Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny.
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Mixed (61 reviews) - 44% of the 61 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2012

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Reviews

“The A.I. in this game is capable of some remarkably human-like behavior.”
90/100 – Computer Gaming World

“An understated, thoughtful game that is highly replayable and continually challening - the sort of game that will still be on your hard drive when all the other games you are playing right now are gathering dust on a shelf. ”
90/100 – Computer Games Magazine

“GalCiv is easily the best 4X game right now and the best that we’ll see for years to come.”
88/100 – Firing Squad

About This Game

Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny.

The year is 2178, the Terran Alliance has invented a new technology -- Hyperdrive. But the secret has leaked to the other civilizations starting a race for all the inhabitable worlds in the galaxy! As leader of United Earth, you must research new technologies, build an economy, create a powerful military force, all the while carefully balancing your political, diplomatic and trade skills.

Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition combines the award-winning Galactic Civilizations with the Altarian Prophecy expansion pack to create a stellar adventure.

Key Features:

  • Replayability - Galactic Civilizations is readily playable by casual gamers and includes a powerful, sophisticated AI and game mechanics that make each gaming experience different and highly addictive.

  • Immersive Storyline - Playing as the leader of humanity, you have a rich and deep heritage to lead the human race and become one of the principal species of the universe.

  • Multiple, Balanced Paths to Victory - Achieve victory using military strength, economic might, or political power.

  • The Metaverse - Gamers with a Stardock account can be part of the "metaverse," where victories, defeats and campaigns can be recorded, allowing players to share their gaming experience.

  • A Map editor that allows players to design their own custom maps.

  • A scenario editor that enables players to create specific game environments.

  • A Campaign editor allows users to create a set of games that are linked together to tell a story.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 10 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
    • Processor:600 MHz Processor
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:8 MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible Video Card
    • DirectX®:8.1
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 8.1 Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Processor:1 GHz Processor
    • Memory:256 MB RAM
    • Graphics:16 MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible Video Card
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Overall:
Mixed (61 reviews)
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alkemmy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Got this game cheap while on sale, for under a quid, so can't grumble that it's rubbish. Very dated, low-brow graphics, and no tutorial rounds to get you involved with the gameplay in an intuitive way. Possibly only of interest to anyone who played it originally, many years ago, and are stuck in nostalgia mode.
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The Ships Cat
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Game seems fun but crashes everytime combat starts. Not really possible to play at that point so I guess it goes in the refund bin
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Overkill =BoB=
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
I bought this game as a bundle Steam sale deal, I played only a little while, for when there was any ship to ship combat, the game completely froze. I have looked up this problem on forums and the only soution is to turn off any battle animations, which ruins the games excitment a little. The game to me is broken and if your thinking of purchasing...I would not, which is sad, because I really like this style of game
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Gaming Bro
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
IT DOESN'T ******* WORK!!!
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erickson333
( 51.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
This game blows and makes no sense at all.
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fugacity
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
Old clunky and impossible to win, even on easy. And I'm a vetern of the old Master of Orion series so I'm not a noob or whatever.
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Clo
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 16, 2015
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Montgomery Shrimp
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 24, 2015
Interesting game. It's got a bit of a learning curve, and isn't too attractive at first, but it'll grow on you if you like 4x games. That being said, I'd say just buy the sequel, a far better game. Don't buy 3 yet.
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Strategy_Denial
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 19, 2015
keeps crashing
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Doctor G
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12, 2015
complete and total Turd made by stardock

DO NOT BUY
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Wereboar
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10, 2015
A Space 4x out of the past.

When you are interested in this game please keep in mind that the engine that is used in this part of the series is quite old. The game was developed in the year 1994, and it can't directly evaluated against MOO1 that apeared one year earlier.

For that age the game still feels quite crisp with the options regarding this game, I still have my old boxed set in my archive and I was quite happy to see the game apear on Steam.

And had to take note, that the Hype that the game caused some time, was really a blown bubble. I was reminded why the game was a weak contemporary of MOO, MOM, CIV and other Games that were the rage at that time.

Furthermore you will have a lot of trouble getting this game started at all! Especially on modern machines, it will run only on my older Notebook with an Windows XP Op, and only with a lot of tweaking to do. Still it does crash regulary and at most unopportune times.

You might of course give it a try, but only when you are experienced in getting games tweaked for running, and you have a rather high frustration threshold.

This said, I really can't recomend the game. Sadly as it is, some games better remain in the past, even though they might still feel fresh and crisp - all this "retro" also digs up some of the real underdogs and rotten tomatoes of that time, because I still do remember the issues we had with the first appearance of the game and the trouble that ships couldn't be customized. You had to buy an add on to do that - later in a more viable option the game had some more stuff added as standard contents.

Addendum: The game will actually run on higher end machines, but not with the Steam overlay active... So it still can be used...
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charliechuckleberry
( 47.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9, 2015
For it's time, it was an "ok" game. 5.1 out of 10.

*UI Stats display is horrible. The game stats won't make sense unless you put too much energy into figuring it out.
*Some things seem to violate physics/logic (designed to improve gameplay maybe...)
*Campaign was fun for me. You can watch my playthrough to see it.
*Don't expect to have any multiplayer fun.

Masters of Orion II is still a better 4x game.

This game is only recommended for extreme nerds like me. All else, GTFO now!

My video playthru the entire campaign:
--------------https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
(copy and paste to see the entire playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
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Salvaric
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30, 2015
Galactic Civilizations is a space-based strategy game in which the player becomes the leader of the human civilization at the dawn of the 23rd century. The galaxy has 6 major civilizations including humans and a race is on to colonize, conquer, and dominate the galaxy using whatever means necessary. Those means include using military, technological, economic or political might to become a major power in the galaxy. Players must research new technologies, colonize and defend planets, build social improvements, build a fleet, fight wars, win elections, and gain influence in the United Planets Security council.
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Sevrin
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13, 2015
This game is old and it really really shows. Definitely not what I would call a classic.
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stowrag
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7, 2015
I can't speak for games later in the series.
Galactic Civ as a series looked interesting enough for me to give it a try when it was on sale. I was expecting something more like a SRPG with a science-fiction setting... I didn't realize that the focus of the gameplay was closer to Civilization than a turn based "Homeworld" (focusing on spaceship combat). Besides a handful of scenario missions there doesn't seem to be much to play besides setting up stand alone games.

There's plenty of playable alien races and a couple different classes of ships, but I found the interface and gameplay to be hard to comprehend, and no real tutorial to teach you during play for people that don't want to read the manual.
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jputt1
( 61.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1, 2015
Unable to play this game. It says 'app already running' and haven't found a way to turn it off.
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scottjl
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1, 2015
Waste of money if you're running anything newer than Windows XP. Installs but won't run in windowed mode and has unusable blurred graphics if your resoution is larger than 1024. Unplayable. Save your money. I regret wasting the $3 I did for this game, could have had a Big Mac!
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BW
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17, 2015
Had fun when I played it but one day just stopped. Apprently It wasn't that good.
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yuru
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10, 2015
Menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, oh look a star, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus, menus.
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jimdirks
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4, 2015
Cant play it. Comp freezes everytime, after anywhere form 6 to a dz turns.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I bought this game as a bundle Steam sale deal, I played only a little while, for when there was any ship to ship combat, the game completely froze. I have looked up this problem on forums and the only soution is to turn off any battle animations, which ruins the games excitment a little. The game to me is broken and if your thinking of purchasing...I would not, which is sad, because I really like this style of game
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Fun past time

While this game is clearly old its still quite a bit of fun. The user interface has a few issues but they are managable. the biggest downside was figuring out how to play the game which for me meant making the AI very dumb …. well below the beginner level ai for a game, figuring out some core mechanics then notching up the challenge after figuring a few things out.


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62 of 93 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Unfortunately, this is not really a review of the game, so much as a warning that on some modern machines, the game does not work at all. There have been reported problems getting this game to install or run all over the forums, and while I didn't encounter any of the installation problems, even the proposed solutions to getting the game to launch don't work for me.

As such this is a thumbs-down, but mostly as a warning that the game may not work at all for you! "Tested" on 64-bit Windows 7.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
THe game play sucked me in. The only issue was some of the auto focus changes but was common for the year it was released. I have not played II or III so I am guessing they learned. I am about to purchase II in hopes they got rid of the more aggrevating behaviors. Overall the game is very playable and well woth the $10 I payed for it.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
I bought this version because I wanted to try it cheap and didn't know if it would be any good. But I was amazed.

Finally a game that can truly match the amazing gameplay and addictiveness of the Sid Meier's: Civilization franchise. Now I regret not buying the package deal of GC1&GC2, becouse I sure will buy the seqeul and am really looking out for part 3.

When your a Civilization junkie like me? You sure should try this game out! You will find yourself finally having something to beat your addiction, just get your self a new one!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
This was one of the few games I played over and over as a teen.

I'll be honest, I never got into the sequel, because I didn't like the way the planets were depicted (though it probably made influence more intuitive). So I don't know how this one holds up to GalCiv II. But on its own merits, it's a good game.

In Galactic Civilizations, you start out as ruler of united Earth. The various alien races, having gotten the secret of hyperdrive from the humans, have turned off their massive wormhole portals and scrapped them for hyper-capable colony ships. The real space race has begun, and it's up to you to determine the path you want humanity to take.

Madcap conquest is definitely an option, but if that either doesn't sound appealing or isn't practical, you can turn to other means - being a technocrat and staying ahead by selling and leaking techs; buddying up to the top dog; making everyone's economies dependant on your trade; or amass cultural influence by convincing the aliens how awesome Hollywood, Nike and Coca-Cola are. In practice, most games tend to involve a combination of all the above - the alien races tend to be more receptive to your diplomacy if you have a lot of ships with big guns, or if a significant chunk of their economy is powered by trade with you. And being ahead in tech is useful for keeping a welfare economy afloat by selling techs to other empires, or to prop up an enemy of an enemy without going to war directly. Conversely, rolling in dough means being able to bribe your rivals, buy state-of-the-art warships from a militarist friend, and ramp up domestic spending (including research and social projects).

Along the way, you get to decide whether to be an evil empire, a benevolent federation or any combination and variation of them. A sprawling but sparsely populated expansionist nation, or a handful of highly-developed star systems? Military juggernaut or trade linchpin of the galaxy? Underhand arms dealer or open warmonger? Your answer to these questions is often simply "yes". It's telling that a game that allows you to build aphrodisiacs and massive theme parks also give you the option of building propaganda machines and pseudo-Death Stars - often at the same time (who says star-killing not-moons can't have fun water slides?).

The alien civilizations all have distinct personalities - by default some are good, some are neutral, some are evil, but fiddle with their alignment setting at the start of the game and they change accordingly - a civilization that originally extended a friendly hand will now threaten to exterminate you at the slightest excuse, and vice versa. They will gloat when they're winning a war, grovel when they're beaten; extort you when they're much more powerful and don't like you, give you periodic gifts with mincing courtesy when you're the powerhouse.

Though a thoroughly old game by now, this game has plenty of charm and solid mechanics underpinning them. I'm sure nostalgia only affects my verdict -that is still amazingly fun- only a little.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Yes, a mini masters of orion, extremely simplified....i recommend for being a good game, a 6 of 10 game if you know master of orion and a 8 of 10 if you just like strategy....
but then, the most amazing discovery, there is the Galactic CIVS II! Soooo i am heading there =P . 3h of the old one are enough, lets now check the second.


overall a 6 of 10 game, i would buy it on the time of release, nowadays...go for the II.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
GalCiv1 was thoroughly enjoyable, and fortunately I managed to pick it up and play through it before getting knee deep in GalCiv2. This is definitely the case where playing through one obsoletes the other, in my opinion... still, the amount of game you get for the 'Ultimate Edition' on Steam sale can't be ignored.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
A fun game i suggest starting on a easier AI until you have figured out how to paly the game and some of the mechanics as they can be a bit tricky at the start
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
Any game where you can install a party-palace and a water-park onto each of your fleet of not-death-stars is an awesome game.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
A Space 4x out of the past.

When you are interested in this game please keep in mind that the engine that is used in this part of the series is quite old. The game was developed in the year 1994, and it can't directly evaluated against MOO1 that apeared one year earlier.

For that age the game still feels quite crisp with the options regarding this game, I still have my old boxed set in my archive and I was quite happy to see the game apear on Steam.

And had to take note, that the Hype that the game caused some time, was really a blown bubble. I was reminded why the game was a weak contemporary of MOO, MOM, CIV and other Games that were the rage at that time.

Furthermore you will have a lot of trouble getting this game started at all! Especially on modern machines, it will run only on my older Notebook with an Windows XP Op, and only with a lot of tweaking to do. Still it does crash regulary and at most unopportune times.

You might of course give it a try, but only when you are experienced in getting games tweaked for running, and you have a rather high frustration threshold.

This said, I really can't recomend the game. Sadly as it is, some games better remain in the past, even though they might still feel fresh and crisp - all this "retro" also digs up some of the real underdogs and rotten tomatoes of that time, because I still do remember the issues we had with the first appearance of the game and the trouble that ships couldn't be customized. You had to buy an add on to do that - later in a more viable option the game had some more stuff added as standard contents.

Addendum: The game will actually run on higher end machines, but not with the Steam overlay active... So it still can be used...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Interesting game. It's got a bit of a learning curve, and isn't too attractive at first, but it'll grow on you if you like 4x games. That being said, I'd say just buy the sequel, a far better game. Don't buy 3 yet.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2013
not nearly as fun as GalCivII, but it still is an alright reboot of the old GalCiv game on the Amiga
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
I have yet to play the sequel, but despite the lack of in-game help or ‘Civpaedia’ it is an interesting and fun game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2015
Galactic Civilizations is a space-based strategy game in which the player becomes the leader of the human civilization at the dawn of the 23rd century. The galaxy has 6 major civilizations including humans and a race is on to colonize, conquer, and dominate the galaxy using whatever means necessary. Those means include using military, technological, economic or political might to become a major power in the galaxy. Players must research new technologies, colonize and defend planets, build social improvements, build a fleet, fight wars, win elections, and gain influence in the United Planets Security council.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
IT DOESN'T ******* WORK!!!
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Do you like space? Do you like Civ1 2 3 4 5? Then buy this game
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
For it's time, it was an "ok" game. 5.1 out of 10.

*UI Stats display is horrible. The game stats won't make sense unless you put too much energy into figuring it out.
*Some things seem to violate physics/logic (designed to improve gameplay maybe...)
*Campaign was fun for me. You can watch my playthrough to see it.
*Don't expect to have any multiplayer fun.

Masters of Orion II is still a better 4x game.

This game is only recommended for extreme nerds like me. All else, GTFO now!

My video playthru the entire campaign:
--------------https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
(copy and paste to see the entire playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KW3GlbBhH0&index=1&list=PLJqoU7EItaZcDzEQWVio3Dvl5vjCF_iDu
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
in thiz game, you play as sir alan bradley of the terran alliance. humanity has just invented hyperdrive which allows quick space travel. with your first colony ship and survey ship now sets out to find new lands to settle in.

after traveling around space for new planets, u find a class 30 planet, perfect for ur colonists and just ripe for the taking, u command your colony ship to settle there. just 1 turn before u reach dat planet, an alien race known as the yor collective steals the planet.

annoyed but still feeling generous, you gift them hyperdrive and find another planet to settle. soon after the N-1 of the yor collective declares war on you and destroys your few ships. soon they invade earth and kills all the humans.

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in thiz game, you play as sir alan bradley of the terran alliance. humanity has just invented hyperdrive which allows quick space travel. with your first colony ship and survey ship now sets out to find new lands to settle in...

but seriously, it is an amazing game. sure, it is showing its age, but it makes my boring days exciting again when i play this. turns out, its a nice replacement for civ4-5 for me. it also has a few bugs. in the first day i played this game, the menu was crashing the game, but soon after worked well again. i dont know if its because of me using compatability mode set to windows xp or smth. if u cant get this for the alr low 10 dollar price, try steamtrades.com u can find it cheaper there, if u dont get scammed.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
Old clunky and impossible to win, even on easy. And I'm a vetern of the old Master of Orion series so I'm not a noob or whatever.
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