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Galactic Civilizations (Windows)

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The galaxy had been linked together by stargates, allowing minimal travel between two very specific points in the galaxy. However in the late 21st century, the Humans of Earth enter the interstellar community by inventing the hyperspace drive. With the hyperspace drive allowing travel to previously uncolonized planets, a race is on to establish the largest empire and exploit choice minerals.

Galactic Civilizations is a 4X space strategy game where the player controls the human empire on a randomly generated map. The player must first name his civilization and choose a political party. Five other alien civilizations are your opponents: the Altarian Republic, the Yor Collective, the Drengin Empire, the Torian Confederation, and the Arcean Empire as well as a few minor extraterrestrial races.

Starting from a single planet, Earth must send colony ships to choice planets in order to expand it's control as well as explore and make contact with the other alien races. From there, the player must research new technologies, manage the economy, create military, send trade ships to other races, negotiate diplomatically, all while keeping an eye on the political approval rating. As the form of government becomes more democratic, the morale of the planets matters most in who they will elect for the next four years. Keeping control of the senate confers bonuses to the player. Only through successful management can the humans take their place among the galactic civilizations.


Galactic Civilizations Windows GNN reports at the beginning of the turn on what's been built.
Galactic Civilizations Windows Ship to Ship combat is handled on the main map of the galaxy.
Galactic Civilizations Windows Starting Animation.
Galactic Civilizations Windows Standard invasion tactics using only conventional weapons.

Alternate Titles

  • "银河文明" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Галактические Цивилизации" -- Russian spelling
  • "GalCiv" -- Common title

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The Press Says

GameSpot Mar 26, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Apr 08, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2003 82 out of 100 82 Sep 12, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Withingames Apr 29, 2003 4 out of 5 80 Sep 04, 2003 77 out of 100 77
GameZone Apr 17, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Watcher Aug 12, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Joystick (French) Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GamesFire Feb 28, 2005 66 out of 100 66


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This is a remake of Stardock's original game effort, a space-based 4X game of the same name for OS/2, developed in 1993.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2004 - #9 Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – PC Turn-Based Strategy Game of the Year
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Cabeza2000 (691) added Galactic Civilizations (Windows) on Jun 29, 2003