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Civilization IV [Mac Download]

by Aspyr
Everyone 10+
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews) 94 / 100

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Platform: Mac Download
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  • Rule throughout time in this exciting strategy game
  • Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy, or wage war
  • Become the most powerful leader the world has ever known
  • Detailed, vibrant, 3-D living world; RTS-style, intuitive interface
  • Multiplayer gameplay supported



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Platform: Mac Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B004YNII9Y
  • Release Date: June 25, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,073 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: Mac Download

Product Description

History as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.

From the Manufacturer

With Sid Meier's Civilization IV, history as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies, conduct diplomacy, or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.

  • 3-D living world: detailed environments where animals roam and smoke billows from small huts, set in a vibrant and colorful world.
  • Overhauled interface: RTS-style, intuitive interface allows you to manipulate units and cities with greater control and faster speed.
  • Multiplayer: Built from the ground up for multiplayer with Era Starts, variable game speeds, hot join, team play, and a bevy of connectivity options--Internet, LAN, Play by Email (PBEM), hot seat, and more. The best multiplayer Civ experience ever developed means hundreds of hours of gameplay for you and leaders across the world.
  • Customization: an unprecedented level of modding power allows you to customize the units, environments, and gameplay to meet your vision, including a WorldBuilder editor, XML, and Python scripting language editing.

  • System Requirements
      Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
    OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher
    Processor: PowerPC G5 or Intel chipset PowerPC G5 or Intel Chipset 2.0GHz
    RAM: 512MB or higher Unknown
    Hard Drive: 3.5GB  
    Video Card: ATI 9600/ Nvidia FX 5200 128 MB (VRAM)
    Additional Info: GameSpy account required for online play
    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: Nvidia 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600
    NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).



    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    114 of 121 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars So slow, you wish it had a civ3 view in the end! July 6, 2006
    By Cheffy
    Platform for Display:Mac
    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
    Wow, don't go by the recommended requirements at all on the box with this. I have a 2.1ghz Imac with a gig of ram, and I have to run the game on the lowest graphic setting. The music is very choppy, but even on the lowest setting, the graphics are gorgeous. Gameplay is typical Civilization style. It's crashed on me numerous times, mostly when windowed, fullscreen made the game drag to a crawl (but no crashes), and I was wishing for a 'Civ3 view' under the options. I wouldn't recommend playing this on anything other than one of the newer machines with a ton of ram, or a quad style machine. If and when Aspyr updates with a patch that hopefully removes much of the resource hogging, I can easily give this 4 stars, but in it's current condition, I can only give it a 3, but I really feel it's more of a 2 right now.

    ***UPDATE*** (10/31/2006)
    After applying the beta patch, I can easily give Civ 4 the 4 stars it deserves. Great game and Aspyr really shows how to make games on the Mac work.
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    89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, crash, back to fun July 6, 2006
    Platform for Display:Mac|Verified Purchase
    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    I'm a huge fan of the various incarnations of Civilization. The other reviewers are correct -- ignore the system requirements at your peril and get as much RAM as you can! Speed is fine on a brand new Core Duo iMac. I experienced my first Mac OS X crash since Mac OS X Beta years ago when I increased the graphics settings. I backed them down a bit and things have been fine since.

    Other than that one (serious) glitch, the game is great and I am losing whole blocks of time to Civ IV the way I did to previous versions of the game.

    UPDATE: The new patch (1.62a) seems to have addressed the crash problem, although I have noticed minor problems with some graphics and audio. It is an improvement, but there are still some things that need to be addressed.
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    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Gameplay, Not Graphics June 25, 2011
    Platform for Display:Mac Download|Verified Purchase
    Some games are just fun to play, regardless of whether they have the "bleeding edge" graphics that strain almost every PC or Mac. In short: Civilization IV is a fantastic turn-based strategy game.

    In a traditional game, you begin as a fledgling civilization just abandoning your nomadic ways and eventually go from a small colony to a world power. Are you going to be a despot wielding a huge military power? Will you be the cultural center of your world? Will you rush to develop new technologies faster than your competitors? Will you become an economic powerhouse or will you forge alliances with the various other tribes and come to a place of prominence in international politics? It's your choice in Civ IV.

    Regardless of the path you choose, Civ. IV requires you to use your wits to ensure that your foothold in the new world is secure. In additional to the traditional game, you have a wide variety of options. Want to start in the space age with modern technology and weaponry? You can do that. Want to play through some historical campaigns? There are a number of preloaded scenarios. Can you take over the helm of the American revolution and beat back the British? Why not give it a shot, you budding Washington you.

    True quality stands the test of time. Yes, the graphics are from the mid 2000's, but what does that matter if the game is fun to play? I appreciate the new games with their incredible graphics and sound, but my point is you won't notice that the graphics aren't bleeding edge in games with quality gameplay and replay-ability. That's what Civ. IV is. It's well-worth the price.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but broken on powerpc (G4, G5) July 9, 2006
    Platform for Display:Mac
    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    This *is* the best civilization game to date, Fraxis did a good job in making it both more realistic and playable. It's a great deal of fun!

    However, Aspyr did a very *poor* port of the game. While the windows version runs on machines 2+ years old, the mac version only runs on the *latest* hardware. Performance is slow and painful on an iMac G5 and worse on G4 machines. Aspyr needs to release a patch soon to fix this game.

    Updated 7/21/06

    Seems that there has been an update to version beta 1.61 Rev A. This does fix a lot of the speed issues on powerpc. Could be faster, but still appreciated since now the game is playable. However, there still are quite a few bugs in this release, and seeing that this is a beta release, Aspyr still has a way to go.
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    56 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    Platform for Display:Mac
    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
    Ignore the system requirements at your own risk, because this thing runs like a fat sow on any machine more than a few months old. On my iMac G5 bought just a year ago, it's effectively unplayable at even the lowest graphics settings -- and that's at only 2000 BC! I won't even attempt to see what it's like with a full, modern world. Very disappointing.

    UPDATE: Performance is massively improved by the 1.61 patch (released on 31 July 2006), but it still slows down quite a bit after a few thousand years. As before, ignore the system requirements at your own risk.
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    102 of 129 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hold Out with Civ3 Complete Instead August 21, 2006
    By Kevbo
    Platform for Display:Mac
    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    In late 2002, I took a second job at a major electronics retailer and decided to use my employee discount on what looked like a cool game: Civilization III. That game changed my life... in the gaming sense. It was everything I ever thought a computer game should be: turn-based strategy with multiple avenues to test my ego and self-promoted genius. Above all features of Civ3, however, my most favorite was the customization of the game through the map editor and the wonderful online resources of the Civ community. (I've downloaded more Civ3 files than MP3s.) This allowed me to express my self-proclaimed genius with new rules, technologies, and units (and all the accompanying chronologies and requisites) at my discretion. Nothing could get any better, I had thought.

    When Civ4 was being talked about, however, I couldn't imagine on what grounds they could improve - except perhaps making the game even more customizable and thorough. Well, you've already read about the differing features of the game: less micro-management, more diplomatic and trade features, new technology trees, enhancing popular mechanics found in previous Civ titles, and of course, going 3D with it all.

    When playing Civilization IV, you sense an overwhelming POTENTIAL to be a really great game. In my mind, that potential has not been fulfilled, and I hereby advise you to purchase Civ3 Complete instead and forego Civ4 if you haven't chosen so already.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Yosemite
    Despite the description saying "Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher" this does not work with the latest OS X version, Yosemite. Read more
    Published 2 hours ago by tcash
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Will not work on any mac that is not very old-- they should warn you of that.
    Published 4 days ago by John D. Miller
    1.0 out of 5 stars So money wasted..
    Apparently this download will not work on the new Yosemite for Mac. So money wasted... Don't download and please let me know if I missed something. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Travis N Duffin
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    No idea how good/bad it is, since it doesn't work with OS X Yosemite 10.10.1
    Published 13 days ago by PKoStyle
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with OS 10.10.1
    This will not work on OS 10.10.1 and Aspyr is fully aware of the problem though they make no mention of it here. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Heather
    1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out. This is not compatible with Yosemite
    Watch out. This is not compatible with Yosemite, even though the website says it is.
    Published 21 days ago by Jacob C. Lyell
    3.0 out of 5 stars An OK game to me
    I love to play Age of Empires and this wasn't as interesting as that when it comes to graphics and game play. But, it has a lot of strategy than Age of Empires.
    Published 3 months ago by Swaroop Alamandha
    5.0 out of 5 stars A solid port of a wonderful game
    If the rating scale was 1 to 10, I would give the MAC version of this excellent game a 9 for minor interface and graphic issues. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Boukis Miliecus
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    eh, outdated.
    Published 3 months ago by couchpotatoes
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Just too mundane and boring
    Published 5 months ago by Brian H. Beims
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