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iPhone Review: Civilisation Revolution

Posted on 5th Aug 2010 at 10:33 by Joe Martin with 21 comments

Joe Martin
Ugh, it’s late – I’d better turn my iPhone off and go to bed. I’ll stop playing at the end of this turn, so I can start more easily tomorrow morning.

Well, I’m only two turns away from researching gunpowder actually, so I’ll finish that and then I’ll go to sleep…

Excellent, I get two Riflemen units as a bonus for researching Gunpowder first! I’ll just test them out, super-quickly. Gandhi is going to regret conquering Buffalo now!

What? An army of Archers could never defeat a platoon of Riflemen! I’ll rush some more soldiers through production, bring in that Cruiser for support and rectify this mistake next turn.

I wonder if Cambridge is annoyed that Oxford University are mentioned as a Wonder of the World and not them? Either way, it’s only two turns until construction of that is complete. I’ll get my advanced tech, then I really should stop playing...

iPhone Review: Civilisation Revolution
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How did I get this far without researching the Aqueduct yet? I wonder if I can extort the knowledge from Napoleon? No? Ok, rush production on the Great Library and start to mass leftover Legion units around Paris.

Hello, Russia. Will you please take care of the Mongols in exchange for some shiny coins? Thank you. Don’t worry, I’ll research Banking in a bit and get all the cash back then.

Oxford University complete. I said I’d stop playing, but realistically I’ve got to try out these Bomber units at least once. Taste burning death, Gandhi!

I really should go to sleep now, but next turn it will be 1900AD, which is a nice, round number…

If I’m really going to review this game properly in the morning then I need to have a decent understanding of all the units. Start researching tanks.

I love how the Leonardo’s Workshop wonder upgrades all my units. Russia is going to regret betraying me once I bring my Infantry into position a few moves from now.

Verdict: I’ll write this verdict once I’ve explored the last few islands – there has to be an Ancient Wonder left somewhere...

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Blademrk 5th August 2010, 10:43 Quote
I take it the iphone version is addictive then (I know the 360 version was). I've got the light version on the iphone, just haven't tried playing it yet....
CardJoe 5th August 2010, 10:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
I take it the iphone version is addictive then (I know the 360 version was). I've got the light version on the iphone, just haven't tried playing it yet....

I'll respond to this comment as soon as I've research Mass Media...
Omnituens 5th August 2010, 12:53 Quote
I get this all the time with turn based games - Front Mission 3 (just one more mission) and Birth of the Federation (when it's not crashing) are the biggest offenders.

A mobile version of BotF would be incredible :(
tripwired 5th August 2010, 12:56 Quote
lol excellent post, will have to give this game a whirl
sear 5th August 2010, 13:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
I take it the iphone version is addictive then (I know the 360 version was). I've got the light version on the iphone, just haven't tried playing it yet....
This might sound elitist and condescending, but.... why would anyone play Civilization on a console?
devilxc 5th August 2010, 14:16 Quote
Having it on a phone is just dangerous. I'd never get anything done. Although I would have liked it if they'd gone retro with the graphics.
Abhorsen 5th August 2010, 14:35 Quote
I so know this feeling. Civ eats time.
sotu1 5th August 2010, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blademrk
I take it the iphone version is addictive then (I know the 360 version was). I've got the light version on the iphone, just haven't tried playing it yet....
This might sound elitist and condescending, but.... why would anyone play Civilization on a console?

I think having played Civ PC version already, anything else seems dumbed down...and it is...but it's really reaching out with a different game to a different audience who might not have played Civ before
Blademrk 5th August 2010, 15:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
This might sound elitist and condescending, but.... why would anyone play Civilization on a console?

tbh, I seem to prefer playing games on the console these days.
I don't know why but Civ IV Rev on the 360 feels different to Civ IV on the PC.
WildThing 5th August 2010, 16:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by tripwired
lol excellent post

+1
pimlicosound 5th August 2010, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
This might sound elitist and condescending, but.... why would anyone play Civilization on a console?

Maybe because:

1. They don't have a PC that can run it.

2. They don't have time for an 8 hour game of Civ 4, but can manage a 2 hour game of Civ Rev.

3. Civ Rev is a great game.
CardJoe 5th August 2010, 17:09 Quote
Civ Rev is great. It's not Civ, but it is great.
sp4nky 5th August 2010, 18:04 Quote
Playing before you go to sleep isn't so bad. What's really dangerous is when you decide to have a "quick" game when you get up in the morning, before you have to go to work.
CardJoe 5th August 2010, 18:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by sp4nky
Playing before you go to sleep isn't so bad. What's really dangerous is when you decide to have a "quick" game when you get up in the morning, before you have to go to work.

N'ah, I just walk and play, walk and play, get on the train and play, realise I'm on the wrong train and swear and play.
memeroot 5th August 2010, 22:39 Quote
android?
robots 6th August 2010, 02:42 Quote
I've had the demo of this for months. I liked it but I wasn't convinced enough to buy it. I might give it a shot.
LJF 6th August 2010, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by memeroot
android?

IF ONLY! We can but pray.

On a side note. The system requirements for CIV 5 have been released!
I can't wait to ditch the laptop and xbox, cut myself off from society and reacquaint myself with my aging PC.
CardJoe 7th August 2010, 10:17 Quote
FYI - Civ Rev on the iPhone is free for today only http://www.freeappaday.com/napp.php?id=301
wuyanxu 7th August 2010, 10:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
FYI - Civ Rev on the iPhone is free for today only http://www.freeappaday.com/napp.php?id=301
definitely worth the 80MB download. was going to post a headsup, Joe beat me to it.

also, that site is brilliant, worth checking everyday.
CardJoe 7th August 2010, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu

also, that site is brilliant, worth checking everyday.

Other free game a day sites:
http://www.freeappcalendar.com/
http://www.freegameoftheday.com/
robots 8th August 2010, 06:41 Quote
Hey thanks for the heads up, I just got it free. Nice.
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