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 (612 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2005

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Includes 4 items: Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, Civilization IV®: Warlords, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, Sid Meier's Civilization® IV

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"I have played this game since 2006 and modding to death. Unit stacking is a wee problem, but it very fun grand strategy and empire building game."

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November 20, 2014

Civilization IV currently not working in OSX 10.10 [Resolved!]

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.

UPDATE: A fix is now live! Thank you all for your patience and support.

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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!

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

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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147 of 170 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Made Abraham Lincoln adopt slavery.
10/10 exactly how i remember it
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1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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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1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Just one more turn...
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1 person found this review funny
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
i made germany jewish 10/10
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game is great. A friend bought it for me. I miss my friend.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Once upon a time, I tried Civilization V. I discovered it was buggy. What I did play was really fun though. So my in-laws bought me Civilization III, which was really fun. I then saw that Civilization IV was on sale, along with the expansions, so I bought the main game and a couple of the expansions. I am currently enjoying the happily ever after.
This is one of the most addictive games I have ever played. My husband and I are enjoying a hotseat match in which I am sure will end in a bloodbath. In Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword I am preparing to conquer the world with my mighty Celtic army. Civilization IV is an awesome strategy game in which almost anything is possible. There are so many different leaders to choose, and many different ways to beat the game. Sure, you could do a military victory, but you can also win diplomatically, artistically, and financially. There is also the Space Race...
For those of you kind of wary of strategy titles, let me assure you this is a very newbie friendly game. There are a variety of difficulties, and very detailed tutorials to help out. Also, being turn based has a huge advantage in being able to think out what you want to do. Having played Paradox Interactive titles like Victoria II, this is a far cry from the level of complexity found in those games. Nor is it very concerned with historical authenticity. When I first played as Boudicca, a warrior queen of the Celts, I expected to run into one of the Caesars, but instead I ran into General Bismark! My husband demonstrated some interesting divergents from history by having his Germans found Judaism 8), Christianity, and Islam. By what should have been mid-early Dark Ages, his musketmen were busy conquering the Russian Civilization. By the Industrial Revolution, his assorted tanks were conquering the world. He then won peacefully by using the UN to vote himself as the ruler of the world. Yeah...you definitely couldn't do that in a Paradox Interactive title.
I know I have many many more hours of enjoyment awaiting me in Civilization IV. This is a great game to play solo or with others. I can't wait to explore all the possibilities.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Just one game...

Years later, your wife and kids have left you, you have a colony of flies living on your stomach, you're so fat you have an entire solar system around you, your house is a tip, everyone thinks your dead and the house you live in is squeduled for demolition and you finally get rid of Ghandi's last city.

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ up life again...
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
152.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A revolutionary game for its time, Civ IV is still good nearly 10 years later. By far a better game than Civ V, IV is complex and engaging with more to learn every time you play. If you buy this game, there is a strong chance you will become obsessed and spend hours on end playing. As long as you have the time, Civ IV is much more worthwhile than many of the newer, more expensive games out now.
BUT if you do not want to lose hours of your day without noticing... DO NOT get this game!
You don't mind playing marathon sessions and being totally obsessed with conquering the world? Then this is the right game for you!

Just one more turn ... and one more turn .... one more ...
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Amazing Game! One of the best strategy games of all time!
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I've owned every civ apart from civ one. Civ 4 is the best. Civ 5 needs the graphs and ai of civ 4 then it would be amazing...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Leonard Nimoy lives on in this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I've been a Civ fan since the very first one (it was the second game I bought for my first-ever computer), and this is the one I still keep going back to. Civ V is nice and all, and I like how they got rid of the Stack of Doom problem, but Civ IV just feels so much richer to me. There's something deeply satisfying about culture-bombing an opponent and taking over a corner of his empire without ever firing a shot.

Add on the expansions, and Civ IV is a must-have for any even halfway-serious 4X fan.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The game that refined the term "Just one more turn". Civ 4 is the highlight of the Civ series. Play this game, you won't regret it.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Imagine yourself as one of the greatest people of all time. And imagine you destroying another persons empire. Trust me, it feels good.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
109.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
9.9/10 it's alright
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
This game is amazing, especially when you do Local Area Network play with people.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Of the four Civ. games i've played (Civ. Revolution DS, Civ. III, Civ. IV, Civ V) Civ. IV is my second favorite of them. it has a great 3D world with great detail and design as well; the HUD is very user friendly and nothing is hard to find. One of my favorite parts is when you complete a wonder, It gives you a nice animation showing the blue prints then the wonder being built. The units look great too, more so when battling other units. The camera angles can be a bit off sometimes but its not often; the customization is really good! You can change your nation's name and description; then pick what victories are allowed and which ones are not. I wish there was more options for the map instead of just the size and weather types. But overall it's a great game and I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
107.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Where does one begin? A game of this breadth is difficult to encapsulate in words. Profoundly addictive, naturally. But strikes an odd balance between intuitive simplicity (build, expand) and mind numbing complexity (the effects and strategies related to resource exploitation, tile managment etc) that'll leave you content to play by either broad strokes or narcissistic micromanagement.
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