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'''Key points'''
 
'''Key points'''
{{++}} Has adventure editor for creation of custom campaigns and scenarios
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{{++}} Comes with an adventure editor for creation of custom campaigns and scenarios
  
 
'''General information'''
 
'''General information'''
 
{{mm}} [https://web.archive.org/web/20020525110856/http://zeus.impressionsgames.com/ Official website] (retrieved)
 
{{mm}} [https://web.archive.org/web/20020525110856/http://zeus.impressionsgames.com/ Official website] (retrieved)
{{mm}} [http://zeus.heavengames.com Zeus Heaven website]
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{{mm}} [https://zeus.heavengames.com Zeus Heaven website]
 
{{GOG.com links|1207659039|zeus_poseidon_acropolis}}
 
{{GOG.com links|1207659039|zeus_poseidon_acropolis}}
 
{{mm}} [https://steamcommunity.com/app/566050/discussions/ Steam Community Discussions]
 
{{mm}} [https://steamcommunity.com/app/566050/discussions/ Steam Community Discussions]
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{{Availability|
 
{{Availability|
 
{{Availability/row| Retail | | disc | Several versions available by Sierra and Vivendi Universal. {{DRM|SecuROM}} disc check. | | Windows }}
 
{{Availability/row| Retail | | disc | Several versions available by Sierra and Vivendi Universal. {{DRM|SecuROM}} disc check. | | Windows }}
{{Availability/row| GOG.com | zeus_poseidon | DRM-free | Includes expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis and patch 2.1 | | Windows }}
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{{Availability/row| GOG.com | zeus_poseidon | DRM-free | Includes the expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis | | Windows }}
{{Availability/row| Steam | 566050 | Steam | Includes expansion Poseidon |  | Windows }}
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{{Availability/row| Steam | 566050 | Steam | Includes the expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis |  | Windows }}
 
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==Essential improvements==
 
==Essential improvements==
 
===Patches===
 
===Patches===
The Enhancement Pack 1.1 is the latest patch for Zeus, and Enhancement Pack 2.1 for Poseidon, both available [http://zeus.heavengames.com/downloads/lister.php?category=patches here].
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The Enhancement Pack 1.1 is the latest patch for Zeus, and Enhancement Pack 2.1 for Poseidon, both available [https://zeus.heavengames.com/downloads/lister.php?category=patches here]. Steam and GOG releases already include this update.
  
 
===Skip intro videos===
 
===Skip intro videos===
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|vsync notes                = Cannot be forced through AMD driver.
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|60 fps notes              = 20 FPS cap. Mouse is not clamped to engine framerate.
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  |interface = true
 
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  |notes    = Separate UK and US versions
 
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  |notes    = [https://magyaritasok.hu/magyaritasok/zeus-gold/zeus-gold/1117 Fan translation.]
 
  |notes    = [https://magyaritasok.hu/magyaritasok/zeus-gold/zeus-gold/1117 Fan translation.]
 
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  |notes    = Local retail version only.For digital Version https://steamcommunity.com/app/566050/discussions/0/3112530528196239245/
 
  |notes    = Local retail version only.For digital Version https://steamcommunity.com/app/566050/discussions/0/3112530528196239245/
 
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Revision as of 15:10, 29 July 2021

Zeus: Master of Olympus
Zeus: Master of Olympus cover
Developers
Impressions Games
Publishers
Retail Sierra Entertainment
Digital Activision
Release dates
Windows October 17, 2000
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres Building
Themes Europe, Classical, Fantasy
Series City Building (Sierra)
Zeus: Master of Olympus on MobyGames
Zeus: Master of Olympus on Wikipedia
City Building (Sierra)
Caesar (series)
Pharaoh 1999
Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom 2002
Children of the Nile 2004
Pharaoh: A New Era TBA

Key points

Comes with an adventure editor for creation of custom campaigns and scenarios

General information

Official website (retrieved)
Zeus Heaven website
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Several versions available by Sierra and Vivendi Universal. SecuROM DRM disc check.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes the expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Includes the expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

The Enhancement Pack 1.1 is the latest patch for Zeus, and Enhancement Pack 2.1 for Poseidon, both available here. Steam and GOG releases already include this update.

Skip intro videos

Instructions[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binks
  2. Rename, move or delete these files:
Zeus_Intro.bik
Zeus_Intro_HiQ.bik

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/566050/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\<user-id>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/566050/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use the Zeus + Poseidon Widescreen fixes pack.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Pressing F5 will switch to windowed, if the desktop resolution is higher than the game resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
20 FPS cap. Mouse is not clamped to engine framerate.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Camera panning speed can be changed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, speech, ambient and SFX
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Separate UK and US versions
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Local retail version only.For digital Version https://steamcommunity.com/app/566050/discussions/0/3112530528196239245/

Issues Unresolved

===Slow Gods spawn/bless/attack animations===[2][3] [4]

No building animation[5][6]

Storage yard animation going too fast[7]

Even if you have set the gamespeed to a value lower than 100% so that the game does not accelerate, some animations will continue to accelerate

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Issues fixed

Game speed/Map scroll rate issue

Set the slider in-game[8]

While in-game, press options and press speed option and move the game speed slider to adjust the game speed or scroll rate slider to adjust the scroll speed.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0m[9]
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/566050/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (566050) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References