With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new...
User reviews: Very Positive (509 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2005

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November 20

Civilization IV currently not working in OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)

As many of you have noted here, Civ IV base game and Colonization are currently not working in 10.10 due to a python library issue.

After a week of review, this bug is legitimate and we are now officially pulling support for Yosemite until we have a fix for the problem.

Please accept our apology for any frustration this bug has caused. We are working on a solution, but because of the hectic holiday release schedule from Aspyr, we cant give an approximate date as to when that solution will be integrated into the game.

There is a workaround (users have posted it in several spots). It works 100%, but we should advise strong caution when messing with your library files. Make sure you backup your rig with time machine before diving in.

I should also note that some users are having success by making sure that Warlords and/or Beyond the Sword are installed on top of the base Civ IV game.

Please let me know if anyone has any questions, and again apologies for the interruption in play on a GREAT game.

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About This Game

With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games will take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options*. Civilization IV will come to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level. Civilization IV has already been heralded as one of the top ten games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!

*Mac version's is not currently compatible with OSX 10 / Yosemite and the Online Multiplayer is no longer supported.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, 1.2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent, 256MB RAM, 64 MB Video Card w/ Hardware T&L (GeForce 2/Radeon 7500 or better) DirectX7 compatible sound card, 1.7GB of free hard drive space, DirectX9.0c (included)
    Recommended: Windows 2000/XP, 1.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent/better, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB Video Card w/ DirectX 8 support (pixel and vertex shaders), DirectX7 compatible sound card, 1.7GB of free hard drive space, DirectX9.0c (included)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 to 10.9 (Not currently compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel chipset
    • CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon 9600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 5200
    • Video Memory: (VRam): 128 MB RAM
    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
    • Media Required: DVD Drive Supported Video cards: NVIDIA GeForce 5200, 6600, 6800, 7800 ATI Radeon 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X600, X800, X850, X1600
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
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217 of 246 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It's called Civilization IV for a reason. You'll be sitting at your computer for so long the doctors'll have to stick you with an IV.
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119 of 130 people (92%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Diary Entry 1- Heliopolis is under siege by Rome. I've been unable to send reinforcements because Caeser is moving his troops around my territory, destroying farms, mines and villages. I can't spread too thin in fear of my other cities being attacked.
So 5 handfuls of Heavy machine Gunners have been defending the city from catapult bombardments and grenadier attacks.
And now, he seems to have set his sights upon the neighbouring city of Memphis.

Diary Entry 2 - I've reached out to the Malinese and Isabella of Spain, and both have declared war on Ceaser. They are on the opposite side of him to me. So while they cannot directly help my cities, they will put pressure on the Western side. So hopefully I can repel the siege and push to his cities. I have a troop of tanks coming in from the Northeast, and a regiment of Marines coming in from the southeast.

Diary Entry 3 - The marine regiment was ambushed on both sides upon coming around a mountain. Despite the enemy taking heavy losses, we lost the regiment.
Luckily a reinforcement squad was detailed to memphis, so now it's a case of bunkering down for the incoming attack, and planning the counter offensive.
The tanks have made significant progress, taking the city of Ardea from the grasp of the Romans. They will continue their progress north, towards Rome itself.

Diary Entry 4 - A reserve regiment of Marines have rendezvoused with the tanks. The dispatch will push on to Rome, flanking from the south, whilst Memphis defends and draws the brunt of the Roman Empire.

Diary Entry 5 - We took two cities to the south. And i decided it was now the time to counter attack. Making losses along the way, we broke through the memphis siege, and took the city of Ostia. It was short lived however, as the enemy retaliated while we were at our weakest and reclaimed the city. Luckily, the reserve squad was just 1 click behind, so now we can retake the city again, and await reinforcements.
I see very little action on the Western side, I am beginning to believe my allies have hidden motives. Their troops linger on the enemies borders. Perhaps waiting until I am weak enough that they may strike both me and Julius Ceaser. I must prepare for this eventuality.

Diary Entry 6 - I was wrong to doubt Isabella. How could I let the seeds of battle cloud my mind. She commenced her march across the border today, and in one fell swoop, she liberated a city from the enemy. Her troops have now joined mine, and we march together to the heartland of Mother Rome-ia

Diary Entry 7 - Isabella and I, sat down today and signed the Pernament Alliance of our two peoples. We will forever be comrades in arms, and for this, I graciously gave her 3 cities as gifts. Not without proper thought mind you. They are in 3 strategic places to mine enemy and mine future enemies. This will allow us to adaquately aid each other in times of war, and even further each others growth.
To our future! -clinks glass-

Diary Entry 8 - Rome has fallen to Spain! I made a good choice in allies, Isabella is ruthless, a worthy opponent to any who may cross her.
The Chinese also declared war on Germany, Frederick reached to me.. unfortunately, as well as the war on the Romans is going, I cannot extend myself at this time. He seemed disappointed.

Diary Entry 9 - An achievement I am unsure of. We have created...The Atom Bomb. I don't know what to think about this. A weapon with destruction beyond any imagination. One that would win countless wars, but with such heavy costs. I must make sure this never falls into the hands of our enemies..

Diary Entry 10 - We were pushing the city of Cumae today, they had heavily fortified the city, and it seemed an arduous task. The combined might of myself and Spain, and yet we struggled.. A shadow appeared on the horizon. They came bearing the flag of Rome, and begun a charge on our flank. We were outnumbered, the rest of our forces had lagged behind to clear up the enemy remnants. We hastily mustered a defence as best we could. The doors to Cumae opened, the cities huge force came out to greet us. We were preparing for defeat..
But then there they came. The Malinese army! They routed the enemy on our flank. Taking advantage of this turn of tide, we charged the enemy city, gates wide open and with morale turned, we claimed it for our own.

Diary Entry 11 - It's been a long war, spanning many years. Due to the efforts of our 3 way alliance, we have chipped the Romans down to a fraction of the strength they once possesed. Brundisium is their final city, their last stain on a world so tainted by greed. I have the honour of being the one to remove that stain. I now make my march, our footsteps of doom bellowing down upon the city walls. We are coming..

Diary Entry 12 - As we approached the gates of the Palace, Ceaser panicked. He offered a Peace Treaty, along with all his coffers. "Why barter for what I can simply take?" I said, leaving a lifeless corpse on the floor. My troops rejoiced, sharing drinks with the Spanish, and food with the Malinese. What was I doing? I was looking across the border to the North... towards the prosperous Chinese Empire.

TL;DR - Get game, is good, Da.
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54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I'll just play a quick game....(9 hours pass) oh why is it dark outside.
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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
julius caesar offers me salad every time i see him of course i would recommend a game with this kind of hospitality

10/10
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53 of 68 people (78%) found this review helpful
135.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Step 1: Ally with Ghandi
Step 2: Declare war
Step 3: Bribe Ghandi to help you in the war
Step 4:Fight vailliantly with dead Indian soldiers next to you
Step 5: Shame Ghandi for backing out
Step 6: Ghandi declared war on you
Step 7: LAUNCH THE SPACE ROCKET BEFORE GHANDI GETS HERE!!!!!!
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46 of 62 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
BABA YETU YETU ULIYE MBINGUNI YETU YETU AMINA
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Civ IV makes plenty of great changes and additions to just about every aspect of the hazardously habit-forming strategy blueprint that famed designer Sid Meier and his talented team have made famous the world over, from combat to diplomacy to research to production to winning the space race. undamentally, this is a much-improved version of the same Civ games we've all been playing and desperately trying to put down for years. And that's far from a bad thing. In fact, it's an awesome thing.If you're familiar with the Civilization series, then you're already well aware that they've traditionally been turn-based strategy games that let you play as the political leader of one of the world's nations in a fictitious bid to take over the globe.The series gives you plenty of ways to do this, such as conquering your neighbors, researching advanced technology, or, in Civilization III (and IV), creating the most cultured society on the planet. It's this great variety that helps give Civ IV the same alarmingly addictive quality its predecessors carried. Like in previous games, your political leader has two special traits that will influence his or her reign, though all the game's traits are new.The Civ series' gameplay has several components, and almost every single one of them is improved in Civ IV. For instance, the series' combat system, which pits different military units against one another based on relative unit strength and technology, has been changed to a "strength" system that seems more intuitive.Civ IV has also improved on the way diplomacy works. While you can still make nice with your neighbors, you have more options than just trading goods, cities, technologies, and/or relations. You can attempt to influence your neighbors to make war or peace with other neighbors, and you can even fence everyone out of your backyard using the game's new "open borders" system.The new great people system is an interesting and useful addition that will probably be especially appreciated by experts. Great people can be expended in exchange for a number of powerful abilities. Civ IV makes a turn for the better by emphasizing strategic planning in general, which ultimately makes the game more balanced. In response to fan requests to adjust the pace of the game, developer Firaxis has added three speeds: the surprisingly fast normal speed, the even-faster quick speed, and the slower-paced epic speed. Even single-player and multiplayer options have been improved in Civ IV. The single-player game offers much-improved artificial intelligence that seems to cheat much less than in previous games, or not at all.Multiplayer also seems to work quite well, and thanks to the game's faster pace, it seems much, much more realistic to actually finish multiplayer games, especially on the "quick" speed setting.The actual game itself looks considerably better, even though the interface can seem a bit rough at times.An incredibly addicting, engrossing, and incredibly well-designed inclusion. No stone was left unturned as the developers crafted this masterpiece and if you’re a fan of the previous installments of this game, you’re definitely going to enjoy this one.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
****
4 out of 5

Addictive empire builder to the point of insanity.

It was Saturday morning, I decided to start a game of Civilization IV, a short session of one hour wouldn't harm I thought...36 hours later, aw damn it.

Yes, Civilization IV is addictive, but it's also incredibly awesome. Borrowing elements from other successful empire and city builders, Civilization IV is the top of the management game with such slickness you'd think you were actually playing a divisive game of chess. Buy it now.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Don't let my "1.9 hours on record" fool you, I've played over 1000 hours in the Civ4 expansions: beyond the sword, and warlords, and let me tell you - this is one of my favorite games of all time.

It's easy to get into and super addictive. Whether you want to play it like an economic or diplomatic power, or play it like a 4x war-style game (like most people do), it's go something for everyone. Lots of customization, expansions, and mods to keep it fresh.

Matches can be as short as a few hours or as long as a few weeks. Great turned based strategy that blends the need to balance economy, science, and culture with military might or defense.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Fair warning:this game is not for the faint hearted. The experience comes primarily from the involvement with the game over time. A good civ game is not one that lasts a couple of hours, but one that lasts eons where pretty much all countries have discovered nukes and robots and are on the verge of destroying the entire world. I will put my hand up and say I havn't played a proper game yet but coming from the earlier civ games, this is a thing of beauty.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Great strategy game, I find nothing bad in it. Controls are great, game is awesome and atmosphere is great. Even though everybody is hyping SDCV (it's great, don't get me wrong) I think IV is still pretty good and I love playing it. And it consumes less HD space.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
145.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
An addicting turn based strategy game that can be as simple or a complex as you wish it to be. Is sufficenty different from V and III that it merits to be considered on its own, a great game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
If you decide to buy this , buy Civ IV Beyond the Sword it's even more fun.

All and all this will be your experince:

Sit down for 5 mins at 10 am on a sunday....its 2 AM Monday.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Its probably the last of the best civ's, though i hope not.

The only complaint i have about this game is that the worker automate is counter productive. They will keep changing farm to village, or remove plantation and put down a farm. If the worker ai was 100% perfect this game would be 10/10.

Get it on sale if you can, but its probably still worth the non-sale price if youve never played it.

9/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
MUSIC IS AMAZING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Just one more turn...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I was looking through my files regular saturday afternoon and i found the motherload of music
10/10 would buy just for the music
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A fiendishly difficult turn based strategy game. So many ways to play with the plethora of leaders to choose from that have different traits, unique units, and unique buildings. I would only reccomend if you have the patience to learn how to play and get better. It's also very interesting for people that are into history. :)
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Baba yetu, yetu uliye
Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Very fun.
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