Monday, 24 May 2010

Gamingheap Review - Civilization Revolution (DS)

Sid Meiers has been creating Civilization games for a while now. My first experience of playing one of his, from the ground up, games was last year - Civilization Revolution!

Basically, the rough concept of these games, is that you are in charge of your own civilization whether it be Genghis Khan of the Mongol Empire or Nelson of the French Empire you'll attempt to lead your civilization to victory! First of all, you'll select one of the civilization leaders and then you can begin...

Starting with your capital you can either train troops or construct buildings. Most buildings give you a bonus such as, Banks times your money production by 4 in the city it's built in and Aquaducts promote growth in the city they're built in. You also have the option to build wonders of the world such as Stonehenge or, later on in the game, The Manhatten Project which rewards you with a large nuclear missile which can totally annihilate the city it is fired upon whether it belongs to friend or foe.

There are 4 ways of winning a game:

- Domination Victory: All other civilization's palaces have been taken during warfare.

- Technological Victory: You have constructed a space shuttle (SS) and have launched it to Alpha Centauri.

- Cultural Victory: You have 20 great people, wonders of the world or converted cities.

- Economical Victory: You have 20,000 Gold Pieces in your treasury.

Great people appear randomly in your cities but the more wonders and buildings you have the more common they will become.
Culture is needed to maintain a sophisticated civilization and can be produced by temples and cathedrals built in your cities. Sometimes you'll even uncover a secret like atlantis and unlock special bonuses like a few free technologies and a free unit, usually a tank.

Technologies play a big role in this game as you need to learn them to build different buildings and train better units - without them your civilization will fall down in war and have a bad economy.

This game has definitely taken up over 50 hours of my time and i still enjoy defeating my foes (especially Nelson of France)!

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