Civilization Revolution 2

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fun history strategy game has improved graphics.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about strategy and, to a lesser degree, history in this deep, satisfying simulation about the birth and evolution of human civilization. Players learn how trade, diplomacy, and various styles of government affect a nation's prosperity -- as well as the outlook of the population. Civilization Revolution 2 is a highly engaging game that lets kids practice strategy and problem solving while learning about -- and rewriting -- history.

Ease of Play

There's a lot to keep track of in this game, but, through a well-done tutorial and a made-for-mobile interface, it's fairly easy to do so. It is best suited for tablets, though, as the size of most phones makes it easy to miss something going on in a far corner of this virtual world.

Violence

There are plenty of threats, and battles between units ranging from archers to military vehicles is common, but, while skirmishes are shown and units fall down, there is no suffering or objectionable violence shown. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and tobacco are mentioned in cultural and agricultural contexts.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Civilization Revolution 2 is a mobile-focused version of the popular Civilization strategy franchise. Players control one of history's great powers (Gandhi's India, Caesar's Rome, or JFK's America, for example), building monuments, founding cities, researching new sciences, and waging wars (though there are plenty of ways to win besides through military means). There's violence in most scenarios, but it's not explicit. 

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What's it about?

Players control a great civilization and look to dominate the world in a variety of ways, through military might, scientific seniority, diplomatic means, and more. As players research new technologies, they open up new inventions, ranging from a civil court system to aircraft carriers to lasers. Moving units is as easy as touching the screen where you'd like them to go. Movement is turn-based but automatic. The game also presents several historical battles and events in its scenario mode -- and gives players who prefer a specific play style a chance to focus on that without interruption.

Is it any good?

History can be rewritten with CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION 2 -- and that's a big part of the game's appeal. Want Gandhi to be a warmonger? Or Alexander the Great to be the inventor of the U.N.? It's all possible! Although the gameplay isn't much different from that in the original Civilization Revolution, the graphics are greatly improved, and the game's artificial intelligence seems much sharper. Also, the introduction of scenarios unveils a new style of play that's tailored to fans of the series. 

What makes the game rise above other simulation/strategy titles is how your research plays such a key role in determining your chances of victory. By building the right thing at the right time, you can gain an advantage over other nations -- which adds a degree of excitement. There's no multiplayer mode, which is a bit of a shame, but there's more than enough to keep players busy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about negotiation and how resolving differences peacefully is a better option. 

  • Families also can talk about the nature of discovery. 

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