Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Subtle, hugely addictive and massively fun, this is a rare strategy title that manages to be as accessible as it is deep.
  2. The interface is instantly intuitive, while menu choices are always clear and easy to find.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    Seasoned Civ fans will love how the heart and soul of the game have been distilled to DS without losing any of the appeal. [Oct 2008, p.66]
  4. This title’s greatest accomplishment is simply in delivering the full Civilization Revolution experience on Nintendo’s handheld.
  5. Civilization Revolution for the DS is a distilled, streamlined version of the popular PC strategy series that succeeds despite its limitations.
  6. The fact that you can have fun with this game on your own terms and on your own time is great, but the title does this without sacrificing any of the classic Civilization gameplay so many people have come to know and love.
  7. 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.
  8. 83
    But Revolution's greatest omission is testament to just how addicting the game is. It's disappointing not having the option to play "one more turn..." after a victory condition is achieved and continuing to build (or rebuild) your empire.
  9. Civilization Revolution for the DS is one of the better strategy experience on Nintendo's handheld.
  10. Civilization: Revolution for the DS does a remarkably good job in retaining the best features of its PC predecessors.
  11. 82
    Civilization Revolution is one of the better strategy titles for the DS and the only one that delivers the full empire-building experience that made the series such a hit on the PC.
  12. 80
    While it won't be winning any beauty contests with its barebones 2D graphics, the play's the thing and the combination of solid controls and lots of content in the form of the technologies, units and variegated civilizations make Civ Rev an enjoyable and entertaining romp through the traditionally staid and somber realm of nation management.
  13. It might not have the bells and whistles of the console versions or its PC predecessors, but this smaller colony is quite at home on the DS.
  14. Nearly everything has been stripped right back to accommodate the faster gameplay. [Issue#26, p.68]
  15. 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.
  16. 80
    Civilization Revolution makes our DS smile. The game is sweet strategic candy wrapped in replay chocolate.
  17. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    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]
  18. 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.
  19. The beauty of Civilization Revolution DS is that it’s just so damn addictive.
  20. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Compelling and addictive. [Sept 2008, p.101]
  21. Games Master UK
    A little cramped but streamlined enough to feel well-suited to the DS. [Oct 2008, p.78]
  22. Nintendo Power
    If you're a fan of the genre, there are few better ways to get your fix on the go. [Aug 2008, p.89]
  23. Revolution capitalizes on the DS’s strengths with some great stylus-based controls. Unfortunately, there are some problems, as the gameplay feels a bit scaled down and the maps feel pretty cramped.
  24. Edge Magazine
    In terms of distilling the core Civilization experience from PC to handheld, this is almost as victorious as the PC-to-console iterations. [Oct 2008, p.103]
  25. 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.
  26. AceGamez
    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.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#7 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Mar 23, 2021
    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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  2. Jan 14, 2020
    Game is good, but graphics be ugly. i am love the civilization: revolution.
  3. 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.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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