Freeciv

Freeciv 2.4.0

Free Civilization style game

If you're a big fan of the classic Civilization game then Freeciv might be for you. View full description

PROS

  • Absorbing gameplay
  • Play against up to 30 other players
  • Large playing community

CONS

  • Graphics could be better

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If you're a big fan of the classic Civilization game then Freeciv might be for you.

Freeciv is a turn-based strategy game that works in real time and as the name suggests, is free to play. Your job is to manage the economic and military might of an entire civilization. Freeciv is clearly inspired by Civilization and although you can't expect it to deliver everything that the original did, it's an impressive effort for a free game.

Your main goal in Freeciv is to survive as long as possible starting with just a couple of plots of land, a settler and an explorer. Your aim is to to conquer as much land as possible, defeat as many nations as possible and ultimately reach the year 2000 AD. The fun thing is you can play alone or in multiplayer mode via LAN or net with up to thirty players.

Once you've made your moves, you need to keep an eye on what your opponents are doing but this isn't easy when so many variables change such as your economy, political situation, the weather etc.

The end result is that Freeciv is an absorbing game which will appeal to anyone who liked Civilization.

Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal:To become the greatest civilization. Freeciv is maintained by an international team of coders and enthusiasts, and is easily one of the most fun and addictive network games out there! That also means it has very extensive multilanguage support, something rare in games.

The goal of Freeciv is to build cities, which in turn can build armies to attack the other players. You start with 2 settlers and 1 explorer. Using the numeric keypad, move the settlers to a good location and build a city by pressing b (for build). Freeciv is turn based; every unit can move once per turn.

Cities also produce units, which can be used for various purposes, from fighting wars to enhancing infrastructure. Different strategies depend on different focuses between things external and internal to a city.

The eventual goal of the game is to win either by using military units to conquer all opposing civilizations, or by using massive scientific knowledge and production to build a spaceship to send to Alpha Centauri before your rivals can do so.

Freeciv

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Freeciv 2.4.0

— User reviews — about Freeciv

  • Toronto556

    by Toronto556

    "Too easy for other civs to go to war with you"

    Awesome but it is so easy for other civs can go to war with you even on Novice Difficulty and I wish you have the option... More.

    reviewed on July 22, 2013

  • softone1231

    by softone1231

    "nice one :)"

    do yourself a favour and read the manual first. it's an interesting and complex game, but not easy to follow without a g... More.

    reviewed on July 20, 2010