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Civilization: Call to Power - PC

by Activision See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001N2OM
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,119 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Civilization: Call to Power spans from primitive history to the techno-future of 3000 A.D. Experience new units such as Genetics, the Spaceplane, the Superconductor, the Nanite, and more. Your goal is to lead a conquest of land, water, and space, where every choice affects your future world.

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Welcome to Civilization: Call to Power. Build an empire to span history from primitive beginnings into the sci-fi future of 3000 A.D. Lead your turn-based conquest on land, to the recesses of the ocean, and into the vastness of outer space.

Civilization: Call to Power is the next generation of world-building strategy games, offering more unique features than any other game in the genre. It features a 7,000-year time span reaching from primitive history to the future realms of science fiction.

The experience is further enriched with unique nonmilitary strategies, vivid graphics, an engaging multiplayer mode, and breakthrough empire management options. Civilization: Call to Power provides both new concepts, like military readiness, and new time-saving interface tools that simplify empire management, such as an advanced queuing system that frees you up to focus on the big picture.

Discover who among your friends will rule: Go head-to-head in multiplayer world building via the Internet, a local area network, modem to modem, or e-mail. But remember--in war, even friends can become enemies.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Animation, with Automated Tasks, and Lots of Fun November 17, 1999
I've been a fan of Civilization for years. In fact, I play almost no other game. Call to Power's graphics are greatly enhanced beyond those in CivII. The animations and sounds are really cool. This game offers many new units, city improvements, and wonders to build.
Call to Power adds the ability to establish production queues in each city and to maximize the exploitation of each city's resources at the touch of a button.
You now have the ability to build terrain improvements using a "Public Works" tax based on your total production. You no longer have to use settlers or engineers for this function.
You can now "stack" units for movement and battle. A battle window pops up with close-up animation of the battle scene. This is pretty cool, with the animation and sounds.
The interface takes a while to get used to, however. If you're not paying attention, you can send a unit off on a long trek across the map.
I have a 400 MHz PC and have to turn off some of the animation features later in the game to keep the graphics from getting too sluggish. I can only imagine how the game would play on a slower machine.
Overall, though, this is a really fun game. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Civilization.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Call to power more accurate in the historical sense. January 9, 2000
Civilization: Call to Power makes some needed changes to the "Civ" line. The previous games were very well done, and nicely balanced. But they were more like games. The addition of the "dirty tricks" units is a reflection of the history of empire building and technological advancement.
Take for instance the slaver unit. The slaver unit can travel to other cities and steal the population from them, giving their civilzation more manpower. If the victim civilisation is not careful, they will be crippled from the outset. Just like the Portrugese (and others) in Africa. Historicaly whole african empires were decimated. However, those that use slaves in the game must be careful. If someone creates the abolitionist, it is pretty much all over for the slave using nation economicly. Just like Portugal. So CTP reflects the fact that some civilizations in the real world did not get far due to another's dirty tricks.
As militray units go, combined mixed forces have always fared better then more technologicly advanced units. And just because a unit is more advanced than another does not mean that it will always win. Look at the Native Americans. Look at the Scottish fighting under William Wallace. Look at the Philipenos durring the 16th century. CTP mirrors this fact quite well. Greater numbers employing several modes of attack will always destroy lesser numbers employing one method of attack. And then there is also random chance. I thought that the terrain defence modifiers were very accurate. A city built on a mountain, with walls and three phalanxes is almost impossible for anyone to take!
As for the graphics, I think CTP is a great improvement. The interface is much easier to use on the management level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money - Buy Alpha Centauri November 11, 1999
By "adw"
This game is a VERY VERY poor follow on in the Civilization genre. All they did was make the game more turns (and therefore more tech adv). They added a number of sub rosa attacks. User Interface was tough to get used to for moving units. (I often ended up clicking a unit into a long move series...) Finally, the end game graphics stunk...
In fairness, their trade model is better, as well as the tile improvements model (no more enigneers/settlers). They kept capitalization and infrastructure (from Civ II). Very good is the ability to save a production queue to use later.
Go to the Alpha Centauri page now and buy that instead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civilization CTP May 4, 2000
The Civilization collection is one of the best of all time. This has the same idea as civ 2 and family but has a diffrent game play. The game has changes in three major ways; 1, you now use the mouse alot more instead of the keyboard. 2, Instead of seattlers to build roads you now use Public Works or PW. I like this idea of the game better. 3, you can now bombard units. You basically attack them without attempting to take over their square. This is one of my favorite additions. The diplomatic options are better and you can build more units and improvements. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone anyone who likes straitgy games
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet? August 10, 2000
By A Customer
In my opinion, this game is the best one of all the various Civilization games and close cousins. It is much more realistic and (therefore) challenging - a wide suite of governments, new units, and wider range of actions and consequences. It also has eliminated some of the most annoying and limiting features of other civilization games, the most notable of which is allowing a string of city improvements to be specified (and, applied to other cities in similar stages of development). On the whole I heartily recommend it to anyone who are looking for more than zowie graphics or blowing up aliens for hours on end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nearly unplayable user interface December 4, 1999
By A Customer
As a serious addict of the previous Civilization games, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, the user interface is so agonizingly slow and unwieldy that I've never been able to muster the patience to get past the medieval era. Their main priority seems to have been beautifying the look of the screen (and they even failed at that, in my opinion -- the graphic design is pretty cheesy), but as a side-effect they made the game unplayable. There is no excuse for software that takes a 10- or 20-second disk access to bring up a menu on the screen. Even making allowances for the fact that my PC is slightly out of date, the graphics are just really hard to make out visually, especially the teensy-weensy icons of military units that show up on the dashboard. I eventually started getting used to the hard-to-read map and the confusing, multi-layered controls, but they were a big barrier to getting started. The whole timeI just kept wishing for the old interface. To be fair, they have made an effort to automate some of the repetitive tasks, but at the same time they cut down on the number of user actions by 30-40%, they made the user interface so crusty that every action takes literally 10 times longer to accomplish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Civilization
This product crashes but its not the sellers fault it's the manufactor of the game. This game and version although is good has been known to crash
Published 19 months ago by rex chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Love the game for years glad to have a copy back with the book and chart awesome, more than I expected
Published 23 months ago by Kevin Hoagland
4.0 out of 5 stars Played this for hours!
On my old XP system. Never was able to get this to run under Win7. That's sad because I like id a little better than CTP2.
Published on December 7, 2012 by Michael L. Mize
3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't run on windows 7
Sadly, this doesn't run on the latest version of Windows. This was one of my favorite games. I love it more than the other Civilization games, fresher, a lot more fun, and a little... Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by A. Berg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but with some problems
While it may have "Civilization" in the title, "Civilization: Call to Power" is actually not a member of the "Civ" line of games. Read more
Published on January 3, 2010 by Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars Control Freaks Need Games, Too.
If you know someone with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and you're tired of having them straighten the fringe on the rugs around the house, buy them this game. Read more
Published on November 30, 2004 by alan hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game always come back to it my favou0ite -Tyler
I am 14 and This is a great game it took me a little while to figure out and the first time i played the tutitorial i got murdered in a couple of minutes but i was patient i gt the... Read more
Published on April 7, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 2-3 best games I've played
This game was recommended by a friend, who'd played all of the Civ games. It was my first experience of turn based strategy. And WHAT A BANG it made!!! Read more
Published on July 10, 2003 by mdsmedia
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than people think
It seems some people don't like Call to Power because it's not Sid Meir's Civilzation, but that's exactly the point: It's a different game. Read more
Published on November 11, 2002 by William McNeill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value in light of other Civ titles
I reviewed this game at the same time Civ3 was out (which I have not played.) I find CivCTP to be just as addicting as any of the earlier versions. Read more
Published on September 27, 2002 by K. Fong
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