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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-playerCivilization 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Subtle, hugely addictive and massively fun, this is a rare strategy title that manages to be as accessible as it is deep.
  2. This title’s greatest accomplishment is simply in delivering the full Civilization Revolution experience on Nintendo’s handheld.
  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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    Civilization passed a “pocket examination”. Another platform conquered Civ is addictive as usual and brings to all players an extremely deep and variable strategic experience without any excuses. [Sept 2008]
  5. Nearly everything has been stripped right back to accommodate the faster gameplay. [Issue#26, p.68]
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    77
    Compelling and addictive. [Sept 2008, p.101]
  7. AceGamez
    70
    Civilization Revolution is great fun on the DS. It's quite refreshing to see that the developers weren't overly ambitious with trying to push the limited hardware too hard, and it's even better to see it all come together so well.

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  1. DJT
    Jul 12, 2008
    10
    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 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. Jan 14, 2020
    10
    Game is good, but graphics be ugly. i am love the civilization: revolution.
  3. GregoryS.
    Jul 14, 2008
    10
    Nice version of Civ for on the go.
  4. Jan 31, 2011
    10
    Man, finally! A strategy game where I don't have to kill everything in order to win! THANK-YOU SID MEIER! Anyways, brilliant game, withMan, 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
  5. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    On the Nintendo DS, there are several turn-based strategy games, but few offer as much complexity and randomness as Civilization Revolution.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.
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  6. Stickguy
    Jul 14, 2008
    9
    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 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
  7. Mar 23, 2021
    8
    Since I played this according to my 3dsxl over 120 hours, I guess it's a good game. I made a little booklet for it, to denote my high scores.Since I played this according to my 3dsxl over 120 hours, I guess it's a good game. I made a little booklet for it, to denote my high scores. I won on the easiest diffi settings with every civ; but on King I only managed one or two races.
    The problem is that it doesn't retain high scores however, which is a very sore miss, hence the aforementioned need to write down your own highscores.
    Each civ race/diff has 4 win conditions, but 3 come down to the same actually, when you are dominant you can create either a cult or mil or tech victory without any problem. I never had to race any other civ to alpha centauri, should be fun.

    A few minor gripes:
    (-) you can't play Earth. World is random every time. Even civ 1 had this option.
    (-) you can't select land size. Even civ 1 had this option.
    (-) no hi scores. Even civ 1 had this option.
    (-) There was a Game of the week, but Nintendo bastards closed it down; it was fun back then.
    (-) on lower settings the best way to win is via tank armies, works every single time.
    (-) you can't queue build programs.
    Still, this version is far superior to the unwieldy x360/ps3 crap versions, where you can't see the tank from the forest.

    And if you find errors after 1900 like cannot attack, well you played a cracked version, this game has not been cracked, nor will it be, so get a legit copy.
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