Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

Common Sense Media says

PC strategy game gets retooled for console gaming.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Up to four players can play competitively in system link or online play.


Battles are waged, but the animations that accompany them are innocuous. Tiny soldiers do little more than wave swords and fire guns. No blood is shown, and defeated characters simply crumple and disappear.


A few of the female leaders show cleavage.

Not applicable

This game is part of the long-running Civilization series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and tobacco are mentioned in passing in the game's text describing how various kinds of land are exploited.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is a streamlined, console version of Sid Meier's Civilization strategy games, which have, until now, only been available for PCs. Though the game doesn't accurately replicate the rise of real world civilizations, it does use the names of real leaders and cities, and it allows players to build authentic recreations of several stunning feats of human engineering, such as the Pyramids and the Statue of Liberty, making it a vaguely educational experience. Play has been simplified for couch-bound gamers and controls retooled for traditional gamepads, but it is still complex enough that young players will likely find the learning curve fairly steep. Violence is minimal, and there is no sexuality or coarse language.

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What's it about?

Sid Meier's Civilization franchise has delivered some of the most popular and beloved PC games of all time, but their overall complexity and seeming dependence on keyboard and mouse controls have kept them from moving from the study to the living room -- until now. SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION is a completely revamped version of the PC Civilization experience, designed to take advantage of traditional console gamepads and deliver a simplified, faster-paced brand of turn-based strategy/society simulation that's better suited for couch-bound play.

Much of the magnificence of the Civilization games has resided in their enormous scope and the breadth of options they provide players, which, combined, all but guarantees that no two games ever feel the same. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution retains both of these features. Which leader will you be? Cleopatra? Gandhi? Lincoln? Each comes with his or her own set of advantages that result in military, cultural, and economic bonuses. How do you plan to win the game? Through scientific enlightenment, cultural growth, brute militarism, or greedy capitalism? All are possible, and players make strides toward each every time they decide to invest in the development of new technologies, consruct new cities, build new world wonders, or train new military units. Simply put, the key elements that define the essence of a previous Civilization game are here, and they've been expertly implemented.

Is it any good?


Nonetheless, not everything found in the PC games is present. In bringing Civilization to consoles the game's makers have wisely decided to simplify several of the franchise's more byzantine ingredients. Workers, for example, now do their own thing -- we can't set them to develop specific plots of land or work on particular bits of infrastructure, such as roads. What's more, some of the options available in the creation of new games -- such as the size and form of the world we fight to dominate -- simply don't exist. And PC fans will undoubtedly lament the lack of modded content and expansions -- scenarios created both by the game's original makers and other players -- that are available for other versions of the game. Still, given the platform it was made for, it's hard to ask for more than what we've been given in Civilization Revolution. Turn-based strategy gaming on a console has rarely been so good.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various leaders featured in the game and discuss the roles they played in our history. Do the strengths and weaknesses bestowed them in the game accurately reflect their real-world attributes? Do you think any have been given unfairly advantageous abilities? You can also discuss technology. Does the game's technological progression make sense? Time passes more swiftly at the beginning of a game than at the end to reflect how much more quickly technological innovations have occurred in recent centuries and decades. How has this affected our civilization in terms of population and the environment? Are these factors accounted for in the game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Games
Release date:July 8, 2008
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byashcatash5 February 7, 2009

Best Civ. Game for DS

No question here, this is an amazing Sim game. The computer versions are better, of course, but for the portable DS, this is the one to buy! It is challenging enough to keep adults entertained, and the easiest mode is accessible to older kids.
Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2009


Great game but it's mostly either living in peace or killing people to rule the world
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old November 22, 2012

civ epic

:teaches strategy bad parts nothing to bad violence killing shooting slicing some girl characters wear skimpy outfits
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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