Tha’ts right, folks. I’m not talking about Civ 4, the most anticipated version of the Sid Myer’s command and control civilization simulator. This is all about it’s older brother, bundled with both expansion packs and a few other niceties.
I’m just going to get the the point on this game, and save everyone a heck of a lot of time. If you have an Intel Mac, forget about it. It’s not a universal app, and running in Rosetta on my Core Duo Mini was as much fun and the same speed as a Nova marathon on PBS. However, a Dual 2.5Ghz G5 chewed threw it like a dog treat.
Secondly, why even repackage this and add a few things when releasing it’s successor the same week? Any self-deserving Civ fan would have stayed up with the expansion packs, and Macsoft offers no recourse for their faithfulness.
And finally, there is no preferences for video resolution. In fact, the manual doesn’t even mention that their isn’t a preference for it. So TAB readers, if you know how to run this game at a higher resolution than 1024×768 I’d love to see it in the comments.
Aside from these two things, it’s a great game. It pulled me in, made me think, and best of all allowed a path of destruction Stallin would be proud of.
Of course, in my totalitarian rampage, I left behind an unhappy civilization yearning for peace.
So I made nice and focused on making my people happy. That’s when things went south. My war efforts also left me vulnerable at the homeland, and once my enemies made landfall it was all over.
In short, if you aren’t planning on giving up your PowerPC any time soon (assuming Aspyr doesn’t patch this to become a UB) then it’s a good pick. Otherwise, grab Civilization 4 and have fun with it on your shiny new Mac Pro.