Children of the Nile™ is a unique gem of a city-building game, unparalleled in both grandeur and attention to detail.As Pharaoh you will guide your people through thousands of years of history: from simple hunter-gatherers to the creation of an immortal civilization.
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Release Date: Jul 2, 2008

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Children of the Nile™ is a unique gem of a city-building game, unparalleled in both grandeur and attention to detail.

As Pharaoh you will guide your people through thousands of years of history: from simple hunter-gatherers to the creation of an immortal civilization. Guide your people well and you will build breathtaking pyramids, explore the ancient world and wage war against your enemies.

Every inhabitant of your city is a fully developed, living person – part of an individual family and household with wants and needs. From priests to entertainers, scribes to laborers, even the royal family… everyone will need to eat and that’s just the beginning. Every block of stone that is hauled to your pyramid will be pulled by people who pray to the gods in temples of your choosing. Under your supervision, local economies will thrive as goods from reed baskets to gold jewelry will be created, purchased and enjoyed by the inhabitants of your city.

To achieve immortality a Pharaoh must look outside his city’s borders and make an impact on the world. Explore and open trade with foreign neighbors and you will have reason to build commemorative wonders that will tell the tale of your dynasty for all time. As your prestige rises so too will your ability to draw more people to your ambitious endeavors and build cities that are truly epic.

How will your dynasty be remembered?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™
    • Processor: Pentium® III or Athlon® 800 MHz processor or higher
    • Memory: 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended for Windows® XP, 1 GB recommended for Windows® Vista)
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX® 9-compliant 32 MB video card and drivers
    • Sound: 100% DirectX® 9-compliant true 16 bit sound card and drivers
    • DirectX®: 9.0b
    • Hard Drive: 1.1 GB uncompressed free hard drive space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A very refreshing city building game. Slow pace, your gameplay is dependant on the current season. You will learn to love the harvest season! There is no money in Children of the Nile, food is the common currency. You want new government services, labourers for your monuments or an army? Well, nourish them, and hope that the Nile flood will be generous so that noone has to to starve. User Interface is well designed, you will always easily see if your city is running well or if problems are arising.

There are no major gameplay issues. The military part of the game is not that bright, as is often the case with this kind of games.

It is not all too difficult to maintain a well managed city if you are used to the genre, but beware of the tremendous building times for even modest pyramids. Maintaining trade with other cities is also a must (you will rarely have all useful resources available on your city map), and can be quite costly.

Graphics are old but won't hurt your eyes, the Egypt setting is well rendered. Gazing at the Nile and the papyrus rushes while your people are working to gather resources is a pleasure.
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101 of 103 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Children of the Nile is the more modern version of the old citybuilders like Pharaoh And Zeus, allowing you to build a city in ancient Egypt. Some of the more modern things are, aside from the obvious graphics being different, that you no longer need to worry about intersections sending your supply and maintenance people entirely the wrong direction. You can now actually focus on building a city, rather than having to puzzle out the most efficient way to place buildings without them collapsing, catching fire, and starving because the food vendor doesn't show up there.

Citizens in your city are in a class society. From top to bottom, they are the pharaoh. That is you, and your family. You have a palace, and your family goes out to collect any sort of material, be it luxury goods or a humble pot to store things in. You are the state. All food belonging to the city also belongs to you, but you will always have a nice supply of food stored away in your palace. Pharaoh gets first pick, and a percentage of all food farmed in taxes.
Just below you are the nobles, who live in large houses and get their income from the farmers under them, and in order to support a large farming population, you will need nobles to guide them.
Under the nobles are the educated elite. Priests, scribes, overseers, and commanders of the military. They have similar demands as nobles in terms of luxuries, but they are paid by the government for their services. Only the sons of nobles and luxury shopkeepers qualify for education. These are the doctors, the administration, and the tax collectors. Because nobles will try to dodge paying taxes, a scribe can catalogue how many fields have been sown so that you know exactly how much belongs to Pharaoh.

Under them still, the middle class. Entertainers and shopkeepers. These earn their bread through their services and the goods they sell. Simple, but neccesary for society to function.
Below them, the peasantry. Farmers and servants. The farmers work the land and earn enough food to last until next harvest in doing so, and the servants do the shopping for nobles and collect resources for luxury shopkeepers - So they don't have to mingle with the common folk.
Separate from them all are government workers. They fit somewhere between the middle class and peasantry, and are paid generously by Pharaoh's bread. They are the brickmakers, the construction workers for bigger buildings(Small buildings like a servant's shack are made by the servants themselves), and anything else government wants from a papyrus maker up to the military.

If at any time your system fails and the people are without food, they will leave their jobs to scavenge for it. Dates, pomegranades, fish and so on are plentiful, so you need not fear you'll ruin your city and have a ghost town.

The game starts slow every map, as you have 10 bricks(Enough for one baker, brickmakers huts don't need bricks), and only one educated person in your city at the start. So you will want to build a school and several brickmakers more to ensure you can keep growing. Before you know it, you've spend several hours building. There is no immigration either, from what I can find. You start the map with 200-300 citizens living in huts, scavenging off the land. After that, children will be your main population growth. This becomes an issue when you want a big military, as military men don't get married - They live in their barracks-tent with two other men.

Some things that are bad, there are a lot of shrines out there that will take a bit to figure out which goes where and which are popular - If you even have room for them. Sometimes your citizens or a merchant may get stuck on a corner, and sometimes you may find your labourers can't figure out which limestone block they want to pull, and manage to fail to move any of them.

In the end, it's still a pretty and somewhat relaxing game where you can spend hours getting your city just right, and then decide to change it up again because you have a new idea. Cosmetic things like gardens, plazas and trees are free to place too, so you can make it look good without having to worry about your workers spending ages watering the plants and not farming.

Worth grabbing it if you like citybuilding, it's good at what it does
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78 of 83 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
An absolute gem. I pride myself in digging up golden PC titles that receive little fanfare, and this game is surely one of those. As an ancient Egyptian simulation, this game is a unique city-simulation concept with excellent execution and historical accuracy. The mechanics are distinct, with the three "Seasons" revolving entirely upon the flooding of the Nile. The only currency is the only one that truly mattered in the ancient world; food.

Like Ancient Egypt, religion plays a key role in the game, with a rich and diverse pantheon of true-to-life Egyptian Gods and Goddesses to be honoured by Temples and Shrines. Every person in your settlement is represented in the game and has unique needs, most notably religious needs. Soldiers, shop-keepers, peasants and elites all demand an opportunity to pray to the Gods and Goddesses which best represent their needs, while everyone will want to worship Amun, Osiris and Hathor; the Universal deities whose festivals were paramount to most Egyptian cultures.

Of course, you will be building an awful lot of pyramids, obelisks and steles to immortalize yourself, mighty Pharaoh, and cement the legacy of your lineage. Throw in a flavourful soundtrack and a diverse array of scenarios and missions and you have the best $2 I have ever spent on steam. I must buy for any city-building lover, Egyptophile or classic game collector.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Sadly this is the last great city builder, as far as I know.
And not great just as a great city but also a great game!

Runs well on Windows 7.
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
170.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
CotN is a beautiful city-building game with a slight twist -- instead of "walkers" who go out and follow roads around town to distrubute their wares, most of your people take time out to run to the market when they need things (you can follow the individuals out, going through their day, and it's kind of entertaining in itself). The game itself is pretty laid back and peaceful feeling, and the music is quite nice, too. My one complaint would be that sometimes, when you select a person roaming around town, they say something utterly anachronistic and stupid, and I find that detracts from the overall mood of the game. Turn that off, and you're golden.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
791.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
This is an old game and I played it when it first came out. You play in ancient Egypt as a Pharaoh leading his/her people to economic and military supremacy. If you can keep your people well feed, healthy and happy you will be successful. There are some glitches in the game I have had a few problems but nothing serious just annoying. There have been a couple of additions such as the brickyard which are helpful and some new decorations since I first played it.

If you enjoy city building you might want to try this one. You can also do some retexturing of buildings, plazas, costumes. I enjoy doing that and perking up the city a little bit. The game can be played at various speeds to suit your preferences.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
First off, Children of the Nile isn't really a bad game - but it's tough for me not to compare it with other historical city builders, even those a decade older - in particular Pharaoh, Zeus and Caesar III / IV. Graphically, CotN is quite solid - it looks pretty, plenty of resolution choices for an older title. Gameplay-wise, roads, plazas and all decorative items are free, so you can grid and beautify your city from the get-go. Even on the small maps, you have plenty of room to build. Unlike the other city builders, there is no strict road attachment requirement either, and the open-world pathfinding works well.

Where CotN suffers terribly, however, is on challenge factor and pace.

The gameplay is slow. Excruciatingly slow. During play, virtually nothing happens that you need to cope with reactively. While there is trade with other cities, each and every site has all the basic resources to thrive alone. Once you know the build order, there's no need to deviate from it, ever. City guards and walls are utterly useless for the cost in bricks and manpower - luckily, you don't need them on any map, ever.

I've just finished the campaigns, and each and every map boiled down to this; build the basic city of peasant shacks, noble homes and shops, copy-pasted from previous map. Wait for a harvest. Block out into brickworks and basic infrastructure. Wait two harvests. Expand. Wait more harvests. Begin farming the 'special' resource you need to win that map (army, navy, monuments, imports, etc). Wait a huge amount of harvests. Win the map.

I wish I was joking, but my playthrough boiled down to each hour being five minutes of city-building, fifty-five minutes of waiting. I read through several books while I "played" this game at maximum speed; there was no need to pay attention at all, not even the 'disasters' that hit are worth any adjustment - mostly because by the time they happen, or the interface tells you people are unhappy, it's already too late to do anything about it save let it ride itself out, be it disease, hunger or discontent.

Compared to Pharaoh, where each map was distinctly different and had different challenges based on which resources you had available, what you could import/export and what monuments you could build, Children of the Nile repeats the same tedious thing on every map, and at the same time offers no challenge whatsoever save waiting, and waiting some more. Slow pace is all well and good, especially in a city builder - but Children of the Nile is positively glacial compared to all the other city builders Impressions/Tilted Mill ever produced, and that absolutely kills it as a game.

I enjoyed the books I read while the game run. I did not enjoy 'playing' this game. Again, it's not bad or broken - it's just incredibly tedious. For that, I cannot recommend it - save if you want an easy 100% achievements game. All you need is a ton of patience and a few good books. I'd still recommend Pharaoh / Zeus / Casesar III/IV over this one any day, as a game to play and enjoy.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
64.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
An excellent city builder set in the times of ancient egypt. Meet the many needs of your citizens and build massive monuments with the labor camps you construct to show Egypt how prestigious of a leader you are.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
NOTE: Looking for the Caesar series, what about Zeus? ->> has it ! :D:D is basically a digital distribution site just like Steam that sells classic games deemed "the best games ever made" and they are DRM free.

Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition striked me fairly well, it's a city builder set and centered around ancient Egypt. There were three main reasons why I like this game, 1) the setting is rarely covered, most city builders are focused more on modern architecture. 2) The attention to detail and novel feature of Children of the Nile, and that's it has a very unique economic system -- a food based economic system. Talk about realism, you don't get close to re-living the Egyptian society than paying your government workers food. Children of the Nile also has a strong class system, also representing ancient Egypts strong class society, relying on every member to be in his/her place from peasant, middle class, and noble. How you gain and manage each of these classes is unique, but the game ensures that the player knows that in order to manage more peasants/farmers, you need plenty of nobles. Lastly, 3) the quality of 2006 game is very impressive. Plenty of resolution support and a lot of graphics and audio options, including some for the interface and gameplay. I haven't experienced any crashes or bugs either. The content advertised through the trailer, screenshot, and Steam product store is as advertised, and the voice acting and audio description before a mission is top notch. The graphics and attention to certain Egyptian architectural structures is very pleasing. The music only adds to the immersion and there's plenty of resources and freedom to build your city uniquely to your liking. Decorations are free so you can start planning the layout of your city without much hassle or delay. There's even in-game info, help menu that will explain what the building does and who works it if you are new. There's plenty of missions and content for the price, therefore, it very well worth base price. The developers know it's a great deal too because the game didn't get a price cut during the holiday sale. Even if you played SimCity[4], Tropico, Grand Ages Rome, Anno 2070, Dawn of Discovery, Stronghold, Zeus, Caesar or any other city builder, you'll still get a kick out of this game. It's amazing, it feels original and is very entertaining. Children of the Nile will be perfect for you especially if you are looking for a city builder set in an archaic setting of a former time. Take a look at other reviews as well, lots of other players already have phenominal amounts of hours racked.

That sums up my review, if a developer reads this, I hope you guys will be able to bring the Caesar games to Steam, and be able to finish Medieval Mayor with enough support if the series sells well on Steam. Best of luck, your games are amazing, thank you for creating such memorable gems. You guys will always hold the place of the best city builders in the genre.

Thanks for reading, if you think you might like this game pick it up -- support these developers, it's way better than the sorry rip-off excuse early access/DLC scams nowadays..
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
I am really into this game. It fits into a very small niche of citybuilders, has mechanics that don't restrict npcs to road access, and puts massive monuments into the perspective of realistic, long-term projects. A huge annoyance in the beginning was figuring out how the hell it works, since the tutorials lay it out but the amount of gods just gets ridiculous.

good camera controls allow for essentially any perspective
not a road-connectivity approach to citybuilders
The prestige meter adds a fun side-goal to merely completing a city

can glitch out and exit without warning, or some computers can't run it at all
the worship demands of the citizens are extremely difficult to meet
frickin priests

Buy it on sale. Don't buy it if you're trying to get achievements, because they'd be easy to get if steam would just fork them over.
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24.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
You know, I like it but I dunno. There's something about this game that's just a little too open-ended. There's almost no goal to speak of other than the scenario completion. So you're not really doing anything but working toward that. Which is fine I suppose. Just after a while it gets really monotonous and boring. Hard to complete a mission as it's a long game. If you've got tons of time to waste though (and I do on occasion), it's fantastic.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 7
I highly recommend this game if you like simulation-city builder games like Caesar etc.
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8.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Old. But pleasant and fun. If only it didn't crash on Windows 24.
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6.2 hrs
Posted: September 15
amazing game, I've owned a disc copy since 2004 and probably sunk more hours into it than any other game I've played. If you like games that let you create a living, breathing world, this is definitely for you.

That said, it's really not for everyone, the game moves at an incredibly slow pace and while easy to learn, can be difficult to master. It can be, at times, too realistic for it's own good. Your people cannot be controlled or ordered around, and the only way to get them to do what you need them to do is to create a culture in which they would want to do it, which can be difficult at times, and definitely frustrating when your bricklayers ignore certain buildings in favour of others, or when your labourers decide they'd rather sit around and do nothing that quarry stone. However, there's nothing more satisfying than mastering the game, and I'd highly reccomend this to anyone who thinks they have the patience for it.
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76.5 hrs
Posted: September 4
This is one of my all-time favourite games. It has consumed many hours of my life as I replay it at least once a year. I’ll never get sick of it!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 12
Did not play for long.... I think it is boring.
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200.5 hrs
Posted: July 4
I have played many a frustrating hour solving the puzzles this game puts up. And yet! I keep coming back to it.
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Mage of Fables
5.1 hrs
Posted: June 24
This game is a brilliant example of Egyptian history. 10/10
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 21
The game insta-crash after that I press the icon to open it...And I feel mad because I had this game when I was a child and I LOVED it, so when I saw it was on Steam I just thought: "holy ♥♥♥♥ I want it, just to play again this fabulous game", and then, after I downloaded it, I opened and... I felt so disappointed...
Now, I lost 7 Euro for a game that doesn't works and no one will give me back... It's a shame that Steam doesn't find a solution and just sell this game without to warn the customers...
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