Review : ; This Campaign, will take you through three scenarios of the Egyptians ascension to the throne of world domination. From taking control of the Nile river, to the boundaries of modern-day Egypt, and the refusal to back down to constant Assyrian attack and demand for submittal. Then finally there is a special fourth scenario depicting the great biblical event of the parting of the Red Sea and the Israelites' dream of reaching the 'Promised Land'.
Here are to original reviews from the “Through the Eyes of the Pharoah - AoEH Campaign Contest Results”
Please note that the score goes but the highest review.
A nice effort. The instructions tend to be just that - scenario instructions. There is no story to grab your attention and get you involved in the game while reading. The scenarios are interesting and well-constructed. Balance and playability tend to be good throughout. The timer in scenario 1 puts enough pressure on the player to create some urgency in getting the job done. I was able to "cheat" scenario 2 by converting yellow villagers, thereby keeping the red civ happy for an extended period. In scenario 3 I opted not to follow the designer's hints. I used the initial gold supply to keep the bad guys happy until I got the chests into my area, survived the initial attack & struggled through to victory. Scenario 4, after a nice escape sequence, basically becomes a build-up-and-destroy scenario. Resources are plentiful, so it's just a matter of time.
The game maps were well-built. One challenge for all the contestants was doing something interesting in what is mostly a desert environment. SBE generally used elevation, cliffs, and other terrain features to good effect.
Well, SBE has certainly come up with a good, solid campaign in his "Middle-East Predominance" campaign! The Instructions are straightforward, and up front you will not find a lot of story here, but the Objectives are presented in a clear and straightforward manner. The bitmaps are elegant, if not fancy, and they add to the overall feel of the campaign.
I found the campaign to be rather difficult, and most scenarios require a specific strategy if you are to have even a chance of winning. This is probably a good thing, but some players may find parts of the campaign a bit too difficult for their tastes.
One thing that I found very enjoyable in this campaign is the varied styles of play. Fixed Force, defense, diplomacy, build and destroy, you name it! The objectives were creative for the most part, and required a lot of thinking through to achieve those goals. The first scenario was pretty intense, as you must struggle to destroy all enemy docks within a set amount of time. I had some trouble with the second scenario, until I strayed from the hints that the author gave. The third and forth scenarios each started off in a unique and interesting way, before turning into largely Build and Destroy style.
Overall, "Middle-East Predominance" is certainly a very good campaign, if you are looking for a challenge!