

Conclusion

Despite the problems this game is very challenging and if you can get your city just right it is very rewarding. The buildings, city, graphics, pyramids all look great. If you want to play a game that lets you build an Egyptian empire and control little Egyptian Sim style people, this game is for you.