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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Civilization Revolution allows players to control one of history's great powers (Cleopatra's Egypt, Napoleon's France, Lincoln's America, etc.) from ancient times all the way into the space age. Along the way, they will build monuments, found cities, research new sciences, and wage wars. The violence is depicted in a non-graphic way, but it is there. There's a lot to keep track of and a lot to learn, making the game a difficult one for younger kids to play.
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Is it any good?
The CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION iPhone app (there's a different one for iPad) is less graphically spectacular than the console version of the same game, but it's still an incredibly deep and immersive experience in which you can conquer the world via war, technology, or culture. The iPhone's small screen makes it a bit more difficult to keep track of a global empire, but this isn't a quick pick-up-and-play game to begin with. Approach it with the right amount of patience and focus and you'll get the full historical simulation experience. Civilization Revolution is such a big game that it's a difficult one to translate into a mobile app, but the job was done remarkably well.