Enjoying a festival in my honor, while I look on, like a benevolent god-king
November 2004, that’s when Children of the Nile was published. I can’t believe it took me so long to find this game. It’s seriously addicting. If you enjoy building cities, and constructing giant monuments to your might (!) this is the game for you. I for one, seriously love city building games and this is one of the most fun I’ve ever played. Roads and decoration are free in this game so you can make your city pretty and well planned without having to devote resources. The interfaces are clear and easy to use, once you get used to them. The tutorials are really in depth and the controls and concepts are easy to pick up.
Additionally I have some tips to make your empire grow vast and powerful:
Enhancing my prestige, growing my crops.
That’s not to say that it’s easy to be a mighty and powerful God-King, there’s always someone whining about not having enough something…usually worship. Egypt had waaaaaaaay too many Gods. Or there’s a malaria outbreak, or bubonic plague. Those issues can be easily handled by using your first graduate to become a priest. This is crucial, actually, because only priests can educate other elite/nobles and make them into other graduates who can become overseers and scribes, and priests…etc. The instinct is to make your first graduate a scribe, so those shifty nobles stop dodging their taxes. Don’t. That way lies madness, and seriously sick, unhappy people. Let the nobles get away with murder for a while and get your people some healthcare and education. Keep in mind that you can build shrines and then switch which god is being worshiped without having to recarve (unlike a temple or cult temple) the statue. That way, you can only build two or three shrines and switch to Osiris or Hathor or whatever your people want for that particular season or need.
Also servants, they’re just as important, all your elite classes will hire them to shop, and luxury goods sellers will use them to gather materials. Servants helped make life smoother in a time before automobiles and quick transport.
Lastily, don’t worry about making sure there are no complaints ever, it’s a tall feat that’s difficult to achieve, just make sure that any one household doesn’t have too many complaints.
It’s a cheap game on steam right now, under ten bucks, and I’m sure at some point it’ll be in a bundle. Give it a shot, it’s a fun game.
Even though Children of the Nile is super old, it still crashes for some people, if you’re having problems with it crashing, set your shadows to off and your fog lower in the options menu. Kinda a pain in the butt, but if you’ve picked it up for a couple bucks, it’s no big deal. If after you’ve done this it’s still crashing for you, leave me a comment and I’ll give you another solution or two.
Never happy, I tell you what, like it’s hard to be a government paid priest
More servants solved this priest’s issues. Servants and priests, they make the world go round (also: fat bottomed girls).