Want to live in an age of gods and heroes? Thematic city builders such as Grepolis or Poseidon: Master of Atlantis allow you to create great civilizations from scratch. Strengthen your military forces and expand your territory by taking over neighboring cities. Choose to rule over your people with an iron fist or a kind heart. Build temples to worship your god of choice to gain their favor. All of these and more await you in the stellar titles in our list.
Are you ready to be transported to ancient Greece? InnoGames' Grepolis is an MMO browser title which is free to play online. In this thematic title, you are tasked to develop a humble Polis into a sprawling empire. To do this, you must strengthen your armies and forge alliances with other players. Conquer islands to expand your reach and give tribute to your patron god to get an edge over your rivals. Will you worship Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Athena, Artemis or Hera? Each one has a Divine Power unique to them. They also give you access to various mythical units like the fearsome Hydra or majestic Pegasus to defend you on land or sea.
Grepolis is a game that is always active, which means that your city may be conquered even if you are not currently logged in. With over six million players registered a across the globe, defending your city may sound intimidating, but you do have the option of downloading the app to be alerted of attacks.
2. Zeus: Master of Olympus
Published by Sierra Entertainment and developed by Impressions Games, Zeus: Master of Olympus is a city builder which makes use of an improved version of the Caesar III engine. Specifically, it features new housing zones which separates elite and common housing types off the bat and features improved walkers. That said, your goal is to build up from a small virtual city, developing roads, utility buildings and public structures. As with other city builders, the dwellers in Master of Olympus move on their own. All you need to do is to plan your city so that there's enough of everything and that they're readily accessible to your loyal subjects.
Instead of being given percentage objectives, you are given specific quests which may involve slaying monsters, increasing the rate of production or taking over a city. From managing the flow of resources to strengthening the military, you are in charge of everything. Of course, in keeping the Greek theme, you will want to build sanctuaries for various gods. Show devotion to Athena for instance and you will be rewarded with better crops. The goddess will even fight to defend your city when invaders attempt to take over.
3. Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
Take city building to the seas in Poseidon: Master of Atlantis, the expansion to Zeus: Master of Olympus. Just like the main game, your goal here is to develop a thriving city from scratch by managing resources, providing jobs for your people and taking over other cities to expand your empire. This adds 4 new campaigns with 25 episodes included in each. The built-in editor lets you play your way by giving you the means to create you very own adventure in Atlantis or Greece.
While the game play remains largely the same, the most noteworthy difference of the expansion is its theme. Master of Atlantis allows you to take charge of the Atlantean navy. Command an army of spearman, archers as well as charioteers. Fight new monsters, including an Echidna, Chimera, Harpies and the Sphinx. Call on Atalanta and Bellerophon to bring glory to your ever expanding empire. Of course, all of these can be turned against you too, if you don't appease the gods.
4. Age of Empires (Greek Civilization)
In Age of Empires, ancient Greece consists of city states like Sparta and Athens. The strength of its civilization lies in offense, with academy units and war ships being given a 30% speed bonus. That being said, they are best played from the Bronze Age onwards due to the effectivity of their bonuses. There are quite a variety of elite units for you to command, however, they do lack archers and elite cavalry for support. What they do have are Academy-trained elite infantry, siege weapons and ships. This means that even if you don't have much in the way of advantages early on in the game, you will eventually have Centurions, Helepolis and Heavy Catapults at your disposal later on.
Basically, the Greeks perform best in death matches and are effective on both land and sea. Their towers and walls may be fully upgraded but there are a few weaknesses to consider if you wish to use them effectively. For instance, although there is an option to add Priests to your ranks, they cannot be upgraded fully. In the main storyline, the civilization is under the rule of Alexander the Great.
5. Age of Empires Age of Mythology
In Age of Empires Age of Mythology, the Greeks are included among the three (or four in the expansion game Titans) cultures. They are the first to be encountered in game, which makes them the default option. There is a different hero per god and in each age. Unlike other units, they do not come in multiples. Much like normal resources, the Greeks collect Favor.
Villagers are able to pray in temples. The more devotees there are, the quicker the favor rate is collected. The major gods include Zeus, Hades and Poseidon; Athena, Ares and Hermes represent the classic age gods; Apollo, Aphrodite and Dionysus are among the heroic age gods; and finally, the mythic age gods include Hera, Artemis and Hephaestus. The Greeks have some of the most formidable mythical units in the entire game but their strength is balanced by cost and availability.