Sid Meier's Civilization
DOS - 1991
Also available on: Mac
- Alt names
- 文明, シヴィライゼーション 世界七大文明, Wenming, Sid Meier's Civilization: Build An Empire To Stand The Test Of Time, Civilization I, Civ
- Released in
- United States
- Managerial, Turn-based
- MicroProse Software, Inc.
- MPS Labs
- Dosbox support
- Fully supported on 0.73
Description of Sid Meier's Civilization
The legendary game of the Civilization series, it defined a new genre of turn based strategy.
When Sid Meier's Civilization was released in 1991, it single-handedly changed the strategy video game market forever. Its format has since been copied by a number of 'turn-based' games, and the basic plot of the game was to build an empire. Once this had been successfully established, the aim of the game was to get your civilization to grow and flourish.
The game itself covered a wide period of history, stretching from the prehistoric ages to the futuristic development of Outer Space. This included an in-depth look into the Ancient Greeks, as well as detailed gameplay that covered the Roman Empire. This variety of content was enough to keep players hooked on this gaming classic for countless hours - the publisher was also ultimately responsible for the Sim City series of games across a number of different platforms.
One of the greatest games ever made for a computer, and also one of the most addicting. Civilization launched the entire franchise. It is, quite simply, a master work.
That said... Civilization 1 is brutal and broken. Expect no mercy as the computer flagrantly cheats to make up for AI limitations when playing on higher difficulty levels. There are also a great many events that happen in the game that lack explanation (in fact the game doesn't even tell you they are happening). One example of this is your civilizations production getting cut in half as soon as 1 A.D. hits.
Also, beware "stacks of doom", in which 20+ powerful units can occupy the same square, becoming neigh invincible. Unit strength is VERY relative... chariots can beat tanks. In Civ 1 these things do happen....
How to play Sid Meier's Civilization
Run civ.exe in DOSBox
Comments and reviews
Gato 2015-08-15 0 point DOS version
Two teenage years of my life were ruled by Civ on the old Commode Amiga 64. I wasn't always the best player, I liked to avoid conflict and grow cities - so my games tended end close and exciting and often involve nuclear wars.
My brother edited many of the text boxes in the game with a textfile editor, including changing "In the beginning story" to a humorous warped storyline. So if it was possible to customise then, it must be so now.
I will be downloading it again because years later I miss its simple yet engrossing fun. The later Civs just don't compare for me. And after reflection, instead of building perfect & populous cities, trying to live in peace and waiting until the Zulus rudely drop Armor units onto my turf in 1700 AD demanding dosh, I want to go and crush all rivals as soon as I can build my first chariot!
Shame I need Dosbox to run it in Windows 7, but oh well so be it.
civfan 2015-06-03 0 point DOS version
the true test of this game series will be when the original players are eligible to run for office.
syntotic 2015-05-24 1 point DOS version
What happened to the Windows version of Civilization (I)? It was more playable than the DOS version and probably had some betterments.
EDO 2015-01-10 9 points DOS version
98% games works perfectly with dosbox. So does civ1. Yes even on windows on the year 3000. Just install dos box.
If you don't know how for each game here is how it goes the most simple way:
Make a folder on c:\ named DOSGames so you got c:\dosgames\
unrar/zip each game in its OWN folder inside the c:\dosgames\
E.G this game will be c:\dosgames\civ1\and doom will be c:\dosgames\doom1\
Now start dosbox. type: " Mount c: c:\dosgames\
Type "dir" for your list of games (shows the folders)
Now if you want to play civ
You type: "cd civ' ( or what ever you named you folder for civ 1)
Followed by "civ"
For e.g doom its "cd doom" then "doom"
NeptunesNookGames 2014-12-18 0 point DOS version
I recently finished a let's play of Civ 1 on my YouTube channel, here's a link --
Chizzard 2014-08-08 0 point DOS version
Arvin. You can play Civilization 1 (DOS mode) by using a simple software called DOSbox. Its free. Just download DOSbox and dragon the civilization .exe to the DOSbox icon and youre good to go.
arvin 2014-07-25 1 point DOS version
I have never seen such as this game in my life!
It was great.
Design and Development and implementation of your strategy
By a simple game in DOS mode ! Almost 22 years ago !
Does anyone knows if it works in windows 7 ?
I wish I can play again !
Help me please. ..
TheOlderGamePlay 2014-06-18 -1 point DOS version
7:Is one of the most awesome strategy game I have played.
Agentwindex 2014-05-20 -1 point DOS version
I loved this game... Played it on Dos when Windows 98 was just starting... I have the disk... But was wondering will this download work on Windows 8 64 bit? Would love to play it again
BrennenderStahl 2014-03-14 0 point DOS version
now i'm playing freeciv - because its free software (free as in freedom)
Kal 2014-02-13 1 point DOS version
After I select audio/graphic/keyboard options the game will not start and then opens up dos under the A: heading...
Sir Smith 2014-01-28 0 point DOS version
This guide works for me. :)
lawlcakes 2014-01-24 0 point DOS version
@chris, Macedonia was to the north of Greece, but he did CONQUER Greece and almost the whole known world at the time, so both of you are right.
chris 2013-08-01 0 point DOS version
Yeah... right... pity for you, but Alexander was Greek and he united all Greeks against the Persians. Go cry more now.
jamesfrizzle 2013-07-16 0 point DOS version
i downloaded dosbox 0.74 and when i open it there is 2 screens one of which is supposed to have a blue box in it, but that one is blank. What should I do?
Jules 2013-07-11 0 point DOS version
Im running on windows xp, and when i open the downloaded file theres nothing there to click to start it. Any help?
StrateJay 2013-06-02 0 point DOS version
Civ runs great I would say everyone into turn based strategy has to play it atleast once.
Fred 2013-04-21 0 point DOS version
The game randomly crashes when I attempt to change what a city is working on. It doesn't always, but, when it crashes, it's when I am changing city production.
Shuuriken 2013-04-12 0 point DOS version
helpp....why i cant tun on the sound??? if i tun it on, it goes to error
se 2013-03-16 0 point DOS version
Even better, just use this link to get the answers to all of the quiz questions.
Northern Watch 2012-12-04 0 point DOS version
You guys have to install dosbox (search google for it)
Type in mount c c:\games\civ (This is a example of where i put my game folder)
Type in C:
And your playing the game now.
so long as they are in a Folder youll be able to play them through the dosbox
asdfq34598745 2012-11-20 0 point DOS version
Civilization has the weakest copy protection I've ever seen. It gives you the answers to its own doc check, and the doc check always occurs at 3000 BC, so you could just save the turn before that (3020 BC), and load if you fail the doc check. So easy.
S3nd41 2012-11-12 0 point DOS version
Does this have the security protection? It destroys all my units.
jibba 2012-08-30 0 point DOS version
excellent game..thank you..ONE QUESTION..
How do you bypass the security check questions that randomly appear without having the original instructions manual?
MegaZero 2012-08-09 0 point DOS version
Guys above, please look on youtube for a Dosbox tutorial
Tekdude 2012-08-04 0 point DOS version
Working ok for me on Windows 7(64 bit) using DOSBox0.74.
I extracted it to a folder I named DOS on my "D:" drive. It created a folder called CIV in it.
In DOSBox, at the "Z:\" prompt, I mounted the folder as my "C:" drive by entering this command: mount c d:\dos\civ
After, I changed to my newly mounted "C:" drive by entering: C: at the
Lastly, at the "C:" prompt, I entered CIV (that is the executable file). You go through the SETUP and then INTRO and I was in.
Fun stuff. Hope this helps.
Confused Person 2012-06-15 0 point DOS version
When I downloaded it, it was just a bunch of different files that I couldn't use. Help!
admin 2012-05-04 0 point DOS version
"this download seems to be missing the executable file"
?? Double check this ;)
stasis06 2012-05-03 0 point DOS version
I've never plaid a game so much without getting bored of it. That being said, my Super Nintendo copy finally stopped working (NOOOOOO) and this download seems to be missing the executable file. I already have DOSBox and it won't open without the correct file. Any suggestions?
Satanicus 2011-06-02 0 point DOS version
Catdog@ None of Dos games works in Win7.. Get DosBox to run it.
Annie 2011-03-17 0 point DOS version
Having trouble running this game on your OS? Try DosBox, or if it's not a dos game, take a look at the file extension and do a search for a like emulator.
vantaran 2010-05-24 1 point DOS version
Civilization is one of the classics that defined PC gaming for the '90s. I spent whole days and nights playing the game, and it still has a firm lock on me today.
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