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Sid Meier's Civilization

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Windows 3.x - Mac - Amiga - Atari ST - SEGA Saturn

Alt name Sid Meier's Civilization: Build an Empire to Stand the Test of Time
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States (1991)
Australia, Brazil (1992)
United States (1993)
United States (1997)
Germany (1999)
Genre Strategy
Theme 4X, Generated Levels, Managerial, Turn-based, Turn-based strategy
Publisher Hasbro Interactive, Inc., MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MPS Labs
Perspectives Isometric, Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.52 / 5 - 1268 votes

Description of Sid Meier's Civilization

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Sid Meier's Civilization was a watershed for the 4x genre before the genre even had its present name. While there had been earlier games that incorporated many of the features, such as conquest, tech trees, and city management, Sid Meier's landmark game brought them all together and with the necessary oomph and flair to appeal to a large demographic beyond just wargamers that gave it a staying power as one of the most dominant and recognizable PC franchises in history.

The premise is simple but has become timeworn: you take a faction from Stone Age primitivism to either global conquest or interplanetary colonization. You research technologies, which allow you to build better units and new city improvements. You're presented with opportunities for peace and trade or war and conquest.

Advances are less linear than RTS games and improvements are permanent [unlike, say, Age of Empires, where you play multiple scenarios with your civilization and start essentially from scratch each time]. This gives you a bit of flexibility in your strategy, though there's only a limited amount of optimization—it's not rock-paper-scissors; units progress with each era in a straight-forward manner—it's more about when you get one of one type over one of the other. The biggest strategic factor is Civilization's signature “Wonders of the World” improvement; these unique city projects are as numerous as they are expensive, so building them all yourself is next to impossible on any reasonable challenge difficulty.

One of the notable aspects of Civilization was the rather motley and incongruous crew of historical figures used to represent each faction. Choices of leaders are less puzzling here than in later installments, perhaps, but it must have been a programmer's sick joke to make Mahatma Gandhi a bullying warmonger.

Civilization has some interesting world creation settings, which I strongly suggest you use, because the Earth map for it is absolutely terrible (crowded, poorly scaled, and god help you if you picked the English, who are stuck on an island).

Civilization is bright and colorful and is a fairly casual play compared to later installments. One can easily get an entire game in over the course of one late night or a lazy weekend.

Review By P. Alexander

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....

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How to play Sid Meier's Civilization


  • Patch 474.03 (01.04.1992) : several errors are fixed, the balance has been corrected, the ability to rename cities, etc. has been added
  • Patch 474.04 (21.07.1992) : install after patch 3.0
  • Patch 474.05 (13.10.1992) : fix bug when hovering advisors. Beta version of the patch, the final version did not work

Comments and reviews

Sawbone 2024-04-20 0 point

I would be willing to purchase an old laptop with just this game on it to remember a simpler time. In fact so much time I spent on this game. If your able to help me my email is

Perry Como 2024-02-02 2 points

A mysterious message coming from nowhere...

decker 2024-01-04 0 point DOS version

I get used to play this on :)

kennkool 2023-12-24 1 point DOS version

delightful game.playing it never grows old.

Foodzilla 2023-10-17 12 points


ivan866_z 2023-09-28 1 point DOS version

@JK you have to mount the folder in dosbox first; see either wiki or

ivan866_z 2023-09-23 0 point Windows 3.x version

known bugs:
- settlers may have infinite move points; use 2/3 MP by moving by the road, then set it to build fortress, immediately cancel the building, it will have 3 MPs again
- when you manage to conquer a city on the same turn it has been defeated by barbarians, the unit they have set for production will still be available, even if you haven't discovered the science required for it yet
- bombers have higher probability of victory in a battle when it has less than 3 MPs left
- the game may crash if you try to access any menu on the last turn of the game (either your spacecraft has arrived or you have defeated everybody)

JK 2023-09-12 0 point

I've got Magic DOSBOX on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and I'm having problems reaching the unzipped files. Always says invalid path.

What could be the problem?

I type in the path exactly as it shows when I click on the folder for the details.

Idea1407 2023-07-28 0 point DOS version

Tienes que lanzarlo USA do El dosbox.

Rick Lorenz 2023-06-11 4 points DOS version

I've been playing Civ 1 for about 30 years; it's used up a fair portion of my life. I have never had any luck with Women's Suffrage. It's supposed to stop citizens from becoming unhappy when you deploy troops under Republic and Democracy, but after building it, citizens still become unhappy. I wonder if anyone else has experienced and worked around this bug.

Rodo 2023-05-03 3 points

Alguien sabe que version o como descargar para windows 10?
Muchas ganas de volver a jugarlo pero todas las descargue y me dice q es incompatible.

libertarian 2023-05-02 0 point Windows 3.x version

I keep getting notices that the Civilization will not load.

Niagara Mike 2023-04-01 1 point

Another option for playing older games like this is PCem. PC emulator. It's a bit resource heavy as it actually emulates hardware, IE: Pentium 233 with soundblaster 16 and up to a Voodoo2 or 3 I think. We've used it to run Win98SE on a P200 so that we can get Cossacks Age of War to run at reasonable speeds multiplayer.

JJArden 2023-03-26 0 point DOS version

Hi I’m having trouble running this on my windows xp laptop. It’s an old laptop so it should run fine. But it’s just a black screen. The game runs but the screen is just black. How do I fix this? Anyone please? Thanks

Richard Murphen 2023-03-18 0 point

I remember this one from my gaming shed in Warsaw. It was fitted with its own electric blanket. We will remember this one long time. Thankyou from Dustoff Town

IT Geezer since 81 2023-01-12 16 points DOS version

I remember the first time I played this, when Stalin popped up on the screen and I think he had launched nukes. Made my heart stop... For me this was the best game up to that date.... Still like Civ now.
My gf almost broke up with me over this one, luckily she didn't. Now after over 30yrs of marriage, She still hates anything gaming.

dewitman 2022-12-26 0 point DOS version

Fantastic DOS game

Arik 2022-10-20 3 points DOS version

Starting from king level and higher level it is almost impossible to win the game this game is still pretty good:)

pagel 2022-08-31 1 point

Game keeps freezing when entering a city

Erick Bob Buster 2022-08-24 0 point

To enable the online saving option, you will first need to download the required repositories needed for cloud saving proper and integrate them into the windows shell. It can be done by performing a bench check at 60 by 2, over and under, over and out. There are countless tutorials available online.

Just ensure "Cntrl, X, bcbmxc and the 10th line of code meet parameters and you're good to go.

Wonky Alt History 2022-07-13 -1 point

Integer Overflow + Aggression System = Nuclear War Inducing Worldwide Figures of Peace. Perfect.

O Véio Vingador 2022-07-01 3 points DOS version

Bão, só vim aqui fazer uma denúncia. Há uma véia safada chamada Regina Célia Grande Messias, que foi "professora" de Direito na Uepg (jeito de dizer, porque nunca ia pra sala de aula, ficava se pendurando em cargo, passou a carreira sentada em cadeira enquanto os outros davam aula), parece que era dona de cartório e nunca me pagou os R$20,00 que me devia por uma aula pra tonga da filha dela. Já faz mais de uma década. Caloteira a véia! Eu não esqueci, véia mentirosa. Espero nunca mais ter que te ver outra vez!

Libertarian 2022-06-07 0 point Windows 3.x version

Is there anyway I can save my games while playing online. I use public terminals and all ways have to start from scratch. Thanks!

U2ER 2022-06-05 0 point

i can't run the game

Boombatty 2022-04-25 0 point

Alt+Enter to fullscreen dos box

ricky the stalion 2022-04-19 -1 point Windows 3.x version

this game is really dope and l mean cool

ricky the stalion 2022-04-19 -1 point

this game is really dope and l mean cool

O Amigo 2022-04-18 -1 point

Ontem (17/04/2022), minha desejada Renata Hass fez 40 anos. Delícia de mulher. Pode ter me bloqueado no email, mas ainda te amo. Adorei sentir teu cheiro nas tuas roupas, inclusive toquei punhetas deliciosas sentindo o cheiro do teu clitóris nas calças e especialmente nas tuas calcinhas. Senti na boca teu cheiro de mulher. Quando você quiser, serei teu amante.

Pat 2022-04-18 -2 points

How do you maximise the DOS window on your PC? It doesn't give the 'maximize' option

Doc 2022-03-12 1 point

Hello is that possible to play civ1 Online un android 10 phone, not download.

If yes, how to do it?
I tried downloadin civ file 19mb and 2mb but does not open on DOSBOX, when i unzip The file, it has 2 files but not ejecutable files.

Thank you,

Meine Abandonware Tipps 2022-02-02 -1 point

Kann nicht per Download abgespielt werden? Spielen Sie es in Ihrem Browser!

Pacifist 2022-01-30 1 point

To my understanding the Gandhi thing was a bug they set his aggressiveness to 0 but when some game event further reduced the value it wraps around to max value

My Abandonware Tips 2022-01-13 1 point

Can't Play By Download? Play It In Your Browser!

chevas 2022-01-02 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."

I have the same issues, making the game unplayable after 1500 BC. Any patch to fix this bug?

Steve Hoyland 2021-12-10 1 point

Move all but one unit. Save the game. Quit the game. Then reload saved game to start your turn from position of the last moved unit.
To move a non-water unit over large seas in one turn, build several transports. Set the transports in a chain (as far apart as they can go while reaching each other in one turn). load a unit (or more) on the transport on one end of the chain. take that transport to the next. Click on the 2nd transport and take it to the next one - repeat the same procedure until you reach the desired shore.
Hold [Shift] and type "1234567890". Cheat mode allows you to view the power chart, enemy cities and instant replay. It also allows you to fortify units, rearrange resources and sell improvements.
Press [Shift] + 5 + 6 during game. Then select any location on map.
Press [Alt] + R during game to generate leaders with random attributes.
(Note: This cheat could make the enemy stronger.)

anonymous 2021-12-07 1 point

I used to play civ 1 in the 90s ,sometime the older games are the bests

4chan Gary /vr/ 2021-11-20 2 points DOS version

Great DOS-ROM but too bad I died of dysentery.
I wish they released this for the 8-bit SEGA System along with Alex the Kidd/

demoniodojo 2021-10-25 4 points DOS version

I learned English playing this game, lol

Gordon 2021-09-11 2 points DOS version

To play DOS-Roms like this you need to install DOS-Box.

falsestep 2021-08-06 1 point DOS version

I have enjoyed Civilization for years. Really a breakthrough game. I'd like to recommend people try the original COLONIZATION by Sid Meier if you haven't tried that. I hate to think of the hours of my life spent on that game. Still one of my favorite passtimes is COLONIZATION. I like the original DOS version better than the upgraded Windows version.

A los que te voy a hacer lo 2021-08-04 0 point DOS version

La verdad es 6 que me gusta el

Steve Hoyland 2021-07-29 1 point

I love this game; It's one of those which I come back to and enjoy once again every few years, for a few weeks. Sid Meier will always be remembered as the true father of this genre and I recommend this game to anyone interested In 'God' games. (Regarding the above game description - A little research will reveal that Gandhi, like many people, had his 'bad side', so to speak, and was known by many of those around him as a tyrannical bully. Perhaps, If given autonomous control over his country and people, he may have indeed become a despot? Perhaps this Is why Sid decided to include him? To suggest that one of his team included Ghandi as a 'sick joke' is nonsense. Sid would never have allowed It.

Greg 2021-07-22 2 points DOS version

I love this DOS-ROM so much!!! And I wish they could also ported it to the 8-bit Sega System.

Wayne 2021-07-17 2 points DOS version

This DOS-ROM works very well with Windows 98 or any DOS Box too.

silviu22 2021-06-01 -1 point Windows 3.x version

MK's tip about using to install and run the windows version is excellent.

But I was too much in a rush to get it going when I tried it the first time and it didn't work. I ended up using dosbox and played the DOS version.

But next day I went to the windevm site and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. It turned out I had to edit install.reg to specify the folder in which I extracted winevdm BEFORE you install it. Once I did that, I was able to install and play the Windows 3.1 version of the program. It is so much better than the DOS version, since you see so much more of the map...

Lappis 2021-05-03 -1 point

Thank you for your quick solution!

MK 2021-04-26 2 points Windows 3.x version

Hey guys, quick tip.

If you want to run this or any other game on native Windows 10, you need to check this out:

What this does is allows you to run any 16 bit program natively on Windows 10. Which means you just need to install the Windows 3.X version of this game or any other really and just open it through this emulator, no need for DOS Box or any other Virtual Machines, its super useful.

I tried it myself on my laptop that runs Windows 10 (64 bit) and have no issues playing the whole game on my desktop!

Sergey 2021-03-20 0 point

works find on macOS BigSur

I have DOSBOX installed
then change the TouchBar to always show F keys
and follow instructions on mount
also make sure that you press Options+F10 so that DOSBOX grabs your mouse before you select "Mouse + Keyboard" settings

Vertigo 2021-02-24 1 point Windows 3.x version

Is there any way to get the Windows version running, or is DOS version + DOSBox the only way of playing Civ 1 in 2021?

Tried compatibility, tried patching, tried a tonne of googling, no success so far.

dientxpro46 2021-01-18 3 points

if you want to play this game on windows xp vista 7 8 10 you need dosbox then it works if you have any problem just ask me

HI 2020-12-24 0 point DOS version

does anyone have any tips for how to easily get money and advancements

Greg 2020-12-05 24 points DOS version

I wish all DOS roms were as great as this.

lordchickenhawk 2020-11-14 2 points DOS version

Great old game, thank you for preserving it for posterity!

WAR 2020-11-05 -24 points

After playing Civ VI a great deal, this game is... terrible.

Waxen Vittharr 2020-10-23 -2 points

my science played this so I thought why not and downloaded it

Steve da Balls 2020-10-18 -3 points

This is an awesome game! I love how easily it loads, NO NEED to install on my computer! I still get a kick out of having chariots around and fighting in 2100.... Go CIVILIZATION!

Alpha 2020-07-14 -18 points

Minha deliciosa Renata Hass... eu vim novamente me lembrar de como adorei sentir teu corpo, teu cheiro... lembro de tudo até agora, tanto tempo depois de nossa última transa. Fiquei com teu cheiro na memória até agora, e nunca imaginei que pudesse me apaixonar com tanta força por uma mulher! Como gostaria que continuássemos a sermos amantes! Jamais possuí uma mulher como você, e continuo te desejando da mesma forma! Deixe esse idiota o quanto antes. Quero você para mim!

Wayne 2020-06-13 39 points

I love this awesome DOS-Rom!!

Mac User 2020-05-26 -6 points Mac version

any help with download to Mac book?

Can play in browser mode but always freezes around 1800-1900 .

Great game & many thanks for this as you can still play & enjoy what you can.

Dim. Nor. 86 2020-04-27 -1 point

Classic gem !!! This game marked an era !!

PS : Whoever has problems with the original Dos environment (commands etc) can download for free D-Fend Reloaded. It's the best front-end for Dos. You just select "add game" and then "import archive file" and the installation is done in a few secs ! You don't even have to unzip the file/game you have downloaded !! Just google it and get it in a few secs !
No command lines and no difficulties at all :)

Paul 2020-04-16 -2 points Mac version

Unable to advance technology..?

Ayoyub 2020-03-18 -6 points DOS version do we start the game with dos version i try it with winrar but it doesn't work

Kush 2020-03-03 0 point DOS version

I can get the game running. How do I get the sound and patches working though w/ DOS?

C0d3W01f 2020-02-10 3 points DOS version

This website is great! Thank you to whoever put this on here! I really enjoy playing this game!

- C0d3W01f
P.S. Watch out for the nukes of Ghandi!

Skybuck 2020-01-03 1 point

Google "tutorial install ms-dos 6.22 on usb drive".

Maybe you will find might tutorial, it is mind blowing.

Then you can boot ms-dos from usb, awesome.

a bit pissed 2019-12-23 -5 points DOS version

Bruh? Why is this game missing civs? China? India? USA????? Is this some sort of shareware version?

Skid Row 2019-12-21 -8 points

German Versions gab es auch Ihr Pisser !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gayoyo 2019-11-03 1 point DOS version

why are my games not coming in full screen

KC 2019-10-18 0 point

So many patches, and above it says to run one patch after another patch is run...(How to play...Patch 474.04 :Run after patch .03) How do you do that with DosBox?, Very confusing, must of been one hell of a disappointment when people first purchased the game and it did not work, again, and again, and again. But still somehow is a "great game". I don't get it.

Cube Teh Robot 2019-10-14 1 point Amiga version

It Download like 19 different folders with the same thing in them even tho there different sizes! Which one should i use?

bruh 2019-10-06 0 point

damn I didn't know Sid Meier's had a whole Civilization to his own

OSH 2019-09-06 0 point Amiga version

My Nemesis... I played it recently on Emperor level and only one year was needed to win it…

Nick 2019-06-02 0 point

If you're getting the copy protection quiz come up and want to remove it - look up JCivEd and use that to patch the exe with the "no quiz" patch to remove it.

aMaZYNG 2019-04-16 1 point

i didnt played at the time because this game is not of my generation,but my father did and as he knew that i like retro he asked me to play the game and i love it

test A 2019-03-11 -3 points Atari ST version

I'm playing this currently online, here on this abondonware site, on a mac laptop, no mouse. I've figured out all the commands, except how to go into a city and change what I'm building (say, for example, off of militias and onto choosing to build settlers). I simply cannot figure out the commands. I found cheat sheets/keyboard shortcut lists online and studied them for ages but still nothing....can anybody help me? cheers! x

Have you tried turning it off and turning it on again?

Francesca Bush

davidrich7 2019-01-20 1 point

love this game!

s 2018-12-07 -2 points

I'm playing this currently online, here on this abondonware site, on a mac laptop, no mouse. I've figured out all the commands, except how to go into a city and change what I'm building (say, for example, off of militias and onto choosing to build settlers). I simply cannot figure out the commands. I found cheat sheets/keyboard shortcut lists online and studied them for ages but still nothing....can anybody help me? cheers! x

Nickname 2018-11-18 2 points DOS version

Is there command arguments for selecting graphics, sound and control choices ?
If possible, I'd like to avoid the "1 4 1" every time.
Bonus if there is an argument to load menu right away instead of waiting for input. Without input it shows an how-earth-came-to-be animation first, and only at its end does the menu load.

nickname 2018-09-14 4 points

just to let you know there is a problem with the browser version of this game after a few hours it just freezes up right after a city upgrade i dont know if its the browser version of the dosbox the browser itself or the game but i cant complete game if can please fix thank you

specimen 8 2018-08-14 4 points

how do i boot the game up?

Civgamer 2018-08-12 -2 points DOS version

How can I get all the available nations? I can not find americans, english, egyptian, greek, aztec and chinese in the list...

Rouge 2018-04-08 0 point

First, thank you to the person who gave me the way to take DOSbox full screen.

II started playing it on my sister's computer and liked it. She went shopping for a copy for me. After failing to find it at halk-a-dozen stores, she finally found one last copy. Have I really been playing it for some 25 years?

She also had Civilization 2 but I didn't like it as well.

My hard drive failed recently and my Windows 10 computer is running it in DOSbox. I've saved a game but the computer can't find it. It looks on the C: drive and brings up a series of .

I'm beginning to wonder if the wrong version was put onto this new computer because I was running the same version under Windows 3.1 on, I think, a 286. put it onto a 386, and a Pentium. Will it run on Windows 10? Hope so.
I noticed that I can download that version here. How long should it take at 48.0 or 49.2 dial-up?
Also, Oregon Trail sounds interesting.Can I run that?

libertarian 2018-03-27 -7 points

I hit download and all I get is a copy of the manual. What am I doing wrong?

nickname 2018-03-18 -1 point

i cannot for the life of me get this game to work.
ive managed to do other dos game but for some reason this one hates me

Akari-Kion6 2018-01-18 -1 point

Isn't that bad actually for a '91 game. Probably the better of out Sid Meier's Civilization 2.

Space man 100789 2018-01-04 0 point

This Game Is Amazing, It Is The First strategy game I have ever played, it also is the game that made me love the strategy genre of games

Ruan 2018-01-02 0 point DOS version

Can anyone please email me the manual for the first DOS Civilization?

PCB 2017-12-05 2 points DOS version

It doesn't help when you give the manual and the game the same exact zip file name.
They are both ""
Other than that thanks for all the work.

Just User 2017-12-01 2 points

OMG I never managed to pass middle ages... however, my friends used to go to space =)

Paweł 2017-11-22 1 point DOS version

Best game ever !

lawlesslars 2017-10-28 0 point DOS version

I am trying the early version on a samsung chromebook cursor doesn't seem to work
try keyboard only and can't find command to get into my city to change or buy something in queue Spilling out Militia until 1500AD before my city is reduced and the program goes into city. The whole point of the game seems unobtainble. I think I have tried all combinations of keyboard commands but not from every menu

Bigboss 2017-10-28 1 point

I need a version for mac in english.

Bietro 2017-08-30 1 point DOS version

And also implementing functional roland soundcard emulation,sound works only by choosing 4* in the time back then adlib was king so no wonder.

Bietro 2017-08-30 2 points DOS version

This Game Is Great ! 2
I Still Play It Every Day But I Noticed A Minor "Bug" , It Goes As Follows , When You Are In Game Thats Advanced "Probably Beyond 0AD" And You go to Your Town and Click On "Change" Button It Can Dissapear In Matter Of Seconds And Youre Stuck With "Not Responding Game *Tested on both browser version here and DOS (DOSBOX)(0.7.4) version* I Would Really Appreciate If Someone Can Release Patch For This It Would Be Really Helpful, Oh also i hate the slow movin around map *haha* so speeding the movement of cursor on the map would be nice too.

Thanks For Reading ! :)

Libertarian 2017-08-22 1 point

Since they put in this new set up, it only works on Chrome!

Sam 2017-08-02 -2 points

@ EDO , THANKS for the great description brother!

DPH 2017-06-20 2 points DOS version

There's lots of text files in the main folder - by changing the text in them you can mess around with loads of the stuff the people say in the game.

DoctorEvo 2016-10-21 3 points DOS version

Love this game! It really passes the time while I'm on airplanes and in airports. I use DosBox on Android.

moneylife 2016-09-08 4 points

Nukes!! this game took away hours of my childhood and adult life

PelleK 2016-06-25 3 points

To abandonware: this is awesome, thanks a lot!

To ME: I got the same problem, but solved it by changing the keyboardlayout in the DOSbox Options File from auto to keyboardlayout=gr (German QWERTZ Keyboard). This solved the problem for me. The Mouse can be locked in and out the DOSbox with CTRL+F10.

ME Wrote 2016-03-28:
every time I load civ, I get to select what screen, sound, mouse and keyboard options then immediately I'm dropped back to A:\ after it says integer div=a

Guy 2016-06-21 -1 point

Dear, Libertarian: not sure if you will read this but try downloading an original dos.

Libertarian 2016-06-19 2 points

For some reason it only works on Internet Explorer and not very good on it either. It used to work good on Chrome but doesn't anymore. Any suggestions?

tntlyz 2016-06-14 1 point DOS version

to ME, try 1,2,1 as your selections for gameplay options

tntlyz 2016-06-14 1 point DOS version

I still have the 5 1/2 inch floppies in the original box. Too bad the manual is missing

chizzy 2016-05-12 0 point DOS version

i created a custom keyboard for playing this on my android using freebox.
youll need muliling o keyboard, then add this custom layout.

me 2016-03-28 1 point DOS version

every time I load civ, I get to select what screen, sound, mouse and keyboard options then immediately I'm dropped back to A:\ after it says integer div=a

goon 2016-02-06 0 point

everytime i get mech inf it crashes so shit

thulee 2015-12-28 0 point

I want a nice game

MS-DOS 2015-12-15 2 points DOS version

Hi Gabek,
To run games such as Civilization, you get the application called DOSBOX ( Use the wiki ( to help you mount games like Civ. Hopes this helps! :)


gabeh 2015-12-12 -1 point

I tried to download civ on my Windows 7/64 laptop. I got an error message that civ was for 32 bit machine. Any suggestions?

fdisk 2015-11-10 -2 points

manual (german):

praforplagues 2015-10-26 -3 points

To get DOSbox to go fullscreen, press alt enter. Press alt enter again to exit fullscreen.

xander10 2015-10-10 -3 points DOS version

Civ ran fine and i really only can complain that i couldn't get DOSbox into fullscreen mode, any suggestions?

sid 2015-09-09 0 point DOS version

my game wont save something about .map

Gato 2015-08-15 2 points 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 4 points DOS version

the true test of this game series will be when the original players are eligible to run for office.

kiddxdeep 2015-05-29 12 points DOS version

this is the best fucking website

syntotic 2015-05-24 0 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.

Grand Gamer 2015-03-16 -1 point DOS version

Fucking Good!

EDO 2015-01-10 48 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 "c:"
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"
Very easy.

NeptunesNookGames 2014-12-18 -3 points DOS version

I recently finished a let's play of Civ 1 on my YouTube channel, here's a link --

Alpha 2014-09-01 3 points DOS version

Estou apaixonado por Renata Hass Betetto

Chizzard 2014-08-08 1 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 2 points 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. ..

Sherbert T Cat 2014-07-05 2 points DOS version

This is one of the greatest games ever created.

Great Game 2014-07-01 34 points DOS version

Don't trust Ghandi

TheOlderGamePlay 2014-06-18 0 point DOS version

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

Kynrek 2014-06-11 0 point DOS version

AN Excellent SIM game!

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

alexakispantazo 2014-05-10 0 point DOS version

It's the original DOS version 3 (474.03)

oscar 2014-04-24 0 point DOS version

this is so amazing game!!!

ANSELMO 2014-04-15 0 point DOS version


fresh and clean 2014-04-04 0 point DOS version


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 0 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 1 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.

That guy 2013-12-07 -1 point DOS version

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

ThatGuy 2013-11-30 -1 point DOS version

Someone PLEASE tell me the answers to the DOC check?

KoreusZ 2013-10-13 0 point DOS version

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

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 1 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 -1 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.

ToBeAdvised 2013-05-20 0 point DOS version

So, this is were it all began.

NoiNha 2013-05-01 0 point DOS version

nice game

Fred 2013-04-21 1 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 -1 point DOS version

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

onefromthenorth 2013-04-03 0 point DOS version

Best game ever! Except for CivNET

se 2013-03-16 3 points DOS version

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

ygv 2013-03-15 0 point DOS version


necroscope86 2012-12-19 1 point DOS version

I used to love playing this game on my Amiga.

Northern Watch 2012-12-04 -1 point DOS version

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 2012-11-29 0 point DOS version

i have never played it

asdfq34598745 2012-11-20 1 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.

wilspiers 2012-10-06 0 point DOS version

lol someone asked already thx

wilspiers 2012-10-06 0 point DOS version

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

dafrandle 2012-10-03 0 point DOS version


use google

jibba 2012-08-30 1 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
"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 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!

Anonymous 2012-06-12 -1 point DOS version

How do I make him run in DosBox?

Biscuitfondler 2012-06-01 0 point DOS version

What about mac?

admin 2012-05-04 2 points DOS version

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

stasis06 2012-05-03 -1 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?

Danielle 2012-03-11 0 point DOS version

One of the best games of all-time

Bill 2011-12-24 0 point DOS version

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

Teabag 2011-12-16 0 point DOS version

It is cool

archie 2011-12-03 0 point DOS version

good !!!!

Slavic 2011-06-05 0 point DOS version

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

Satanicus 2011-06-02 0 point DOS version

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

catdog 2011-03-28 0 point DOS version

Does anyone know if this game runs with windows seven?

Purplekid 2011-03-20 -1 point DOS version

Best game ever made!!!!

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.

Mismu 2010-12-23 -1 point DOS version

Dosbox fixes the problem :)

admin 2010-10-26 0 point DOS version

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

Sim 2010-10-26 1 point DOS version

execuable file is missing.

vantaran 2010-05-24 2 points 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.

macedon 2010-02-09 0 point DOS version

Alexander is Macedonian and emperor of Macedonians!

admin 2009-11-10 0 point DOS version

The file works fine

dasada 2009-11-07 0 point DOS version

zip file is broken

admin 2008-03-27 1 point DOS version

I taking a look at this, please search again later ;)

CtB 2008-03-24 1 point DOS version

any chance of getting the english version? I remember playing this too much at my Uncle's, it was like crack.

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