The battle beings with the French navy attacking your new settlement on Malta. If you survive then you must take Egypt from the French. ( I think you'll like the pyramids on this scenario. Also the city of Giza.)If you have any comments please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you remember the first time you opened your Age of Kings box from your local computer store? Excitement was building up every second as you slowly watched the game install. Would this game prove to be what it was cracked out to be, or would it be another shelf item in your den? After all was said and done, you realized that Age of Kings was the best RTS game to be loaded onto your system! Well, I must say, after playing "Battle of the Pyramids", I relived that whole Age of Kings experience all over again.
I must tell you the truth though. Having seen the small file size (171k), I had my doubts. Amidst the 100+ trigger scenarios in the Blacksmith with custom mp3's that require additional downloads, I wondered how spectacular this scenario could be. Upon downloading, I immediately went into the scenario's trigger section. Two triggers, huh? Hhhmmmm. How can the author pull this off? Well, my friends, he did pull it off, plus some.
In the RPG filled Blacksmith, "Battle of the Pyramids" was a nice change (don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good RPG as much as the next guy). Although no style was specified for this scenario, it is definitely your classic AoE/ RoR build and destroy that we have all come to know and love. The story line was simple to follow and would have received a 5 had it not been for formatting issues and a typo here and there in the intro. The intro bit map, while not extraordinary, added to the story line. One major issue I had was with the Balance of the game. Even with the hardest difficulty on I never really felt like the enemy was a real threat while I was stationed on my HOME island. A few well placed naval ships made quick work of the enemy. However when you try to defeat Napoleon on HIS turf you are drastically thrown into the other side of the military spectrum!
Also, you'll notice that your allies that share the island with you don't do much of anything. Because of this you don't have to worry about contending with your neighbor for resources at all. It would be more realistic if your allies were constantly in your face taking your much needed gold and stone.
In the map design department, the author deserves a 5. He managed to create towns and cities that made you feel like you were really in Egypt. His unique pyramids also added to his score. The cities were interesting to explore and quite detailed. It did not look like a random map was used and buildings just thrown into the environment without any thought. The author really had a game plan in mind and it showed, not only on the map design but also in the Playability department. If you do not go into this scenario with a game plan, YOU WILL NOT WIN. Strategy is the name of the game here and the author capitalized greatly on it.
If you love good old fashioned B&D, HUGE naval battles and enough land skirmishes to make any general feel sick to his stomach, you must try "Battle of the Pyramids". A definite must download.