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  • FreeCiv

    Freeciv is an open-source, turn-based strategy game based on Civilization II. Inspired by the history of human civilization, the game commences in prehistory and your...

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  • Widelands

    Widelands is a free, open source real-time strategy game with singleplayer campaigns and a multiplayer mode.

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  • openage

    Free (as in freedom) open-source RTS Age of Empires engine. Written from scratch in C++, Python, Cython, Qt/QML, OpenGL/GLSL...

    • Open Age is RTS, not turn-based. Guest • Dec 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open age is completely RTS; Civ is completely Turn Based. Guest • Dec 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Endless Legend

    Endless Legend is a turn based 4X fantasy-strategy game from the makers of Endless Space.

    • I love Endless Legends' depth of army customizations, the incredible detailed lore, beautiful graphics alongside super fun gameplay. If people want a fantasy Civ experience, this is the one. Guest • Jan 2020 Disagree   Agree

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  • Europa Universalis

    Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.

    • civilization starts with you building something from near nothing, this game starts you with everything. this is more of an rts although civ is turn based Guest • Dec 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • CIV is turn based while Eu4 is more or less a rts. Civ starts from the begining of time but Eu4 starts with your cities and stuff already going. It is a different genre TheseusJan 2019 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Tanks of Freedom

    Classic turn-based strategy game with two armies fighting against each other. Challenge yourself in campaign against AI or hot-seat battle with a friend. Using easy map...

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  • Rise of Nations

    Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy computer game, developed by Big Huge Games and published by Microsoft on May 20, 2003. The development of the game was led by...

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  • Unciv

    An open-source reimplementation of the most famous civilization-building game ever - fast, small, no ads, free forever! Build your civilization, research...

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    C-evo is a freeware empire building game for Windows With a time scope of several thousand years, it covers aspects of exploration and expansion, industry and...

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Civilization Comments

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Comment by mbeln1992
about Civilization · Feb 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I love CIV V but I'm looking for an RTS alternative to it. A game that goes through all ages.


Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Civilization · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I've been playing a lot of Civilization V recently. Most of the glitches and performance problems from the earlier versions of the game seem to have been fixed. The game works best if you run it in DirectX 9 mode (it'll give you a choice when you start up the game launcher). However, in my personal experience, the game still lags like crazy once you approach turn 200. By the time I was on turn 250 or so, my older computer would often just freeze for 40-50 seconds between turns. Even my new computer has 10-20 second timeouts. And since my new computer is pretty awesome, I doubt it's a hardware problem. Either that, or Civilization V has the highest system requirements of any commercial PC game in the entire world.


I purchased the Aspyr version of Civilization V a few months back, and it runs much better than my old 2K version of the game. Why there are two different companies distributing separate versions of the same game, I have no idea. Anyways, Civilization V no longer freezes outright, so that problem is solved. Unfortunately, the game still gets really laggy in the later turns. Plus, when I'm playing the game in windowed mode on Mac OS X, the window is stuck in the first monitor; I can't move it to my second monitor, so OS X's dock and menu bar obstruct my view of the game.

tl;dr Everything works better, but it's still laggy. Support for dual-monitors on OS X sucks.

Comment by thelivingded
about Civilization · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I absolutely love civilization. I do have to question, though, why is this a listing for Civilization as a series but only talks about five? I love 5, but I also love 4 and 3. Should those be given separate listings?


Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Civilization · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Civilization V is really addictive, but unfortunately, the early versions of this game (a.k.a. the versions I played) were super glitchy. I don't know how many of the problems have been fixed since then. Hopefully, most of the bugs are no longer a problem, because they really ruin the gameplay.