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  • Summary: An empire-building turn-based strategy game. The game starts at the Old Stone Age in 4000 BC. Your tribe begins with a Settlers unit and has no knowledge about the surrounding area. As you found new cities and explore the surroundings, you may find hostile barbarians, villages, and otherAn empire-building turn-based strategy game. The game starts at the Old Stone Age in 4000 BC. Your tribe begins with a Settlers unit and has no knowledge about the surrounding area. As you found new cities and explore the surroundings, you may find hostile barbarians, villages, and other competing cultures. [Civ Fantatics' Center] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It is an incredible and very addictive game; once you start playing you won't want to stop... You will want to play Civilization II over and over, as every game is different.
  2. 100
    Under the surface lies something of a bionic game - they have rebuilt it, and the new product is better, stronger, faster - well, probably not faster (unless daddy has bought you a silky P133), but it's one hell of a game all the same.
  3. PC Gamer
    97
    An immensely addictive and playable strategy game that's the rightful heir to the Civilization crown. [July 1996, p.82]
  4. While those looking for a revolutionary new game may not be entirely satisfied, any serious gamer who can even imagine enjoying this game probably will.
  5. Microprose managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game’s addictive qualities.
  6. For me, the PC was designed to run Civilization 2. Sid Meier is a God and I'll be playing this for days, weeks, months even!
  7. Awesome and addicting in everyway, it's also only the second game for Windows 95 that was worth playing at all (the other being "Ultima Online").
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 54
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 54
  3. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. ChrisI
    May 27, 2009
    10
    A great strategy game. If you solely take gameplay into account, it weasily accommodates for the old graphics it uses. This game is great for A great strategy game. If you solely take gameplay into account, it weasily accommodates for the old graphics it uses. This game is great for any strategy lover, and, speaking on a personal level here, there is a huge feeling of achievement as you force 2 or more enimes to battle each other, while you patiently build up your own armies to pick off whats left. Expand
  2. SGrunter
    Jan 31, 2008
    10
    Civ 1 was one of the greatest games of it's time.
    Civ 2 followed as a sequel..............awesome!!
    Civ 3 and 4 have come out with
    Civ 1 was one of the greatest games of it's time.
    Civ 2 followed as a sequel..............awesome!!
    Civ 3 and 4 have come out with better graphics........ONLY!
    Civ 2 rules to this day with it's on screen playability.
    I bought Civ 3 and 4..............scrapped them and always have a civ 2 game going on...............Greatest game ever....Civ 2.
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  3. Sheaulle
    Apr 13, 2003
    10
    Even today this game is addictive! If you don't have it and don't have the money for its successor "Civ III" buy it. "Civ II" will Even today this game is addictive! If you don't have it and don't have the money for its successor "Civ III" buy it. "Civ II" will bring hours, days, weeks, months and - believe me - years of fine entertainment to you. There are countless user maps/mods available, and there are still coming new ones - often with a historically educational or compelling fantasy plots. Nevertheless it's very cheap now. In Europe you get it for app. $5,--. Note: There are several versions available, such as "Civ II Gold edition" with multiplayer abilities and two official add-on packs or "Civ II - Test of Time" with improved graphics and gameplay, also multiplayer, but no editor and a lack of compatibility to original Civ II scenarios. I recommend both of them. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2017
    10
    For a game developed in 1996 it was a real revolution. I have played many scenarios as many countries and enjoyed the game. New versionsFor a game developed in 1996 it was a real revolution. I have played many scenarios as many countries and enjoyed the game. New versions really need those strong scenarios. There were lots of wars around the world in this game. Expand
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    10
    I spent the best part of my childhood playing this game and it taught me a tremendous amount about how the world developed over a series ofI spent the best part of my childhood playing this game and it taught me a tremendous amount about how the world developed over a series of years. It is still worth picking up, particularly if you like this turn based expansionist games Expand
  6. W
    Oct 6, 2007
    10
    The best. As old as it is, no strategy game has really outdone this, which is a shame.
  7. MarcS.
    Jun 26, 2008
    0
    this game was one of the WORST games iv ever played EVER. I was compleatly bored the whole way through and would not recommend this game to this game was one of the WORST games iv ever played EVER. I was compleatly bored the whole way through and would not recommend this game to anyone out of fear of them killing themselves out of bordem. Expand

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