Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nile Online Beta

There is an open beta test going on of a new browser game called Immortal Cities: Nile Online that I wanted to give a shout out for. In case you've never heard of them, "browser games" are games with fairly simple graphics that can be run on pretty much any computer that can access the internet. There is a wide variety of game types, but Nile Online happens to be an Ancient Egyptian themed city building game, where you trade with other players to get resources to improve your own city and even found new ones. When you start the game you are the Pharaoh of a small village on the Nile with access to one of nine resources(cedar, gold, oil, henna, etc). You build shops and upgrade them to make bricks, bread, baskets, and more, while getting the resources to make the goods that let you upgrade your palace so you can... get more people to gather more resources to make more finished goods to upgrade your palace again. That's basically the short of it, but after the first couple of upgrades you need to trade with other players (or purchase on the open market at an inflated price) to get the necessary resources and the upgrades take longer and longer to complete.

The good thing about these kind of games is that they don't really require a lot of attention to be fun and feel like your accomplishing something. Go here and submit your e-mail address if you are interested in giving it a try, and check out this primer on how to get started. Also, don't forget that this is a beta, so there are going to be bugs and things are likely to change a fair bit as time goes on... but even in a unfinished state it is a pretty damn fun little game.

I'm Pharaoh ArmLion of the city of Maadi in the region of Amunheker, and my resource is cedar. Send me a scroll if you're playing.