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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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DOS, Windows 3.x, Mac OS
4.23 / 5.00 (341 votes)

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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.

Civilization reviews

Abandonware DOS: "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."

Dragon (1992): "Civilization is one of the highest dollar-to-play-ratio entertainments we've enjoyed. The scope is enormous, the strategies border on being limitless, the excitement is genuinely high, and the experience is worth every dime of the game's purchase price. This is an absolute <i>must</i> purchase for any PC/MS-DOS gamer. We again hope it will be translated to other systems such as the Macintosh and Amiga. Congratulations, Microprose and Sid Meier, for another truly outstanding simulation!"

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

There have been several sequels to Civilization, including Civilization II (1996), Civilization III (2001), Civilization IV (2005), Civilization Revolution (2008), Civilization V (2010), and Civilization VI in 2016. In 1994, Meier produced a similar game titled Colonization.

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Additional info about Civilization

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard, mouse
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk, cd-rom
Also published for: Amiga, Atari ST, PlayStation, SNES
Abandonware DOS views: 60991
Series: Civilization is part of the Civilization series.
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  • old guy 24/11/2023 21:39
    civ one and two started something new that kept most of us scifi buffs playing till 4 in the morning many knights
  • 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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