The ability to take Sid Meier's world simulation with you anywhere you go is a dangerous proposition for the millions of players counted among the fans of this long-running series. Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a great fit for Nintendo Switch, capturing the addictive strategy and turn-based play of its PC precursor perfectly. The hybrid interface that supports both touch screen and physical controls (you can stick to one or the other, or use a mix of both) is intuitive and empowering. And the game runs surprisingly smooth on Nintendo's relatively underpowered hardware, so long as you don't tax it too much by playing on a really big map. Plus, it comes with lots of extra content beyond the base game, including additional leaders, civilizations, and scenarios. Players looking for a shorter game with specific objectives can try colonizing Australia without combat, conquering Europe as a Viking leader, or defending Poland from a host of aggressors. These quicker, lightly directed scenarios suit the Switch experience very well, especially when playing on the go.
Of course, as with any port to new hardware, Civilization VI's move to Switch brings over the occasional quirk. One of these is that text details of notifications are now pushed to a separate screen rather than automatically popping up on the right side of the display (as they do in other versions of the game), presumably to keep the Switch's smaller display from becoming cluttered and crowded with information. This can leave you blind to other civilizations' strategies and your own cities' troubles if you don't take the time to check them, so make sure you do – especially if you see a red alert notification pop up. But Sid Meier's Civilization VI on Switch is, by and large, a smashing success. It's fun, educational, strategic, and inspiring. Whether this is your first time jumping into Sid Meier's human history simulation or you're a die-hard fan of the PC series and just want the ability to build empires on the go, it earns an easy, wholehearted recommendation.