Civilization IV - Mac
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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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- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is crazy, you buy the game for a MAC, but the only way you can download it through Amazon, and the Download Dashboard is for (for PC only)...... DUH?Published 7 days ago by Dennis Maroney
This doesn't work on El Capitan. It requires you to roll back a few OS, which is fine for play I guess, however any expansions do NOT work that way.Published 8 days ago by KarmaG
Love the CIV series this one is not as good as the 3 but better than the 5 for sure !Published 1 month ago by Israel Hernandez
it come with no way to regretter the game you pay they money download it and it ask you to product code. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ariel
Doesn't work with latest Mac operating systems. Waste of money.Published 2 months ago by Fletcher Ray
Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a great improvement over Civ III, which I enjoyed regularly since it's initial release. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
game will not install on Yosemite. says it is not compatible with my version of mac. i have also contacted customer support from Aspyr but i have yet to receive any response. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Blake Herring
I have played this game for years on my PC (windows version). We recently got a brand new IMac. I downloaded this version to my BRAND NEW IMac and it will not play. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Sinopoli