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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Platform: Mac

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.

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.

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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.

Product Information

Platform:Mac
ASIN B000FEYG7O
Release date June 30, 2006
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3.2 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20,328 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
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Platform for Display: Mac
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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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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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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Despite the description saying "Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher" this does not work with the latest OS X version, Yosemite.

You get this error message: "You can’t use this version of the application “Civilization IV” with this version of OS X." and it is documented elsewhere on the web. I should have done more research.

Furthermore, I don't see how to "return" online downloads, so I guess I just wasted a few bucks. Oh well, I hope someone else sees this before they download.
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Platform for Display: Mac
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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Platform for Display: Mac
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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