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Build a powerful civilization that will thrive and dominate, then travel to new worlds to continue your epic journey of conquest into the unknown. Civilization II: Test of Time takes you where no civilization game has ever ventured, and the challenge awaits those who dare to reshape history, legend, and the future. Build, conquer, and defend. Lead the world through clever diplomacy and ruthless strength! This civilization includes three epic games covering 10 worlds with all-new civilization adventure, strategy, and game play.
After the disappointing example set by X-COM 2, many gamers expected Civilization II to be nothing more than Sid Meier's original game with a few new graphics tacked on. Others were worried that the game's designers would stray too far from the path, and would ruin the spectacular play balance that made Civilization such a hit. In the end, the design team at Microprose managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game's addictive qualities.
Although players familiar with the original Civilization will probably be able to jump in and start playing right away, a swarm of new features definitely warrants a few minutes with the manual. What players will most likely notice first is the much greater number of races to choose from, including the Sioux, the Carthaginians, and the Chinese, as well as a customizing option that lets you create any personal favorites the designers may have missed. This time around, cultural variations are also represented onscreen by four different city growth patterns. The fantastic number of new combat units adds limitless possibilities, as players figure out new ways to use marines (who can attack from the sea), cruise missiles, paratroopers, and even religious fanatics to their best advantage. For those who grew tired of the chaotic battlegrounds of the original game (remember when that chariot took out your battleship?), there's a new warfare system that gives units a score in both firepower and hit points for more realistic combat results. All of these features combine to give the game a powerful depth, and enough variation to ensure that players will be loading this one up for months to come.
Plenty of little details in Civilization II are also worth noting: an improved graphics set featuring a three-quarters viewpoint similar to Syndicate or Crusader, entertaining sound effects that range from the trumpet of an elephant to the air raid sirens of an atomic attack, full-motion video clips for each of the civilization advances, and a full map editor that enables players to design their own fields of conquest. Although the game suffers from its lack of multiplayer options, there's really nothing available that can compete with its depth of play, subtlety of challenge, and pure addictive potential. The fact is, if you're a strategy fan, you've already bought this game, and if you're not, this title could turn you around. --Trent C. Ward/SpotMedia Communications
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Sorry, the game didn't run on Windows 7, and I couldn't find an app that would fix it. I really liked Civ II many years ago, partly because you could change the landscape - change... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margaret Delfeld
LOVE the game, but it's VERY difficult to set up a modern computer to run it. That should have been made MUCH more clear by sellers as I can't imagine many people expect to have to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Andrew Alexander
I have played this game since it came out. 20 years later and I still play this game every now and then because it is so simple, yet has incredible replay ability. Read morePublished 16 months ago by (+)
It needed A LOT of Patches to make it run properly.I went onto a website for game users initially and they said it could not even be run....Published 22 months ago by Martin Last
The product arrived in a timely manner and has fully satisfied my expectations. The only opportunity for improvement I could perceive would be a copy of the instruction book. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Joshua Crews
I don't play many games, but this is one I keep coming back to. Grateful I found one to work on my XP.Published on January 9, 2013 by Derek Mitchell
This game will not work right off the bat with new computers. Check for compatibility before the purchase. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Camilo
I have played Civilization for 20 years; Civ II since it was first published. Misplaced my original copy; so I bought this one. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Bucolic Bob