Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 12: Game Everyone Should Play

Now this is really difficult. Heroes of Might and Magic, Civilization, Starcraft... there's loads of games I think should be played more. But for the game which I think would be the most beneficial to the world if more people played, it has to be Zeus: Master of Olympus.

This is a city-building game set in Ancient Greece. It is in the same series as Pharoah and Ceasar, but this has to be the best of the lot. The city building itself is a challenge; balancing population, employment, food, industry, economy, culture, and foreign relations is a difficult and complex task. On top of that however, you have Mythology. Gods visit or threaten your city and you can build sanctuaries to them to get them on side (see picture with Sanctuary to Hera). Monsters appear and attack the city, and you must summon the great heroes of Greece to defend against them. Hercules, Hermes, Zeus, Odysseus, and others wander your city streets constantly. It is awesome.

What perhaps makes the game such a great thing is its sense of humour. Every character has something witty to say. The actors in the Drama School complain about the spinning as they dangle from ropes. The cartpullers delivering goods complain about how their master is such a 'Doric.' Hilarious.

Basically, I think everyone should play this game because it has lots of classical mythology in it, it involves a lot of strategic and economic planning which are very useful tools, and its hilarious and a challenge.

Love it.

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