The Pharaoh: Musical Motivation!

pharaoh_coverartIn mid 2000, just shy of a year after it’s release, I stumbled on a game and once I spent a little bit of time with it I knew I was hooked.

What game you ask? Pharaoh. It is an isometric city-building game that was released on October 31, 1999, created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Studios, for Microsoft Windows. I know that I have spent a lot of time previous to this release playing other similar games; however, this drew me in because of the complexities of the goals that you must reach in order to move on and the music.

The management of your city in Pharaoh is a very hands-on experience. It engaged me since the inception and honestly, the music was a huge part of that experience. It in comparison to various other games in the current market is vastly different and honestly, it is still fun if you want to get your hands into something other then the other popular games at the moment. I do not know any other video game that has exclusive Egyptian themes that I would dive into because Pharaoh has spoiled me that much.


The video above is a very good example of what you would hear in the game. I always found the movement in music like this amazing. For a 19 year old game to keep me engaged, and in large part due to the music, is very impressive.

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