'Civilization Revolution' for the iPad

This game is gone, but its successor lives on

Civilization Revolution for IPAD
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The original "Civilization Revolution" iPad game is no longer available for download in the App Store. Although you may continue to play the game if you purchased it, all in-app purchases were discontinued in August 2016, and Apple no longer supports the game. Its successor, "Civilization Revolution 2," is available in the App Store, where it is listed as an Editors' Choice.

This article is maintained for archival purposes and for those individuals who are still playing the original "Civilization Revolution" game on their iPads.

Review of the Original 'Civilization Revolution' Game

"Civilization Revolution" is an attempt to bring the most popular PC strategy game franchise to consoles and mobile devices, and in terms of replicating the same addicting gameplay and the awe of moving a civilization through history, the attempt is a resounding success. "Civilization Revolution" combines both the old and new with the shorter game sessions reminiscent of the original "Civilization" and some of the great additions made to the franchise over the years, such as unique troops for specific civilizations.

Longstanding players of the series won't be surprised to learn that "Civilization Revolution" starts with a single settler looking to establish the capital city of the civilization. From this single city, the player begins the game by exploring the map, finding both aggressive barbarians and other civilizations while scouting out the best locations for future cities.

The player also chooses which scientific discoveries to pursue, and sharp decision-making leads experienced players to uncover key discoveries that aid them in their game-winning strategy. This strategy isn't always the same. Since victory can be established in multiple ways, the strategy involved in researching new technologies changes. A military-minded research program is great when you're going for world domination while paying more attention to religion and the arts is key for a cultural victory.

Even for peace-loving players, war sometimes becomes a necessity. One neat thing in "Civilization Revolution" is the ability to band units together into a stack of three, thus raising their ability to destroy the enemy. Battle is played out in classic "Civilization" fashion with units bombarding each other on the game map. Victory is achieved in relatively short order.

"Civilization Revolution" is easily one of the top strategy games for the iPad. It remains true to the series, encompassing the rise and fall of civilization while offering multiple ways to play the game. In that regard, the iPad version of the game is a success. The one major downside is the lack of online multiplayer capability, which stunts the ability to grind your friends into the dust of time.