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Mikazuki August
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How to play Pharaoh and Cleopatra on widescreen and high resolution

Pharaoh and Cleopatra are classic city-building games set in ancient Egypt, developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. They are available on, a digital distribution platform for old and new games. However, the original versions of these games only support resolutions up to 1024x768, which can look pixelated and stretched on modern monitors. Fortunately, there are some hacks and mods that can enable widescreen and high resolution for these games, making them more enjoyable and immersive.

Widescreen mod

The widescreen mod is a patch that modifies the game executable to support any resolution that your monitor can handle. It also fixes some bugs and glitches that occur in the original game. To install the widescreen mod, you need to follow these steps:


  • Download the widescreen mod from [this link]. It contains files for both Pharaoh and Cleopatra.

  • Extract the contents of the .7z file to your game folder. You can find your game folder by right-clicking on the game in your GOG library and choosing "Manage installation" -> "Show folder".

  • Run the Pharaoh.exe or Cleopatra.exe file that matches your desired resolution. For example, if you want to play in 1920x1080, run Pharaoh_1920x1080.exe or Cleopatra_1920x1080.exe.

  • Enjoy the game in widescreen and high resolution!

Note: The widescreen mod only works with the GOG version of the game. If you have a different version, you may need to patch it to the latest version first. You can find the official patches [here].

Hex editor method

If you don't want to use the widescreen mod, or if you want to customize your resolution further, you can also use a hex editor to modify the game executable yourself. A hex editor is a tool that allows you to edit the binary data of any file. To use this method, you need to follow these steps:

  • Make a backup copy of your original game executable (Pharaoh.exe or Cleopatra.exe) in case something goes wrong.

  • Download a hex editor of your choice. For example, you can use [HxD], which is free and easy to use.

  • Open your game executable with the hex editor.

  • Go to the offset that corresponds to your game version and language. You can find a list of offsets for different versions [here]. For example, if you have the French version of Pharaoh v2.0, go to offset 29EE44.

  • Replace the bytes at that offset with the bytes that correspond to your desired resolution. You can find a list of bytes for different resolutions [here]. For example, if you want to play in 1920x1080, replace the bytes with 80 07 38 04.

  • Save the changes and close the hex editor.

  • Run the game as usual and enjoy your custom resolution!

Note: The hex editor method may not work with some resolutions or aspect ratios. You may need to experiment with different values until you find one that works for you.


Pharaoh and Cleopatra are timeless classics that deserve to be played on modern systems. With these hacks and mods, you can enhance your gaming experience by playing them on widescreen and high resolution. Have fun building your own empire in ancient Egypt!


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