Civilization Revolution 2

Common Sense Media says

Fun history strategy game has improved graphics.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and tobacco are mentioned in cultural and agricultural contexts.

Privacy & safety

The game has a comprehensive privacy policy, but it's extremely reader-unfriendly. Players have the option to connect to Game Center through the app.

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. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Like other titles in the Civilization franchise, this app has an immersive, addictive quality. "One more turn" often turns into "another half hour." Multiplayer mode would increase the engagement factor even more.

Learning Approach

Players practice strategic thinking as they move their units and decide what to research next. It's an empowering experience, as your own research and choices play a key role in determining your chances of victory. While victory can be achieved in many ways, it's never easy. 

Support

The game has several support tools to help players in their decision making and to keep them abreast of where they stand in the game. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • problem solving
  • strategy

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk about...

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

  • Families also can talk about the nature of discovery. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$14.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:July 2, 2014
Category:Simulation Games
Topics:History
Size:428.00 MB
Publisher:2K Games
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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