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Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile — Official Pharaoh Expansion is more than an add-on of new scenarios and campaigns. The game includes enhancements to its parent title Pharaoh in the areas of gameplay, shortcut keys, and scope. Installation of the full commercial version of Pharaoh is required in order to utilize the expansion pack.
Cleopatra VII reigned in Egypt at the end of the Ptolemaic period and the expansion covers not only her time in power but also the reigns of Tutankhaman and Ramses II. There are four new campaigns encompassing 15 missions that span history from the late New Kingdom era to Cleopatra's rule. Also, with this upgrade, you can now play the missions included in Pharaoh in any order without completing the campaign.
Enhancements to the original game include the addition of the zoo to the missions Bubastis and Hetepsenusret (building at least one is necessary to attain the required Culture Rating), faster pyramid construction and pop-up message control. Four major plagues (River of Blood, Plague of Frogs, Hailstorm and Plague of Locusts) and new monument types have also been added.
New enemies introduced in Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile — Official Pharaoh Expansion include Assyrians, Persians, Phoenicians and Romans (possible allies at times) as well as tomb robbers. Other added features are new beasts (e.g., scorpions, asps, roaming lions), commodities (henna, oil, lamps, paint and white marble), and industries (Paint Maker, Lamp Maker, Artisan's Guild and Henna Farm).
Seven of the missions in Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile are timed and consist of two types: survival (4) and time limit (3). In the former, at the end of a given time limit (assuming your city still exists), you must meet or exceed pre-set ratings in various areas. In the latter, victory is claimed immediately upon meeting or exceeding all required ratings. Another new feature is the allowance to carry over from mission to mission (within campaigns only) certain properties including family savings, (some) troops and monuments.
Whether constructing tombs in the Valley of the Kings or building the Lighthouse of Alexandria, battling Octavian or plagues, or simply beautifying and establishing a solid kingdom, Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile — Official Pharaoh Expansion offers you the chance to relive and recreate history in the land of the Pharaohs. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide