Civilization Revolution Review

By , on August 12, 2009

Civilization Revolution
  • Publisher: 2K
  • Genre: Education
  • Released: 10 Aug, 2009
  • Size: 119.7 MB
  • Price: $2.99
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5 out of 5


  • Lots of content and replayability.
  • Easy to control.


  • A bit of a learning curve.
  • Expensive.


The port of this made for console Civilization game delivers the experience for iPhone users. Give the demo a try and enjoy it for yourself.

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Sid Meirs' Civilization series is one of the most addictive strategic video games in history. A bold statement, but its tech trees, exploration, and 'one more turn' style of gameplay has kept this reviewer glued to his screen since the early 90s. In this port of the most recent game in the series, we see how this style of gameplay transfers to the iPhone.

You start the game by choosing a world leader and beginning your civilization around 3000 BC. As you build your armies, cities, and research new technology, you discover there are four ways to win the game. A technological victory results in being the first to reach Alpha Centauri. A domination victory is when you have conquered all your enemies. An economic victory results in the building of a world bank, and a cultural victory results in the formation of the UN. Everything from researching, to building units, to negotiating trade, to ending your turn is done with the press of a finger.

The visuals can be a little busy. It's not always clear what everything means, and what everything does, and the game has not only a help system, but most buttons have labels when touched over. The sound is minimal. When starting a new game, you can either choose a random map, or play an existing scenario with its own rules.

Civilization Revolution is a very complex game that has a large amount of replay value. It carries a hefty price tag, but if you enjoy the Civilization series or strategy games, you'd be hard pressed to find a better title in the genre for your iPhone.


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