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Civilization 4: Gold Edition - Mac

by Aspyr
Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X
Everyone 10+
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • 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. Gameplay Faster-Paced Fun - Gameplay has been streamlined for a tighter, faster, and more compelling experience. , Great

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  • ASIN: B001XVC4T0
  • Item Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 12, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,421 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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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.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By xris
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Issues with this game on OSX: 1) graphics glitches: units and terrain will suddenly turn black and you can't see the game. restarting the fixes this for me. 2) it runs very slowly (eg. combat animation) even on a brand new late 2009 macbook pro (the bizarre focus on these graphics aside, given this is a turn-based strategy game). 3) multiplayer simply doesn't work for me. I click "register to play online" and the screen just hangs, doing nothing. 4) I figured maybe patches from the developers would resolve some of these issues, but it seems like they're exclusively focused on the windows users. I found a zip file via developer support pages that might contain an OSX patch but then got a MySQL error from the download server link. I feel these glitches and lack of technical support are a bit ridiculous for the price tag of the game. I was a huge fan of early versions of the game and would recommend that people not buy Civ 4 for OSX and wait for a subsequent version that lacks the glitches and comes with OSX support, if that time will ever come.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisions Improve the game February 2, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently purchased Civ 4 Gold and the expansion disc 'Beyond the Sword'. Although I find this version interesting, it just is not up to the playable standards of previous versions. I dearly wish I had not given away my copy of Civ 3 because that version is superior to Civ 4. Aside from the strange feeling of being removed a step from the actual game play which was not a factor in previous versions, Civ 4 has 3 major faults: 1. The 3D map effects add nothing to game play and often gets in the way. This graphic upgrades were unnecessary. 2. The lack of a printed manual is a significant handicap for a game that relies on accessible information. Sorry, the CivEncyclopedia just isn't good enough. 3. The need to have the disk inserted to play is a major drawback. Backup disks do not work. This is especially a handicap for laptop users. Overall, because I like the game's traditional idea of developing a civilization, I have rated this version as '3 stars', but for older fans of the genre consider this a '2 star' game' and keep your older version if your computer can support it.

UPDATE: I recently updated my copy of Civ IV to the Civ IV Complete Edition. This is a great improvement to the original. No longer is it necessary to carry around a disk to insert in your optical drive and the software updates have added needed revisions to game play. Civ IV Complete is a worthy successor to Civ III which can no longer be played on legacy Macs. I wish I can say the same about Civ V, which I also own, and currently rests unplayed gathering digital dust because I made the mistake of buying it via Steam. I still wish for a printed manual but at least a PDF manual is now available.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the download instead January 26, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I didn't do my research, and I didn't realize that you needed the DVD in the drive each time you play the game. What a load of crayola, I should have bought the downloaded version. The game itself is wicked fun, the best of the series (better than Civ 5 too).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun after the learning curve January 31, 2010
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
After playing Rise of Nations years back I wanted to buy a similar strategy game. I like 2K, so I assumed this would be the one, but after putting a few hours into the tutorial and two hours into the single play, I just couldn't get the game play. After forcing myself to spend a few more hours, the game play is fun and almost similar to Rise of Nations. There are four ways to win, territorial, conquer, time based and another I cant recall. The tutorial is short and not enough to understand each aspect of the game. Do as I did, go through the tutorial once, play one game on a beginner level and then return back to the tutorial to understand it. I have a MAC and games are limited, so as with many games, you have to put some time into it to appreciate it. I'm guilty of judging this game too quickly, but I dont have a lot of time to spend on one particular game. Overall, if you have a MAC and enjoy strategy game, this one will consume your life. The 3D graphics are nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on my late 08 MBP 13.3" 4Gb , OSX 10.6.5 December 4, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great game what else is there to say.This is the first civ I have played and it is everything I expected and more.With this version I did experience the graphics issues (black terrain and transparent faces) but once I added civ 4 Beyond the Sword and turned off the anti-aliasing those issues went away COMPLETELY.Now I am free to irradiate my neighboring countries to my hearts content.Don't let reports of bad graphics issues sway you. If you tinker with the graphics options and get civ4 BTS you can play this game and I promise you will not be able to STOP playing either.I cannot count the nights I said I would turn it off at midnight only to glance at the clock and see it was 3 AM. Man, I have GOT to start getting some sleep.........oh well one more turn can't possibly hurt...................
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'll give this game a B December 22, 2010
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I find the game to be interesting and challenging. However, the graphics could be much better. Especially on my mac. Right in the middle of the game the some tiles go black and some of the characters are no longer rendered. Sometimes this can be fixed by zooming out and zooming back in on the map, but I find this tedious and distracting. I also hate how sometimes the narration just gives up and goes away in the middle of the game (though some may consider it a relief from the inane comments). While I enjoyed playing the game, these irritating elements took away from the overall experience. I find it surprising considering how long it has been since the game came out.

B+ for game play.
B- for graphics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The game is excellent, easy learning curve.
I played this for years on the PC and missed it so much that I bought it for MAC. this is my favorite game on computer.
Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I used to play Civ back when I was a kid and I bought this game based on nostalgia. Although it is fun, these games can be quite repetitive, just to let you know if you are a first... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Goossens
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
It is one of my favorite games. I still play this joint. I still be getting col slingshot. I still be getting pyramids if i have stone in my fatcross
Published 10 months ago by Peter Straus
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many bells & whistles
I have to admit, I was reluctant to like this version of Civ. I was quite happy with Civ III, thank you very much, but had to upgrade when I upgraded my Mac. I am still reluctant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ArtWordsTea
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not work on newer Macs.
Bought this for my new Macbook Pro, w/ Lion. It will not load the disk. Tried disk on desk top w/ Leopard and loaded. I would not purchase if you intend on using with newer OS.
Published 20 months ago by Amy
1.0 out of 5 stars :(
did not work on my newer iMac, had to download it to play it. but oh well so goes cheap things
Published 21 months ago by anon
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldy but goody
great fun to while away the hours. ever want to just blow away a day or so doing nothing but planning to take over the world little by little, well look no further. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carey Feazel
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for students
The game is interesting. If you are a student and you want to understand more about the world, here you are. Unfortunately for me, as a game, it's a bit boring...
Published 22 months ago by Valeriano Barbara
3.0 out of 5 stars works on my mac
This works great on my mac. As a first game for me in the series its a bit complicated to learn and games take all day. Having played AOE 1, 2 ,3 this game is a lot more complex. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Weather Nut
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Came as advertised. Really liked it, played it a lot, will keep playing it, glad I bought it. Aspyr Media
Published 23 months ago by Charles S. Hampton
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