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Pharaoh (1999) (and expansion pack Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile) took the Caesar real-time strategy games to Ancient Egypt. It's a strategy game where you make decisions about a particular city and scenario. The combination of planning and real historical setting makes it stand out from similar games.

You play as a low-ranked citizen and work your way up to become the Pharaoh. This rise to power starts in the Predynastic Period and ends in the New Kingdom. Along the way it charts many of the achievements of Egypt, including the construction of capital cities (like Men-Nefer), monuments (Stepped Pyramid of Saqqara). You also take on other ancient empires and battle the Civil War of the Middle Kingdom.

Play involves making strategic decisions about resources and land. You take on a range of challenges, both peaceful and militaristic. Although you can't always take on non-violent missions, you can usually choose between heavy military and minimal military action. Still, even the non-military missions may require you to dispatch troops to the aid of cities in the empire.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pharaoh 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with World Building elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 35 hours and 70 hours to complete. Depending on how quick you are at completing objectives, and the missions you choose, the length varies greatly.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

Our Game Pathways reveal how 9-year-olds play this game:


Pharaoh usually costs £6.99.

Pharaoh + Cleopatra

Steam Store PC £6.99

Pharaoh Rebirth+

Steam Store PC £6.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2016

Out Now: PC

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid, Open World and Pixels

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