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Parents' Guide to

Sid Meier's Civilization V

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.

Game Windows 2010
Sid Meier's Civilization V Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+

Good ideas, but many problems

Not the best Sid Meier game, but certainly not bad, its new tile system is a great improvement, but it can tend to be very all-or-nothing and get boring, especially in the later game. Strategy can also be very cheesy.
age 10+

Still holds up after all these years

Civilization V is a great game with massive content. Since it is a turn based strategy game there will be some combat, but it is not detailed. The game is more focused on civilization and army management as well as political and trade dealings. There are references to wine and tobacco, but no shown consumption.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (26 ):

Civilization V’s changes aren’t limited to simply making things more user-friendly. A new social policy system allows players to mix and match ideologies such as fascism and rationalism for strategic growth in areas like technology and population happiness. And the introduction of city-states that can be used as allies or pawns adds an entirely new element of strategy worthy of significant consideration.

What’s more, Civilization’s battles have never been better. Cities can now defend themselves, which means no more piling them full of soldiers you’d rather have on the front lines. And whereas players once stacked units into massive armies before merrily marching off to war, each unit now occupies its own space on the map, forcing players to strategically line up ranged attackers behind melee units in preparation for sieges. Simply put, it’s tons of fun. This season’s high-profile shooters might steal the spotlight for the moment, but if there’s one game released in 2010 that people will still be playing five years from now, it’s Civilization V.

Online interaction: Multiplayer supports open text and voice chat so players could hear unwanted and inappropriate communication.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Subjects: Math : addition, money, subtraction, Social Studies : cultural understanding, government, power structures, Language & Reading : reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, decision-making, prediction, Creativity : developing novel solutions, Tech Skills : using and applying technology, Responsibility & Ethics : learning from consequences, making wise decisions
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 17, 2019

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