Parents' Guide to

Pharaoh: A New Era

By Claire Crossman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

City-builder remake is educational, hectic, and fun.

Game Windows 2023
On a clear day, pyramids are in the background of a river with a small boat on it. The words "PHARAOH A NEW ERA" are overlayed.

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With over 100 hours of gameplay, this game will certainly keep fans of simulation and building games busy. For this demographic, Pharaoh: A New Era, is a blast. It's a faithful recreation of the original game, with updated graphics and logistics, while keeping the same 2D animation style. There are a seemingly infinite amount of customizations you can play around with, like speeding up time in different increments and adjusting how enemies or predators interact with your town.

For players who are not savvy with the genre, this game may be a difficult play-through at first. Instructions come quickly, without much time to process. This makes the need to absorb new rules, while also learning what a city-builder is in the first place, overwhelming – particularly for younger kids. Despite this, a few hours of gameplay, combined with the lengthy 50 mission campaign, will most likely adjust the player to the ins and outs of a city builder. Pharaoh: A New Era, is as educational as it is graphically stunning. Between navigating road construction, putting out fires, warding off enemies, and bringing your historic city to life, there's always something going on. Even if you haven't been a fan of city-builders in the past, this game is compelling enough to draw you in and keep you there, teaching you plenty about Egyptian history along the way.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Subjects: Social Studies : cultural understanding, events, exploration, geography, global awareness, history, power structures, timelines
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : decision-making, logic, prediction, strategy, Creativity : developing novel solutions, Self-Direction : achieving goals, goal-setting, Responsibility & Ethics : fiscal responsibility, learning from consequences, making wise decisions
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($22.99)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: DotEmu
  • Release date: February 15, 2023
  • Genre: Edutainment
  • Topics: History
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance , Teamwork
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 27, 2023

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