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Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution for Nintendo DS is the latest offering in the legendary, award-winning Sid Meier's Civilization series of strategy games, featuring the famous "just one more turn" addictive gameplay that has made this one of the greatest game series of all time. Civilization Revolution gives you the opportunity to experience the epic world-building of Civilization in a brand-new way. Designed from the ground up by the legendary Sid Meier and his team at Firaxis, you will enjoy new graphics, gameplay and control. Go head-to-head with history's greatest leaders as you wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.
Top Customer Reviews
The gameplay is seamless and very intuitive. There are a couple small glitches, but they don't affect the gameplay.
Graphics are basic, but don't detract from the game and definitely get the job done, and are good by DS standards.
For me the game was incredibly addicting, and I had a hard time getting on with the rest of my life for a week or so haha! Very replayable.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The graphics are a little crude, which is surprising considering how nice some other recent DS titles look and how well-designed the full version of Civ now looks. (As of July 10th, 2008, Amazon is showing the PC/console version of the game in the screencaps above, so don't be fooled.) I don't mind the cartoon look of the characters, but the pixellated edges and dull blue top screen image between turns looks less than stellar. That would never make me NOT play this game, though, ha ha.
In general, the DS version feels like it's something between Age of Empires for the DS and the console/PC version of Civ.
The game is very low in graphics as well as units and buildings. They hand picked one unit from each era for each type, ie one horseback, one defense, one offense, one catapult type. This is fine, as it keeps it simple, good for stacking armies.
What I dislike the most about this game is that it doesn't allow custom games which is how I normally play on the PC. Its allways snaking continents with some islands. You also don't have workers, which is good and bad, you just pay for a road from one city to the next. Expect to have fewer cities than your used to as well, I guess this is to help the game move faster.
Its a good game, but doesn't touch the last PC version. I have yet to see Revolution on another system, perhaps I will have different opinions about those.
Cons: Play ends after so many turns, the historical stuff is cringe worthy, minor touch screen issues.
This is probably one of the best titles available on the Nintendo DS. I've played it several times -- the replay value is very high because each time you play it, it is a different experience. There are four different ways of winning. You can win a Cultural Victory by obtaining a certain number Great Person, Wonders of the World, and converted enemy cities, a Technological Victory by obtaining a certain number of technologies, an Economic Victory by obtaining a certain amount of gold, or a Domination Victory by capturing enemy capitals. There is a lot of strategy involved in which civilization you choose to be as well because the different civilizations have different advantages. One civilization might start the game with a cathedral, giving them a cultural advantage, while another might start with stronger warriors, giving them a military advantage. You can also play scenarios in which the game works differently -- for example a scenario in which barbarians are more aggressive or a scenario in which naval battles play a larger part. The diversity of ways to play is probably this game's biggest advantage.
The game is a bit simplified from larger console versions, but this works well for a DS game. Playing through a campaign typically last a couple of hours which means that you can pick up the game a play it in an afternoon. The graphics aren't high end, but they serve their purpose well. The menus all work well making micro-managing your civilization a breeze.
Occasionally, tapping on the touch screen isn't as precise as I'd like it, causing my troops to move in ways that I don't want them to move, but this doesn't happen often. I have to admit, that my inner historian cringes when Chicago is sitting right next to London and Gandhi is talking to Alexander the Great, but I can see why they made the game this way and the attributes that are given to each civilization actually make sense.
This game's biggest problem is that if you haven't won in a certain number of turns, the game just ends. I do not know why the game is made this way because given enough time, someone would invariably win. It is very annoying to be playing and planning and then be told that the game will end in 5 turns.
Still, this is a fun, complex game that can be played over and over again. 5- stars.