News Archives: August 2001

Next up: Fantasy?

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 31, 2001

Speculation has been rife for quite a while now as to what Impressions are currently working on in the aftermath of the release of Poseidon. Well, over on the official forum, someone spotted that this month’s US edition of PC Gamer mentioned that Imps was looking at doing something in a fantasy setting. Thanks to Angel Draco we can bring you this little scan of the relevant article, at the bottom of which it states that:

Impressions has just put the finishing touches on Zeus: Poseidon expansion pack, and is gearing up for a new fantasy-themed strategy game.

Interesting stuff…remember that nothing’s certain until it’s officially announced, but this is something we can work on until then ;).

PC Arena Poseidon Review

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 27, 2001

PC Arena has posted their review of Poseidon. They didn’t seem to like it quite as much as some of the other reviews we’ve seen, but the Zeus x-pack still got a creditable 3.5/5.

CBC Winners Announced!

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 24, 2001

CityBuildingContest.net has announced the winners of their latest pair of contests. ULTAC, the Caesar III contest, was won by Treborius (hard) and Pecunia Maxima (easy), and Merepatra (hard) and sicha (easy) took the honours in the Zeus contest, Minos of Crete.

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated – I gather that the current contest is a wee bit tricky, so go ahead and enter if you fancy a challenge.

Poseidon UK on Friday?

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 21, 2001

It seems as if UK-based Zeus players won’t have much longer to wait before they too will be able to get their hands on Poseidon. According to this page on Sierra’s UK site, “Zeus Poseidon God Of Atlantis Expansion Pack” (as they call it, now there’s a mouthful!) is due to ship this Friday (August 24th). On that same date, Sierra.de says that the Zeus x-pack will be avalable in Germany too.

SGO Poseidon Review

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 20, 2001

Noticed on VE this morning that Strategy Gaming Online has taken a look at Poseidon. They seemed to like it too, giving it a very creditable 8.7/10. Since we haven’t had a review snippet on here for a while, here’s a little preview:

It seems as though the game developers at Impressions refuse to allow strategy gamers one productive weekend. Although, if you call building the city of Atlantis on your computer for hours on end productive, good for you-and please, seek help. I can, however, tell you that building the city of Atlantis is certainly fun-a characteristic that Impressions pumps into every one of their titles along with a healthy dose of charm. Poseidon, the new addon for Zeus: Master of Olympus, is imbued with charm from the moment you start it up. As a baritone voice shouts out, “Welcome to Poseidon”, you can’t help but feel a bit giddy at the prospect of once again constructing the perfect metropolis…

Click here to read the whole review.

More from the Mouse

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 19, 2001

Cherub mouse has finished her series of Poseidon walkthroughs, and they have been posted:

2 More Walkthroughs

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 15, 2001

Cherub mouse has continued to plug away at Poseidon, and she has produced 2 more walkthroughs for your reading pleasure. Her version of “Life in the Mediterranean” can be found here, and her “Atlantis Reborn” hints are here.

Sierra Reorganisation

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 15, 2001

Good news for all Citybuilding fans today, as I noticed on Evil Avatar that Sierra has finalised its reorganisation plans, which resulted in the closure of the development studio Dynamix (responsible for the Tribes series of games). Impressions is safe for the moment, though:

Cambridge, MA-based Impressions, will remain a key development studio, responsible for a number of pre-eminent titles including the Ancient City Building series and Lords of the Realm.

Check out the full press release here at Stomped.

Article Bonanza

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 12, 2001

We’ve got 3 new articles for you to read today. First off, there’s the latest in Cherub bobT’s series of articles dealing with the finer points of scenario design. This time, he turns his attention to goals, how they should be formulated, and how one should work towards them. Click here to read it.

Cherub mouse has also been hard at work, playing her way through Poseidon. She has written 2 walkthroughs for you, so if you’re stuck on either Enlightenment in the West or Birth of Atlantis, then I’m sure you’ll find them useful.

ECTS Awards: Voting Open

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 5, 2001

Saw on VE that voting has opened for the ECTS Awards 2001. For those of you who haven’t heard about ECTS, it’s kinda like the European equivalent of E3, held here in London annually in September.

Anyway, amongst the categories where prizes will be awarded is ‘Best PC Game of the Year’ – Poseidon perhaps ;).

Click here to make your nominations.

Wargamer Poseidon Review

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 3, 2001

Blue’s carries word this morning that The Wargamer has posted their review of Poseidon, the Zeus x-pack. No score is given (not that I could see, at least), but it’s a nice and positive review. Click here to read it.

Update: Gametropics has also posted a Poseidon review, giving it a score of 4.3 out of 5.

CBC Contest 7

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 2, 2001

The guys and girls over at CityBuildingContests.net have announced their latest contest (pair of contests, actually). If you’re up for a bit of competitive Zeus playing them head over to this page and grab hold of ‘Minos of Crete’. Alternatively, click here to have a go at their Caesar III contest map.

SirCam Warning

Posted by Angel Reckless Rodent on August 1, 2001

In case you haven’t heard or read about the latest virus doing the rounds on the Internet, then please take note of this article at ZDNet. SirCam is the latest worm buzzing around, and has infected several people here at HG. If you receive an email with the message “Hi, how are you?”, or something to that effect, please don’t open the attachment (that’s the virus).

More information on SirCam can be found here.