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Civilization IV - Mac

by Aspyr
Everyone 10+
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
  • 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
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FEYG7O
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: June 30, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,286 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Mac

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.

Features:

  • 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.

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.

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113 of 120 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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88 of 96 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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25 of 25 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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just too mundane and boring
Published 8 days ago by Brian H. Beims
5.0 out of 5 stars Performs as advertised.
Performs as advertised. Fun.
Published 19 days ago by Californiabelge
5.0 out of 5 stars ... being able to play it on a Mac is amazing.: )
I've played this game a long time ago and being able to play it on a Mac is amazing. :)
Published 19 days ago by Cody Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great game and fun to play. This game is good for all ages, it combines strategy as well as history to a great gaming experience for anyone. Works perfectly with my Macbook Pro.
Published 2 months ago by Price90
2.0 out of 5 stars Glitchy
I LOVE Civ 4, always have. I bought the mac download version a while ago but it suddenly became glitchy - all the links and buttons began to say FUNCTION_GAMEPLAY_KEY instead and I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Hur
1.0 out of 5 stars Corrupt download
I downloaded and installed and the product was corrupt. Maybe it was just my machine. But it didn't work for my.
Published 4 months ago by Kobayashi Maru
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun
I get sucked in to this game - no issues with crashes or bugs and I've played it for hours and hours. Great turn-based sim!
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Clementson
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it to work on my computer
I have a Mac OSX version 10.9.2 and I can't get it to play on my computer, I get error messages that say failed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jordan2380
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest game of all time, but Mac version not quite there
First I must say that I've played the Civilization franchise since it first came out. I have loved each iteration, except Civilization 5. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice update to the Civ series for MAC
I became addicted to Civ back when it was Civ I or II. I liked the simple interface. It didn't have too many bells and whistles because the hardware of those days usually couldn't... Read more
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