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Sid Meier's Civilization II

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows 3.x
94
4.3
Windows
93
4.1
Macintosh
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3.8

User Reviews

The best Pc Game ever made. Hands down Windows William Shawn McDonie (1152)
Caution: May Be Habit-Forming!!! Windows Aaron of Minneapolis (4)

No reason to play this if you own the PC version.

PlayStation Entorphane (369)
A Good Strategy Game Windows AstroNerdBoy (40)
Beyond any doubt or question the best video game ever created, for any platform. Windows Rick Jones (108)
Probably, the most addictive game in the world. Windows Craig Tanswell (18)
Better than the first one Windows Yeah Right (57)
One of the best strategy games ever. Windows Vincent Valentine (25)
Addictive is not always good. Windows Ran Prieur (19)
Jumped the shark Windows B Jones (14)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 3 3.8
PlayStation 40 3.2
Windows 260 4.1
Windows 3.x 20 4.3
Combined MobyScore 323 4.0


The Press Says

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100
WindowsThe DOS Spirit
Styrken til Civilization II er alle de forskjellige mulighetene man har til å påvirke sin sivilisasjon. Disse valgmulighetene bidrar derfor til at man får stor spillglede og hundrevis av timer med underholdning. Vi i dosspirit.net kan derfor ikke gjøre annet enn å anbefale Civilization 2 på det sterkeste!
100
Windows 3.xThe DOS Spirit
Styrken til Civilization II er alle de forskjellige mulighetene man har til å påvirke sin sivilisasjon. Disse valgmulighetene bidrar derfor til at man får stor spillglede og hundrevis av timer med underholdning. Vi i dosspirit.net kan derfor ikke gjøre annet enn å anbefale Civilization 2 på det sterkeste!
100
Windows 3.xComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The biggest problem for me was the lack of a multiplayer engine of any kind, particularly given that CIVNET is already up and functioning. Also, it's too bad the computer can't just concede defeat when you've amassed an insurmountable lead, so you don't have to slog through hours of uncompetitive play just to see the victory screen. Still, this is a minor quibble. On the whole, CIV II is a spectacularly addictive and time-consuming sequel worthy of its predecessor. I had to delete CIVILIZATION from my hard drive to fit this game on, and I suspect that CIV II will stay on my hard drive until (if) CIV III comes along.
100
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The biggest problem for me was the lack of a multiplayer engine of any kind, particularly given that CIVNET is already up and functioning. Also, it's too bad the computer can't just concede defeat when you've amassed an insurmountable lead, so you don't have to slog through hours of uncompetitive play just to see the victory screen. Still, this is a minor quibble. On the whole, CIV II is a spectacularly addictive and time-consuming sequel worthy of its predecessor. I had to delete CIVILIZATION from my hard drive to fit this game on, and I suspect that CIV II will stay on my hard drive until (if) CIV III comes along.
100
WindowsAll Game Guide
You will want to play Civilization II over and over, as every game is different. Also included are a couple of pre-set scenarios to play out and a map editor, allowing you to build the perfect world.
100
MacintoshMac Gamer
Civilization II is a must-have game. Sales are already astonishing MacSoft. The old version was terrific; this is even better. Remember, though, that it is so engrossing that you may find yourself doing nothing else.
100
WindowsEntertainment Weekly
Like the original Civ, this enhanced version lets aspiring despots rule a kingdom of their own, starting in 4000 b.c. and working up to the modern era. Along the way you build new cities (in my case, Benburg and Benadelphia) and battle such historical figures as Catherine the Great and Mao Zedong. The cheat switch isn't the only cool new feature; Civ 2 offers graphics, live-action film clips, and an arsenal of advanced weapons. Today Benburg, tomorrow the world.
100
Windows 3.xPC Player (Germany)
Für Freizeitstrategen auf der Suche nach langfristiger Unterhaltung ist Civiliazion 2 ein Muß: Nirgends findet man einen ähnlich epischen Spielverlauf und kann so viele verschiedene Strategien anwenden.
100
WindowsHigh Score
Civilization II är så komplett och mångfasetterat att det är omöjligt att beskriva i ord. Varje beslut du fattar betyder stora förändringar för framtiden, och varje missat beslut kan innebära ett snöpligt slut för dina storslagna drömmar.
100
WindowsFZ
Jag antar att det är just det episka som tilltalade mig då och som gjort så sedan dess. Jag är en stor fan av spel som är rejält genomarbetade och anpassade för att kunna spelas många timmar om dygnet i en lång tid framöver, utan att upprepa sig självt allt för ofta. Jag tror slutligen att jag kan konstatera att det är dessa anledningar som gör att jag fortfarande älskar Civilization II. Jag råder er som har spelet liggandes hemma att plocka upp det och starta installationen. Skillnaden mellan Civ II och Civ IV är trots allt inte enorm, men som bonus i det förra får man den där underbara känslan av nostalgi.
100
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Für Freizeitstrategen auf der Suche nach langfristiger Unterhaltung ist Civiliazion 2 ein Muß: Nirgends findet man einen ähnlich epischen Spielverlauf und kann so viele verschiedene Strategien anwenden.
94
WindowsGamezilla
While those looking for a revolutionary new game may not be entirely satisfied, any serious gamer who can even imagine enjoying this game probably will. While Microprose did not build an entirely new beast with this game, I feel that they kept the best of the original and changed weaker points in regards to user input. If you find yourself still playing Civilization every once in a while, or even if you want to, get this game. It may not be perfect, but it's pretty darn good. In fact, if this were an original release (not a sequel), I think it would be given immediate enshrinement. It's a great game, and I give it a 94. It could be a little better, but I'm so busy looking at the things I like that it's hard to remember the things I don't. If only the Civ II Net Pack is a patch and not an entirely separate product, I'll be in heaven. And if I do hear that nasty Cyberdemon calling again, there's always the Aegis cruiser ...
93
Windows 3.xPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Civilization 2 heeft al het goede overgenomen van zijn reeds bejaarde broer. Je vindt alle verslavende elementen uit de eerste versie terug. Dat slaat natuurlijk borg voor uren speelplezier. Voor diegenen die niet tegen hun verlies kunnen, heeft Sid zelfs een volledig cheat-menu ingebouwd. Gewoon op de menu-balk, de cheat-optie aanzetten. Daarna kan je vrijwel alles wijzigen: de hele wereldkaart tonen en eventueel aanpassen, geld in kassa veranderen, bepaalde uitvindingen bezorgen, het jaartal vooruit zetten tot en met een hele natie uitroeien. Maar ja, wie gaat daar nu gebruik van maken. Alhoewel, die optie om het geld in de kassa aan te passen zou mij toch wel van pas komen. Dan kan ik stoppen met die geldtransporten te overvallen.
92
Windows 3.xGameSpot
The design team at Microprose has managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game's addictive qualities.
92
WindowsGameSpot
After the disappointing example set by X-COM 2, many gamers expected Civilization II to be nothing more than Sid Meier's original game with a few new graphics tacked on. Others were worried that the game's designers would stray too far from the path, and would ruin the spectacular play balance that made Civilization such a hit. In the end, the design team at Microprose managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game's addictive qualities.

91
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Civilization II is a brilliant game of economic strategy in which you get to control your own destiny as well as that of your people. There is a lot riding on your every move, so you best plan accordingly...a tricky balance is a quirky thing and much more likely to crumble than it is to stay afloat. If you like strategy style games, there is nothing currently better on the Playstation than Civilization II. If you have always been curious about these types of game, there is a killer beginner's mode that will take you through the first steps in becoming a true world leader. Get this game, it's awesome!
90
WindowsEdge
Despite the title’s general excellence, there are, of course, dozens more things the designers could have done with Civilization 2 (a complex UN option would have been good, as would the ability to make lots of money quickly, in illegal ways), but they had to draw the line somewhere. Luckily they’ve drawn it at the point where the game isn’t a pointlessly radicle departure from the original, but is still a significant improvement. For a long-term challenge which changes every time a game is begun, Civ 2 cannot be more highly recommended. Even for those who can finish Civ on its highest skill level, there will be enough here to rekindle their interest.
90
MacintoshAll Game Guide
This is a great game, probably one of the best out there today. If you're into world-building sims, you must try this one.
90
Windows 3.xGamesmania
Also, ihr Möchtegern-Eroberer und Feldherren, die ihr irgendwann einmal davon geträumt habt, die Welt zu beherrschen, hier ist euer Spiel. Und alle anderen, die das ursprüngliche Civilization kennen ( ihr werdet nicht enttäuscht sein. Dieses Spiel ist eine solide Investition und wird in eurer Kollektion einen Ehrenplatz einnehmen. Kauft es, oder ihr werdet es bedauern.
90
WindowsGamesmania
Also, ihr Möchtegern-Eroberer und Feldherren, die ihr irgendwann einmal davon geträumt habt, die Welt zu beherrschen, hier ist euer Spiel. Und alle anderen, die das ursprüngliche Civilization kennen ( ihr werdet nicht enttäuscht sein. Dieses Spiel ist eine solide Investition und wird in eurer Kollektion einen Ehrenplatz einnehmen. Kauft es, oder ihr werdet es bedauern.
90
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Civilization 2 is awesome and addicting in everyway, it’s also only the second game for Windows 95 that was worth playing at all (the other being Ultima Online). If you loved the original, then set aside a few weeks to play out one of the large games on a high level. Civilization 2 is definitely one of the best games of the year!
90
WindowsPC Zone
There aren't too many games that offer such a wide variety of confrontations, especially those such as this, without any multiplayer options tagged on the side. Turn-based strategy has rarely been so well-handled. Even the graphics retain their original charm, and the atmosphere, guided by a suitably tribal soundtrack, still manages to cloud you in an epic battle for survival.
90
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Obwohl sich nicht viel geändert hat, ist Civ 2 sehr viel "abgerundeter" als der Vorgänger. Fragen, die früher nur durch die Anleitung oder diverse Lösungsbücher geklärt werden konnte, werden jetzt vom Programm selbst beantwortet. Will man beispielsweise nur genau die Technologien entwickeln, die schnellstmöglich zur Erfindung der Eisenbahn führen, so kann man die Hilfe-Funktion um zuverlässigen Rat bemühen. Die Neuerungen machen das Programm komplexer und lassen vor allem die Endphase des Spiels noch spannender werden als bisher. Fans von Civ 1 sollten auf jeden Fall zuschlagen, für alle anderen ist der Einstieg in das Spielprinzip jetzt bedeutend einfacher geworden.
88
Windows 3.xPower Play
Erste Befürchtungen, Civ 2 sei nichts weiter als ein erneuter Aufguß in „Gold“ oder „Deluxe“-Tradition, erwiesen sich bald als nichtig. Sei es der Karteneditor, die (zu wenigen) Szenarien oder die runderneuerte Grafik, der Kauf lohnt sich auch für Besitzer des Vorgängers. Alleine die Renovierung des Kampfsystems sorgt auch bei der zweiten Auflage für monatelangen Spielspaß. Daß die sowieso sehr reichliche Anzahl an Erfindungen, Weltwundern, Bauwerken, Stämmen, Ressourcen und Einheiten erneut gewachsen ist, mag zwar auf Anhieb gar nicht auffallen, verfeinert aber die ohnehin unvergleichliche Vielschichtigkeit von „Civilization 2“. Man merkt dem Programm einfach an, daß es bis ins kleinste Detail ausgeklügelt ist,. Das einzige größere Manko ist der Bedienkomfort, bei den Civilization 2 nicht ganz mit der vergleichbaren Konkurrenz mithalten kann.
88
WindowsPower Play
Erste Befürchtungen, Civ 2 sei nichts weiter als ein erneuter Aufguß in „Gold“ oder „Deluxe“-Tradition, erwiesen sich bald als nichtig. Sei es der Karteneditor, die (zu wenigen) Szenarien oder die runderneuerte Grafik, der Kauf lohnt sich auch für Besitzer des Vorgängers. Alleine die Renovierung des Kampfsystems sorgt auch bei der zweiten Auflage für monatelangen Spielspaß. Daß die sowieso sehr reichliche Anzahl an Erfindungen, Weltwundern, Bauwerken, Stämmen, Ressourcen und Einheiten erneut gewachsen ist, mag zwar auf Anhieb gar nicht auffallen, verfeinert aber die ohnehin unvergleichliche Vielschichtigkeit von „Civilization 2“. Man merkt dem Programm einfach an, daß es bis ins kleinste Detail ausgeklügelt ist,. Das einzige größere Manko ist der Bedienkomfort, bei den Civilization 2 nicht ganz mit der vergleichbaren Konkurrenz mithalten kann.
88
PlayStationFreak
חייבים? בתנאי כמובן, שאתם חובבי משחק אסטרטגיה מורכבים, אשר דורשים רק מעט פחות מאורך החיים הכולל שלכם, כדי לסיימם. חובבי פעולה, מירוצים או ספורט יעשו בחוכמה אם יתפסו מרחק מהמשחק התחרותי הזה, אשר עוסק בכיבושים אינטלקטואליים ואימפריות דמיוניות.
88
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Warum ist Civilization 2 so berühmt? Nicht fragen, kaufen! Inzwischen können Sie Ihr persönliches Imperium für eine Handvoll Mark erwerben. ^Sid Meiers Meisterwerk hat mich nächtelang um den Schlaf gebracht, während ich mein Volk gehätschelt und Kriege vom Zaun gebrochen habe. Und weil die Erfindung der Schrift naheliegender ist als transzendente Technologien, schlägt das gute alte Civ 2 für mich sogar Alpha Centauri.
88
WindowsComing Soon Magazine
If there was a title that could best represent each genre of game category, I would choose "Civilization" for strategy. Although several games based on the same concept were released since its creation, "Civilization" is still considered by many as a classic that has never been threatened by another title. However, what was a success some years ago might not appeal for the masses nowadays, and MicroProse had to come up with a sequel that would not only change the old-fashion style graphics, but would also feature what the five years between the release of the two titles brought to the gaming industry.
80
MacintoshMac Addict
Civilization II really is a great game for a personal computer. First-person perspectives can be had on any platform, while console machines lend themselves well to games on a track (think Wipeout or Sonic). It takes a big hard drive and more RAM than your average PlayStation to manage and store the complex model of an entire world, and it take lots of keys to direct your minions. It's this complexity that gives Civilization II its legs—you'll be playing it for years to come.
80
MacintoshMacworld
Civilization is one of the few turn-based strategy games (in which each participant–human or computer–takes turns) that we recommend. But in this case, you'll be thankful for the extra time to contemplate your moves. Civilization II is immense, offering you the chance to build an entire civilization up from almost nothing. You begin with some settlers and fertile land, and start to build cities. If you're skillful, you can "win" at Civilization II without even firing a shot. But after thousands of years of pacifying your citizens and bluffing aggressive competing civilizations, you'll still feel as if you've been through a war.
80
PlayStationPlaystation Pro (UK Magazine)
What’s important is how good the gameplay is, and how long the enjoyment factor’s gonna last. And believe me, once you get started, you’ll find it very hard to put down. Whether you want to lose huge chunks out of your life playing it is up to you, as you’re able to play on small or large landscapes, which in turn determine the length of a game. If you do find Civilization II a little too easy, you can twiddle with the difficulty level to match your ability - these skill levels range from an early learner warlord to a veteran deity smiter. However you decide to play, it’s sure to have sucked your head into that 'just one more go’ mode before you know it. Just remember to put Civilization II down once in a while to go about your daily ablutions - we don’t want anyone having a 'little accident’
75
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Civilization a mis cinq ans à revenir sur le devant de la scène. Même si les fans du jeu de Sid Meier ont patienté sur Colonization, force est de constater que ce que l'on veut, c'est bel et bien balancer l'arme atomique sur le voisin qui vient tout juste de découvrir la roue. En cinq ans, aucun jeu de stratégie tour par tour n'a pu détrôner Civilization, aujourd'hui, voilà qui est fait.
66
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Ik durf nauwelijks een kwaad woord te schrijven over Civilization II, aangezien de PC versie van deze titel door vele gamers op handen wordt gedragen. Toch zal het iedereen opvallen, dat de PlayStation-versie, die Activision van de oorspronkelijke PC-game heeft gepoort, er simpelweg niet uitziet. Toch blijft de opzet van Civ II zo sterk, dat het spel zelfs in deze versie nog steeds prima speelbaar blijft en je heel wat uurtjes vol strategisch speelplezier kan opleveren. Tenzij je een PC hebt staan natuurlijk, want dan haal je toch gewoon CTP in huis!
60
PlayStationGamezilla
Unless you’re a die-hard Civilization fan and proudly display it as your Windows desktop theme, don’t bother buying this game. The graphics are too small, the user interface is clunky, and Activision missed a golden opportunity to take the best-selling game of all time to the next level.
40
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
After all of the enjoyment that Civ2 provided me, once I had actually figured it out, I find it a little difficult to give it such a low overall score. However, when I look back at everything it put me through while reaching that point, I find it very difficult to say that I felt that it was worth it. While there truly is an impressive game buried underneath Civ2′s many flaws, I don’t think that most gamers are ever going to get to it. My advice would be to pick the PC version off of the bargain rack at a local store, because this game was really meant to be played on a home computer. As a PC game, it’s a classic. As a PSX game, though, it simply doesn’t make the grade.
40
PlayStationAftonbladet
Civilization är en mycket uppskattad titel på pc-datorer och nu finns den till Playstation. Spelet har gjorts mer arkad och det var väl inte så värst lyckat. Spelvyerna hjälper inte till heller. Har man sett pc-spelet finns ingen orsak att spela Civ till Playstation. Har man inte gjort det är det ett okej spel.