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24th September
2009
written by Tom Banaszewski

I’ve been playing Civilization for about four years. It ranks somewhere near 3 or 4 on my list of Top Ten Games. I thought it might be interesting to keep track of my games and the strategies I employ for each game. I’m curious to see how my cause-effect scenarios play out. If you have never played Civilization, you can now find a scaled down version for the iPod Touch/Phone. This version, based on the latest addition to the Civ series, is available for the XBox 360 and the PS3. While the mechanics and options are the same on both the iPod and console versions, the Civilization Revolution game just doesn’t play the same on a small iPod screen.

Over the last year, I’ve probably played Civilization Revolution at least 50 times. Any game that keeps you coming back that many times has something unique about it. At first, it was the interest to see if Civilization could be used in a middle school history class. They loved it. Pairs, small groups, solo, they figured out the basic challenge of building a thriving civilization. More about that later. I went into this game having exhausted all of the provided scenarios and wanted to see if there was a feature of a particular ancient civilization that I hadn’t applied. The Aztecs start the game with the ability to automatically heal your starting warrior units. This is a big advantage as it allows you to swiftly eliminate the Barbarians and stock pile the gold you gain from them. But, something was different about this game.

My starting location provided a great opportunity to create a ring of cities that would be protected by mountains. My thinking was that 4 cites connected together would quickly advance my Aztec civilization. Three cites were built and booming when the Egyptians announced their presence. Somehow they had acquired the Invention and Steam Power technologies early in the game. These usually take about 20 turns to achieve. Veteran Legion armies were soon attacking my cities. A change of strategy was needed. Clearly, the Egyptians were not going to settle down and focus on pyramid building. They were set on eliminating my civilization from the game. I needed to wipe them off the map. I set a course to research the technologies that would lead to the Atomic Weapon. A few swift moves to develop tank and artillary armies provided just enough time to hold off the aggressive Egyptians until I could launch. The ballistic missile arched over my two remaining cities and smacked down on Thebes. Unfortunately, this had no effect in slowing down their advancement. I think I should have bombed one of the cities that was working towards building a space station. If I had destroyed those cities, the Egyptians would have had to start over in building the components of a space station.

The lesson learned: bombing a city is not that satisfying. The city looked the same as it did before I lobbed the missile at it. I still think my strategy of developing my civilization so that I have 4 cities in a ring will work. Maybe I’ll play as the Egyptians next time.


2 Comments

  1. 25/09/2009

    This is really a great strategy games and i really loved the graphics and some special affects .like it .thanks.

  2. Tim S
    12/11/2009

    hm. Civilization? Love the game, though I have to play low-qual on my PC. Don’t have the Mac version, I’m saving up for the MW2 that just came out on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The Ipod touch one that I bought for $5 (Sale) wasn’t worth it,and I found it somewhat disappointing. Have you tried The Settlers? I get the feeling you might like it, it’s somewhat like Civ4/Civ4 Warlords, but a tiny bit more complex- a con is that it’s only on PC. Amazing graphics Civ4, but I prefer BIG scale war strategy games, ever heard of the Total War series? I’m more of a person (not a pure-bred gamer… yet (: ) that enjoys thwarting the enemy on the battlefield. Sadly, the closest game you can get to the Total War series is probably Legion Arena/Legion Arena Cult of Mithras, or Imperial Glory on MAC. Looking forward to see more of your game picks- check out http://www.gamespot.com if you want to check out some sweet reviews on some games- it helps consider your choices about what kind of game you want.- Timothy Shen, 8th Grade

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