Not much has to be said about this game. Civilization is a classic, a cult game, as it were. This is the game that started it all. The idea was brilliant, and so was everything else. It has a fantastic introduction, while the number of units, civilizations to choose from, types of terrain, and ways of negotiating is enormous. In short: everything you need for a good strategy game.
Everything is completely customizable and it's possible to play this game over and over for an unlimited number of times, since it never repeats itself. Even if you do get bored after completing it dozens of times, after taking a break for a month you'll get an urge to start playing it again. The game is very complex, and you might want to give up after seeing the numerous options and loads of different menus, but my advice is that you don't.
At the beginning you get to choose your nation (Romans, Germans, Americans, etc.), level of difficulty, and number of civilizations (they don't necessarily have to be your opponents). In the game itself you start with a settler whom you use to found a city on a suitable spot (you will have help from pop-ups, and if you take your time reading them, everything should be pretty straightforward). Once you have built your city, you can build units and different buildings inside it; you can also start researching towards different inventions, starting from basic ones, such as The Wheel.
The goal is to build a spaceship and send it to Alpha Centauri. Once you have done that, you win the game. After that, you can either end the game or continue playing until you defeat all the other civilizations. As you can see, there is lots of action and excitement in this game. My advice is to download it right away!!
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