I played Civilization 4 on a mac many Years Ago. It was a very poor experience. I tried it on Steam but it was even worse. So I gave up on the game. I didn’t have the money to buy the newest mac that it demanded. Or rather I had the money, but it wasn’t worth it to me to spend that money just to play one game.
So when I read that it could play on an iPad I was curious. How in the world was this possible? It turns out that iPads are in some cases faster than many cheap laptops, and they simplified it to make it faster as well.
It still can take its time when you play map sizes that are larger than standard. However it was reasonable and playable. Something that I never felt on a mac laptop or pc at the time. Perhaps it was the fact that you had less choices, and the video was less. I liked it with the video, and I liked the old game style. Some things don’t improve with age.
So I have played it quite a few times on the iPad and its probably about the same amount of time to play overall. Even though the game runs faster, it still takes a very long time to play. I wish that you could just set a specific time you want to play the game like 30 minutes and then it speeds up or down the gameplay to accommodate that time-frame.
It is a huge commitment in time to play this game. The older I get the less those long form games appeal to me. I’d rather have something I could hit quick and come back to. Yes you can save your game and load it, but you loose the flow and the goal of what you were doing. This will never be a popular game unless they can change the time it takes to play. Not everyone has that kind of free time.
Should you buy an iPad for this game? I wouldn’t and I didn’t. I used a friends iPad. However if you are curious about this game the $30 price is a-lot cheaper than it used to cost, and you might enjoy it. If not, well be grateful you didn’t play it years ago.
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