Compared to the Medieval period and even the era of Roman Empire dominance there are not that many building games focused on the ancient greek times and mythology. Perhaps the reason is that in actual fact ancient greece was so fractured there wasn't an empire but many city states that ruled independtly. Nevertheless this hasn't stopped game developers making titles where building your own greek empire is an actual reality along with summoning the might of the ancient gods like Zeus and Poisedon. Here we take a look at some of the best available.
The free-to-play browser game Grepolis will take you on an epic journey to ancient Greece. Experience a life of conquest. Establish an empire, starting from a humble Polis and expanding your territory. Game maps are comprised of several islands and each one has a twenty slots to build a city on. If you and your allies manage to control one whole island, you can then build a World Wonder towards the end of the game.
Will you rule with kindness or an iron fist? You can either focus on strengthening your armies and taking land by force or taking your time to expand, forging key alliances to keep your people well-defended. To gain divine help, you may want to pay tribute to your patron god or goddess. As for who your deity will be, that's entirely up to you. Choose from Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Artemis, Athena and Hades. Choose wisely for each one will bestow unique gifts, both in the form of Divine Powers and formidable units like the Pegasus or Medusa.
This game is always active, which means that if you wish to dominate in both land and sea, you will need to keep a close eye on things even on the go. Fortunately, Grepolis has an app you can install on your mobile device. This allows you to get notifications about attacks and other important in-game events.
2. Zeus: Master of Olympus
Zeus: Master of Olympus is a city building game published by Sierra Entertainment. It's engine is based on the one used for Caesar III, with improvements such as smarter walkers and housing which separates elite and common zones right from the start. As with other games in the genre, your goal here is to build a thriving city from nothing as you forge roads, utility buildings and various public structures. To be a successful ruler, you can't just do things randomly. You will need to strategize and plan your city well to ensure that your loyal subjects have access to all they need to survive.
In this title, you are given direct goals instead of percentage objectives so you will be minding stats such as production rate, the size of your treasury, how many cities you have successfully conquered and how many monsters you have slain. As the ruler of a great empire, its economic success or failure will entirely depend on the decisions you make. Appease the gods and goddesses and they may just bestow you with their blessings. Get defended against invaders and grow better crops by pleasing Athena. On the other hand, displeasing Aries may just leave your empire in ruins.
3. Poseidon: Master of Atlantis (Expansion to Zeus Master of Olympus)
Have you ever wondered how things would be if you were a god? Find out in Poseidon: Master of Atlantis. This city builder is an expansion for the hit game Zeus: Master of Olympus. Like the base game, your main goal is to develop a powerful empire, beginning from a humble city and steadily expanding from that. As its ruler, you will need to manage resources and provide jobs for your loyal subjects. If you want to expand your territory quickly, you can also show your might by taking over neighboring lands.
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis adds 25 episodes divided into 4 campaigns. Additionally, the built-in editor allows you to create an adventure of your own. Be a master of the sea by taking charge of the storied Atlantean navy. Lead charioteers, spearmen and archers to victory. Defeat fearsome creatures such as Chimeras, Harpies and Echidnas. And, of course, worship the gods and goddesses so that they may look favorably on your empire.
4. Age of Empires (Greek Civilization)
Age of Empires is a real-time strategy title developed by Ensemble Studios. Set in Asia, Europe and Africa, its events span from the prehistoric (Stone Age) period until the Iron Age. For those who love all things Greek, you'll be glad to know that the famed empire plays a significant role in this title. Ancient Greece is divided into city states such as Sparta and Athens. Its civilization is powerful, with unparalleled offensive strength. Their war ships and academy units have the advantage of having a 30% speed boost. Although the Greeks lack elite cavalry and archers, they do have formidable elite units of their own such as ships, siege weapons as well as academy-produced elite infantry. As you progress through the game, you will be able to gain use of Helepolis, Heavy Catapults as well as Centurions.
With their specific strengths, the Greeks are quite formidable in death matches. They are also quite a force to be reckoned with both on land and sea. They are not flawless, however, as they are expensive and so will take time to upgrade.
5. Age of Empires Age of Mythology (Greek Civilization)
The Greek civilization are among the cultures in the mythology-based Age of Empires series. Developed by Ensemble Studios, Age of Mythology is a spin-off game that has earned critical acclaim. In this real-time strategy title, the Greeks are encountered first, making them your default option. Each of their gods and goddesses have different heroes serving them in each age. These units are special as they are expensive to call upon and are limited. In the Classical Age, for instance, Toxotes, Hippikon and Hoplite become available.
Keeping with their beliefs, the Greeks in this game can collect Favor from dieties by praying in temples. The rate that Favor is earned depends on the number of devotees. The more there are, the faster the rate. While straightforward, this does leave less of the population available for other tasks. Zeus, Poseidon and Hades represent the Major Gods. There are Classic Age (Ares, Hermes, Athena), Heroic Age (Dionysus, Apollo, Aphrodite) and Mythic Age (Hephaestus, Artemis, Hera) gods as well and each one will give you access to different units. Due to their versatility, the Greeks are the easiest to begin the game with. However, their power is balanced with limitations placed on producing their units.