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Sid Meier's Civilization II

by MicroProse
Windows 98 / 95
Kids to Adults
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00002S8AV
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,680 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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.

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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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4.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pity My Wife, the Civ II Widow February 22, 2001
Satanically addictive, this is the Big Kahuna, the Be-All-End-All of the God games. I strongly recommend this game for the PC gamer who is more of a thinker, plotter, a closeted tyrant than the ubiquitous kill-'em-all shooter. I caveat this hearty recommendation with the very serious warning that if you take to this game, it will alter your time management and your approach to your free time. No, I don't live to get home and hit the Civ II, but my playing of this game has been a significant part of my free time since I picked it up in 1995.
The basic concept is to explore the world, develop your civilization, undertake and endure challenges, and eventually either conquer the world or successfully escape to Alpha Centauri. This is how you "win" the game.
The game itself is somewhat complicated, despite the tutorial and available pop-up helpful hints. Sit down and read the manual a couple of times before you get seriously into the game. The manual itself is a bit rambling, and to my mind poorly organized. Both the table of contents and index do not lend themselves to quickly finding comprehensive answers to questions that arise as you play the game. There is also a large-format fold-out poster describing units, terrain, and civilization advances. This poster is helpful, but only once you have really begun to understand the more esoteric workings of the game.
There are some surprisingly sophisticated nuances to the game, such as submarines being able to carry cruise missiles, and the ability of spies to bribe units/cities, and to repel the espionage attempts of enemy diplomats and spies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The II in "Civilization II" Does mean twice as good. November 10, 1999
By A Customer
If you have played Civilization and loved it like I did you will not be able to stop playing this! There are so many more options and strategies to do. When you get this you have to try the different scenarios like "After the Apocalypse" and "Atlantis". There are about 26 different scenarios. There are now many more Wonders of the Worlds. You have to try this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only strategy game that ever mattered. January 3, 2001
This is THE word in strategy gaming. I find it hard to believe that anyone who has been playing war games for very long has missed this one. In my opinion, this is the best game ever made, for any platform. Civilization is based on the original game "Empire" by interstel. In "Empire" you controlled armies that invaded foreign lands - discovering as you conquered. In Civilizations I and II, you build an empire from the ground up. Political, economic, scientific, military, and social issues abound. If I were to encounter an alien who did not understand anything about human culture, I would give him/her a copy of Civ II with a Pentium 300 and check back with them in 3 months.
Unfortunately they would probably have taken over the world by then....
Shawn
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best computer games made ever December 5, 1999
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This is without any doubt one of the bast computer games made ever. And I don't just mean one of the best strategy titles, but allround games. I played Civ I for over 3 years! and I was very sceptic about this new version of the game. But I must say that this game is soooooooo mush better that the first one. Buy it, and be preparred to lose you sleep from now on... (for at sci-fi version of Civ II look up Alpha Centauri)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civilization 2 December 26, 2000
Civilization is by far the greatest strategy game ever created. I have never been so transfixed by any video game like this before. Since the first time I saw the very first Civilization I was hooked. I love this game....creating and controling your very own civlization......what could be better. To anyone who likes to play strategy games, I highly recommend any and all of the Civilization games.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get bored of this game January 9, 2004
I've been playing Civ since 1995, when I first managed to get a copy of the original game.
I like to compare Civ with the movie The Godfather. I think Civ was to strategy gaming what The Godfather was to gangster movies. However, Godfather Part II is a more epic movie. Well, so is Civ 2. A much more complex game, that fully beats Civ!
I've been playing for 9 years, and I still enjoy one whole night playing a Civ 2 game.
Civ 2 has changed me so much as a game, and I would rank among the best ones.
P.S. Godfather Part III wasn't so good, so isn't Civ 3 mainly because it is slow. Civ 2 goes right into the game right off the bat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a common refrain for players of this insanely addictive game. If you've played it then no doubt you've had your own experience of a time warp. Start with a humble little band of settlers and after hours of pushing back the darkness of your unexplored surroundings don't be surprised to find yourself totally engossed; perhaps in a massive civilizational war with one of the opposing tribes or involved in a desperate effort to hold things together in the face of unhappy citizens, polluted cities, scattered settlements and scare benefits. Researching, exploring, building, and conquering are your main activities. Time, decisions, choices are your main challenges. Tactically you are faced with deciding on location and number of cities. What tradeoffs are you going to make between city improvements and military forces? On the bigger strategic scale decide between war and peace and expansion or consolidation.
There are various approaches to winning, many wonders to be discovered, vast lands to be explored and hours of fun to be had. Just one more turn...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games ever made
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 more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Straightforward to use by any means...
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 9 months ago by Martin Last
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Satisfied
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Joshua Crews
5.0 out of 5 stars rare classic
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 18 months ago by Derek Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Will not work on Windows 8
This game will not work right off the bat with new computers. Check for compatibility before the purchase. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Camilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have played Civilization for 20 years; Civ II since it was first published. Misplaced my original copy; so I bought this one. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Bucolic Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the second time I have bought this game for my husband. His original one was used so much that he ended up breaking it. This is his favorite of the Civilization games.
Published on December 30, 2008 by Deborah Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
For pos computer's like mine Civ2 runs blazing fast. Yeah it is old and yeah civ3, 4 and so on rock... Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by P. Sorrentino
5.0 out of 5 stars No Civ game since has been as fun and engrossing as Civ II
Somehow even Sid Mier has never managed to match Civ 2. This was a can't stop 'til you drop game. Apparently, some people still think it is.
Published on December 21, 2007 by Anthony Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars love or hate
i loved the game i dont have it on my computer at home but my freind brout in to school last year and i love i have the best score
Published on July 3, 2006
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