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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 Main Menu.
Galactic Civilizations Windows Race setup screen.
Galactic Civilizations Windows Some random events require tough choices to be made
Galactic Civilizations Windows Discovering space junk.

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Alternate Titles

  • "银河文明" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Галактические Цивилизации" -- Russian spelling
  • "GalCiv" -- Common title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpy Mar 28, 2003 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Mar 26, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Apr 08, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Worth Playing May 09, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
Games Finder May 24, 2014 8 out of 10 80 Sep 04, 2003 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Oct 03, 2003 75 out of 100 75
ActionTrip Mar 27, 2003 74 out of 100 74
PC Zone Benelux Oct, 2003 72 out of 100 72
GameStar (Germany) May, 2003 70 out of 100 70


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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 (811) added Galactic Civilizations (Windows) on Jun 29, 2003