It was an unexpected but pleasant surprise when mobile developer Aspyr released a full port of Civilization VI on the iPad two years ago. Sadly, Android fans were left in the lurch. Now, Aspyr has surprised us again with an Android version of the game. This isn’t one of those Revolution-branded mobile versions of Civ — this is the full game on your phone or tablet, and you can try it for free right now.
- Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Platinum Edition is the perfect entry point for PC gamers who have yet to experience the addictive gameplay that has made Civilization one of the greatest game series of all time. The package includes Sid Meier's Civilization VI, six DLC packs as well as the Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions.
- Become a leader for the ages. Civilization VI is a game about building an empire to stand the test of time, and the Rise and Fall expansion brings new choices, strategies, and challenges for players as they guide a civilization through the ages. Can you inspire the Loyalty of people around the world, or will you lose cities to your rivals?
The Civilization series launched in the early 90s, quickly becoming the gold standard for turn-based strategy video games. The formula has been refined over the years with the addition of religion, larger urban centers, and more ways for Gandhi to nuke your cities. That’s all in the Android version, which looks and works very much like the full PC edition.
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In addition to these new systems, Civilization VI: Gathering Storm introduces eight new civilizations and nine new leaders. Seven new world wonders can be constructed, as well as a variety of new units, districts, buildings, and improvements. Requires Civilization VI game. Sold separately. Pack #6: Adds one new civilization and leader, one new game mode, new World Wonders, and one new map. Available March 2021.New game mode requires the Gathering Storm expansion to play.New game mode requires either the Rise and Fall or Gathering Storm expansions to play.
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As with all other Civ games, the goal is to found and expand your civilization until you can successfully defeat all the other players. You can do that at the tip of a spear with a domination victory, by slipping the surly bonds of Earth with a science victory, or with one of several other victory conditions. The way you play Civilization VI is entirely up to you, and that freedom means there’s much more complexity than your average mobile game.
After playing a few dozen turns, Civ VI on Android seems very close to the PC version. You still get all the menus, options, leaders, reports, units, wonders, and other content that has made Civ VI so popular. Some of the animations have been eliminated or simplified, and the frame rate appears to be locked at 30fps. I played the game on a tablet (yes, Android tablets are still a thing), but the UI is very dense even on a 10-inch display. If you intend to play the game on a phone, it should be a big one.
As for performance, it’s been fine with a Snapdragon 855. I was actually pleasantly surprised how quickly games load. However, I can’t confirm that will be the case in the late-game. Even a powerful computer (or the iPad, for that matter) can get a bit sluggish with a fully revealed map and numerous civilizations vying for dominance.
You can try the first 60 turns of Civilization VI for free. After that, it’s a $20 in-app purchase for the full version. The game’s two expansions are also available, but they’re even more expensive. Rise and Fall is $30 and Gathering Storm is $40. It’s all priced like a PC game, but the experience might not be up to snuff unless you’ve got a big, powerful Android device.
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