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Sid Meier's Civilization

DOS - 1991

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
4.55 / 5 - 314 votes

Description of Sid Meier's Civilization

If you haven't play Sid Meier's Civilization (also known as 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) already, go ahead and download it now! Published in 1991 by MicroProse Software, Inc., Sid Meier's Civilization features strategy in a managerial, turn-based genre.

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.

Paradigm wrote : 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

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Comments and reviews


Alpha added this comment on 2014-09-01 :

Estou apaixonado por Renata Hass Betetto


Chizzard added this comment on 2014-08-08 :

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 added this comment on 2014-07-25 :

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. ..


Sherbert T Cat added this comment on 2014-07-05 :

This is one of the greatest games ever created.


Great Game added this comment on 2014-07-01 :

Don't trust Ghandi


TheOlderGamePlay added this comment on 2014-06-18 :

7:Is one of the most awesome strategy game I have played.


Kynrek added this comment on 2014-06-11 :

AN Excellent SIM game!


Agentwindex added this comment on 2014-05-20 :

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


alexakispantazo added this comment on 2014-05-10 :

It's the original DOS version 3 (474.03)


oscar added this comment on 2014-04-24 :

this is so amazing game!!!


ANSELMO added this comment on 2014-04-15 :



fresh and clean added this comment on 2014-04-04 :



BrennenderStahl added this comment on 2014-03-14 :

now i'm playing freeciv - because its free software (free as in freedom)


Kal added this comment on 2014-02-13 :

After I select audio/graphic/keyboard options the game will not start and then opens up dos under the A: heading...


Sir Smith added this comment on 2014-01-28 :

This guide works for me. :)


lawlcakes added this comment on 2014-01-24 :

@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.


That guy added this comment on 2013-12-07 :

I'm on a mac, how do i start it?


ThatGuy added this comment on 2013-11-30 :

Someone PLEASE tell me the answers to the DOC check?


KoreusZ added this comment on 2013-10-13 :

I Have the actual game on cd, but it wont run in dosbox.


chris added this comment on 2013-08-01 :


Yeah... right... pity for you, but Alexander was Greek and he united all Greeks against the Persians. Go cry more now.


jamesfrizzle added this comment on 2013-07-16 :

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 added this comment on 2013-07-11 :

Im running on windows xp, and when i open the downloaded file theres nothing there to click to start it. Any help?


StrateJay added this comment on 2013-06-02 :

Civ runs great I would say everyone into turn based strategy has to play it atleast once.


ToBeAdvised added this comment on 2013-05-20 :

So, this is were it all began.


NoiNha added this comment on 2013-05-01 :

nice game


Fred added this comment on 2013-04-21 :

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 added this comment on 2013-04-12 :

helpp....why i cant tun on the sound??? if i tun it on, it goes to error


onefromthenorth added this comment on 2013-04-03 :

Best game ever! Except for CivNET


se added this comment on 2013-03-16 :

Even better, just use this link to get the answers to all of the quiz questions.


ygv added this comment on 2013-03-15 :



necroscope86 added this comment on 2012-12-19 :

I used to love playing this game on my Amiga.


Northern Watch added this comment on 2012-12-04 :

You guys have to install dosbox (search google for it)

Open Dosbox
Type in mount c c:\games\civ (This is a example of where i put my game folder)
Type in C:
Type civ

And your playing the game now.
so long as they are in a Folder youll be able to play them through the dosbox


malachi added this comment on 2012-11-29 :

i have never played it


asdfq34598745 added this comment on 2012-11-20 :

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 added this comment on 2012-11-12 :

Does this have the security protection? It destroys all my units.


wilspiers added this comment on 2012-10-06 :

lol someone asked already thx


wilspiers added this comment on 2012-10-06 :

how do i play this game i cant get it to run


dafrandle added this comment on 2012-10-03 :


use google


jibba added this comment on 2012-08-30 :

excellent game..thank you..ONE QUESTION..

How do you bypass the security check questions that randomly appear without having the original instructions manual?


MegaZero added this comment on 2012-08-09 :

Guys above, please look on youtube for a Dosbox tutorial


Tekdude added this comment on 2012-08-04 :

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
"Z:\" prompt.

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 added this comment on 2012-06-15 :

When I downloaded it, it was just a bunch of different files that I couldn't use. Help!


Anonymous added this comment on 2012-06-12 :

How do I make him run in DosBox?


Biscuitfondler added this comment on 2012-06-01 :

What about mac?


admin added this comment on 2012-05-04 :

"this download seems to be missing the executable file"
?? Double check this ;)


stasis06 added this comment on 2012-05-03 :

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?


Danielle added this comment on 2012-03-11 :

One of the best games of all-time


Bill added this comment on 2011-12-24 :

It doesn't work with Windows 7. You have to use dosbox


Teabag added this comment on 2011-12-16 :

It is cool


archie added this comment on 2011-12-03 :

good !!!!


Slavic added this comment on 2011-06-05 :

How can you build your palace to the max?:O


Satanicus added this comment on 2011-06-02 :

Catdog@ None of Dos games works in Win7.. Get DosBox to run it.


catdog added this comment on 2011-03-28 :

Does anyone know if this game runs with windows seven?


Purplekid added this comment on 2011-03-20 :

Best game ever made!!!!


Annie added this comment on 2011-03-17 :

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.


Mismu added this comment on 2010-12-23 :

Dosbox fixes the problem :)


admin added this comment on 2010-10-26 :

Hmmm, no, no @Sim, it is in the archive.


Sim added this comment on 2010-10-26 :

execuable file is missing.


vantaran added this comment on 2010-05-24 :

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.


macedon added this comment on 2010-02-09 :

Alexander is Macedonian and emperor of Macedonians!


admin added this comment on 2009-11-10 :

The file works fine


dasada added this comment on 2009-11-07 :

zip file is broken

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