Abandonware DOS title


Civilization is the critically acclaimed strategy game designed by Sid Meier and Bruce Campbell Shelley that became a staple in 4X turn-based strategy. Civilization was developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1991 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, etc. Civilization was followed by sequels, the last one being published recently. The goal of the game and the main gameplay features never changed; the fan-base is still strong to this day.
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Main executable game file: civilization/civ.bat.

Games developed for Windows 3.x can't run on recent Windows systems. You need a Virtual Machine to run this game properly.

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The original manual included the famous tech tree on paper called "Civilization Advances Chart".

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Additional info about Civilization

"I clearly remember the first time I played Civilization. It was, perhaps, the first time I played a 4X game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate). It took me a fair amount of time to learn the mechanics, understand the pace of the game, the gameplay and to finally beat the computer AI. Civilization marked the birth of a new genre that spawned sequels, blatant copies, and lots of other 4X strategy games and I think I can talk for every turn-based strategy fan out there when I say: thank god for that." - Abandonware DOS

Status: abandonware

Input: keyboard, mouse, joystick

Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk, cd-rom

Also published for: Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES

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  • maxleod - 02/05/2022 23:43
    Greatest game ever. A timeless staple gem only surpassed by Civilization 2, which is basically Civilization 1 Enhanced. Still playing it in 2022.
  • Branko - 16/01/2021 00:40
    Great game i played for countless hours on my first PC. Looking for original game(not one augmented for windows..I remember in original game when you capture big empires capital it splits in two fractions etc...original intro...any clues???
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