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Critic Reviews

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High Score (Apr, 1996)
Tyvärr var Advanced Civilization fruktansvärt buggigt när det släpptes. Spelet går inte att spela utan en uppgradering som går att finna på Internet. Betyget utan uppgradering skulle ha blivit en etta.
Angesprochen sind in erster Linie Freunde überschaubarer Spielmechanismen. Die kommen auch damit klar, daß sich Abwechslung und Überraschung in Grenzen halten. Die Besonderheit des Regelwerks ist eben, daß nicht gewürfelt wird: Alles ergibt sich aus den Aktionen der Mitspieler und dem Ziehen der Karten.
This is another great strategy game from Avalon Hill. If the “Play By E-Mail” option proves robust enough, I think you'll see many games being played on the online services. In this mode, the possibility of sending e-mail to other players re-introduces some of the interaction that was the heart of the original board game. Played solitaire, though, ADVANCED CIVILIZATION is a good translation of the original board game, and should provide very cerebral, very complex gameplay for those who want to build civilizations rather than fight them.
Gamers who have enjoyed the board game version of Advanced Civilization will most assuredly enjoy the computer version. Those more used to the Sid Meyer rendition may start to yawn after a few turns have passed. This game is all about trading and acquiring goods, and the strategy to obtain them, not global conquest. If after a couple hours you find yourself still sitting in front of the computer, plotting to bluff a trade with your enemy, you are a true strategy lover. The e-mail feature is nice, but most gamers have come to expect the availability of more multiplayer options. The fact that the game comes shipped on a CD-ROM means little to the gameplay. Even with minimal installation, I never caught my CD drive active after the opening pictures. Sid Meyer's Civilization this game is not, but it wasn't mean to be. Avalon Hill has faithfully recreated their popular board game and in this they have succeeded respectfully.
Power Play (Dec, 1995)
Gegen sieben Kumpels an einem Freitag-Abend mit einem Kasten Budweiser und guter Laune eine Runde „Civilization“ am Tisch zu spielen, gehört sicherlich zu den schönsten Beschäftigungen dieser Welt. Aber warum sollte ich „Advanced Civilization“ auf meinem Computer zocken? Gut, die E-Mail-Funktion ist wirklich ganz nett, aber das Spiel macht dadurch nicht wesentlich mehr Spaß. Zwar steckt in dem simplen Verschieben-und-Handeln einiges an taktischen Finessen, doch würde ich Sid Meiers wesentlich komplexeres (und drei Jahre älteres) “Civilization“ immer noch vorziehen. Zu Zeiten von “CivNet“ lächelt man über den simplen E-Mail-Mode und grinst über die einfache Präsentation. Brettspielfans, die frisch sind und noch keine neuen Freunde haben, dürfen zulangen, alle anderen spielen “Civilization“ oder kaufen sich “CivNet“.
Unlike most strategy titles, resource trading is an absolutely critical part of gameplay, and the terrible implementation here makes Advanced Civilization nearly unplayable. A shame, since the tabletop original is so brilliant.