Video Games- Best Mind Games

PHARAOH - This is a classic game published by Sierra Entertainment and developed by Impressions Games in 1999. The game has an expansion pack as well, Cleopatra : Queen of the Nile. The play games is set in Egypt and
you have scenarios to complete before moving on to the next city's challenges. There is a map view as well as city view and you have to keep your citizens happy as well as the Pharaoh. You need to manage your money and resources wisely and set up trade with other empires. You need to set up army's as well to fight off any imposing threat.

ROLLER COASTER TYCOON - I'm going with the original game as that game sparked a whole new genre of strategy based games known as the tycoon games. The game was developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Microprose. You have several scenarios that challenge you to build bigger and better theme parks and roller coasters. You need to manage your time and your money as well as your staff and guest happiness.

AGE OF EMPIRES 2 -This is a very popular game that was published by Microsoft in 1999. This is a history based real-time strategy game, again with scenarios to complete in order to move on to the next level. This game is set in the Middle-Ages and has 13 playable civilizations. Like most, you build armies, collect resources, like food and iron, and keep your citizens happy and healthy while building your city.

COMMAND AND CONQUER: Red Alert - Published by Virgin Interactive in 1996 this shooting games has now been released by EA as freeware as of August 2008. The setting takes place in the 1950s in an alternate universe where allied forces fight with the Soviet Union who is trying to take over Europe. The game won praise for it's easy to use user interface and also it was one of the first competitive online games. Single player mode worked on the user completing missions with a set list of goals to achieve in order to move on. This is basically an alternate World War II.

CAESAR III - Released in 1998 by Impression Games and Sierra Entertainment, this game is very addictive. Game play is in 2D and strives to be somewhat historically accurate as far as living arrangements and food resources go. You do have a map view and advisers and need to set up trade routes with neighboring cities. You also need to be sure to have an army to defeat enemies that may come into your newly built city. You win a scenario by accomplishing set goals in the time frame allowed. Be sure to keep your citizens and Caesar happy.