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  • FreeCiv icon


    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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Web BSD ...

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

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Android BSD ... GitHub

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    FreeCol is a 4X video game, a clone of Sid Meier's Colonization. While remaining faithful to the original in terms of mechanics and gameplay, FreeCol sports a new...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    World of Empires

    A turn based 4X strategy game where you can elevate your civilization to be the master of the world.

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Kindle Fire

    • MyCiv uses rules far more similar to civ then any of the offers sugested and much better graphics then FreeCiv. elkomodosdragoNov 2016 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.

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Linux Steam

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    Total War (series)

    Total war is a turn based/ RTS strategy game, you play in different historical battles. Total War: Attila and Medieval II: Total War is also avariable for Linux.

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Linux

    • Total War contains aspects of real time strategy while Civilisation is entirely turn based. Civilisation has a tile based map, Total War doesn't. Civilisation spans various eras while Total War focuses on one. elkomodosdragoSep 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    Golden Age of Civilizations

    Here comes the Golden Age of Civilizations, a semi turn-based MMO strategy game, inspired by but not following the classic games of the genre, such as Age of Empires...

    Free Web

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    Rise of Nations (Series)

    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...

    Commercial Windows Steam

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    Neptune's Pride 2

    An online multi-player real-time game played over several weeks where players battle and negotiate to capture half of all the stars in the galaxy.

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • DomiNations icon


    From legendary game designer Brian Reynolds (Civilization II, Rise of Nations), DomiNations is an epic new strategy game of exploration, advancement, and conquest. Lead...

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Ironfell is a time travel themed massive multi-player online real time strategy game. Travel back in time to plunder resources from the past, re-build your empire and...

    Free Mac OS X Windows Web

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Civilization (series) Comments

Real Time strategy

Comment by mbeln1992
about Civilization (series) · 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 (series) · 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 (series) · 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 (series) · 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.