Moby ID: 16148
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Freeciv is a free and open-source remake of Sid Meier's Civilization, originally SGI IRIX, later expanded to all possible platforms. The goal is to be a good multiplayer version of Civ and to be true to Sid Meier’s version. The game can be configured to be very close to the original DOS Civ and to Civ II, but not to any other versions of Civilization. It is a turn-based multiplayer strategy game (but human players move simultaneously), in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to become the greatest ruler. The game ends when there is only one nation left, when the final year has been reached, or when a player builds and launches a spaceship, which reaches Alpha Centauri first.

Freeciv is maintained and constantly improved by an international team of coders and enthusiasts with full multiplayer options and extensive multilanguage support. The game comes with different modpacks that incorporate the rules of the different Civilization games as well as the popular settings of Freeciv players. You can create your own maps with the civworld editor as well. The map editor doesn't exist in a ready-to-run release yet.

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Average score: 83% (based on 9 ratings)


Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 1 reviews)

multiplayer variant of MicroProse's Civilization and Civilization II games

The Good
+ gameplay is as addictive as Civilization and Civilization II + very little gameplay stupidity (where players make the same oversight over and over, e.g. automatic dissolution of a city when it has no more workers in Civ II) + I like the interface much better (more gameplay oriented, fewer silly distractions) + playing with strangers from all over the world is great fun, and can give you great insights AI players just cannot teach you + the simple chatline interface is good enough for all kinds of off-game discussions + free, so you can download and be playing within a minute + some of the customizations (alternative settings or rulesets) create interesting new game variants + comes with source code, some of the minor features and bugfixes I managed to implement are now part of the game

The Bad
+ Getting started is far too difficult for newbies (although things are slowly improving) + Not enough human players, sometimes it takes too long to get a good game going + The AI isn't smart enough to be a challenge after about 100 games + Games take too long - long games are good, but short games should be possible too + Not enough interesting game variants have been developed considering the amount of customization possible (the "smallpox" problem)

The Bottom Line
A free, improved, multiplayer Civilization I and II. If you don't know those: a mix of chess and RISK , but better.

Linux · by Reinier Post (3) · 2005


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Game added January 11, 2005. Last modified June 8, 2024.