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  • Summary: Civilization Revolution offers players a chance to experience the epic empire-building world of Civilization in an all new accessible, visually immersive, and action-packed world specifically designed for the console and handheld gamer. Delivering Civilization's renowned epic single-player campaigns featuring vast re-playability and unmatched addictive gameplay as well as revolutionary features like real-time interaction with leaders and advisors, extensive multiplayer capabilities and integrated video and voice chat, it transports the Civilization series to a level of gameplay that fans have never seen before. Some of the key features that resonate with fans of strategy games and the Civilization franchise include 16 civilizations to master and lead to victory, an array of famous historical leaders to play as or compete against, and accessible maps and streamlined time scale for quicker games, intense combat, and constant action. In online multiplayer mode, players compete for world conquest and glory among their peers as they battle in teams, head-to-head or epic free-for-all matches. In addition, auto-matching, ranked games, leaderboards, achievements, downloadable extra content and integrated video and voice chat make the online play more versatile and fun than any previous version of Civilization and will allow players to see where they stand against the competition. Finally, the position of ruler of the world can be settled online. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
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  1. The interface is instantly intuitive, while menu choices are always clear and easy to find.
  2. Civilization Revolution for the DS is a distilled, streamlined version of the popular PC strategy series that succeeds despite its limitations.
  3. The premiere of Civilization on the NDS has been successful and lives up to my expectations. Even this small-scale version of Civilization Revolution pleases, although “Civilization lite” would have been a better title. Gamer who liked the PC-version, will miss the complexity and amount of features. Nevertheless, the concept of the game is able to ignite the spark.
  4. 80
    Civilization Revolution remains the furiously, maddeningly addictive sandbox of delights that it's always been – which is probably the highest praise you can give it.
  5. 80
    While it doesn't contain as much depth as its predecessor on PC, Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution serves up the globe conquering fun that the series is renowned for.
  6. Compelling and addictive. [Sept 2008, p.101]
  7. Although it isn't easy to release a decent RTS game on a handheld, Civilization: Revolution succeeds with ease. Even after you played several scenarios the game still doesn't bore you. Off course the DS version lacks the overview of it's console counterpart but is definitely worth your money.

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  1. DJT
    Jul 12, 2008
    It's not the flashy computer version we all know and love - but at the heart, it's portable civ at it's finest. It's quick, it's addictive, and it's great fun! Those of you who've never played the franchise - it's Advance wars with city building/resource management. It's a lot of substance and the wifi and multiplayer options are great. ENDLESS REPLAY. Expand
  2. GregoryS.
    Jul 14, 2008
    Nice version of Civ for on the go.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    If you are a strategy fan, the Civ Revolution is a must have. I find myself coming back to play this game more often than any of my other games. Even though it has been simplified compared to the PC versions, it is just as much fun! Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2013
    On the Nintendo DS, there are several turn-based strategy games, but few offer as much complexity and randomness as Civilization Revolution. In Civilization, you play as a nation and then must expand your territory and explore new lands. Along the way you make alliances and treaties with the other nations you encounter.

    One fantastic reason why this game is so much fun is that each game is randomised so you never know which nations you’ll encounter. This keeps the excitement going as you have no idea what kinds of opponents you will face. The maps are also random, with some being a giant continent but other maps being several small islands.

    While each nation starts out equal in terms of basic resources, different nations have access to different bonuses. For example, as the Romans you get half price roads and as the Zulu nation you get stronger warrior units at the start.

    All of these bonuses are fairly small but there are other bonuses later on which change the game in more substantial ways. There are also different choices of religion for the nation, for example with Democracy you cannot start a war but your nation gets a food and science bonus.

    When you’ve uncovered all the map and you research more technology, the AI becomes more aggressive and will sometimes attempt to start wars with you. At this point in the game things get pretty complex and intense with cities getting captured left and right, as well as constant negotiations for peace or the AI demanding knowledge to call a cease fire. These constant talks are an annoyance and they cannot be turned off. It’s a shame such a great system has no way of stopping the AI from bombarding you with blackmail attempts.

    Regardless, it’s an enjoyable game with tons of units, a lot of strategy and many different ways to win.
  5. Jan 31, 2011
    Man, finally! A strategy game where I don't have to kill everything in order to win! THANK-YOU SID MEIER! Anyways, brilliant game, with excellent AI, and great game modes as well. Not the best game I've ever played (that would be CTR) but certainly the one that I've been most addicted to. Expand
  6. Stickguy
    Jul 14, 2008
    This is an excellent Nintendo DS game. It plays exactly how you would imagine a civilization game for the DS to play. The graphics are simple (as they should be) and the gameplay is simple as well. Expand