Parents' Guide to

Galactic Civilizations II Gold Edition

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

As an opponent, this strategy game is super smart!

Game Windows 2007
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At the easiest levels, the AI lets players learn the fairly complex controls and options without too much harassment; at the hardest levels the AI can be brutal. In fact, the AI is so human-like, it shouldn't be too hard for players to forgive the game's lack of multiplayer gameplay. Players looking to influence the result of a conflict with fancy flying or sharp-shooting accuracy will be disappointed -- once a battle starts, the computer takes over and the player merely watches it play out.

The game is nicely balanced, letting players manage their empire without getting weighed down by the details as the empire grows. It is incredibly replayable. The free-play mode lets players select from dozens of options: from a two-hour afternoon cakewalk to a weekslong tug-of-war among nine different opponents. Galactic Civilizations II is fun to play, and it's a worthy addition to any strategist's collection.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Stardock
  • Release date: February 13, 2007
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Language and mild fantasy violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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