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Civilization - The ingenious recipe for success of the series

Top runners on Steam, huge fan base, no slip-ups: the Civilization series has been in the top league for a quarter of a century. And while other games may have a handful of reasons for their success, Civ easily has a dozen. We have gathered our 13 personal addicts here in loose order.

No dead noodle

Six games in 25 years - you can't exactly say that the Civilization brand is being noodled to death. Instead of selling an update as a full title every one or two years, Microprose and later 2K Games have held back when it comes to the number of hits. When Civilization 6 comes out in the fall, the predecessor will be six years old. At the same time four Need for Speeds and six Assassin's Creeds appeared ...

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The result: we get it every time a really new civthat we look forward to like Bolle and that plays differently despite the tried and tested core elements. The fact that it then takes several patches and one or two expansions until almost everything runs smoothly is due to the complexity of the game.

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Milestones everywhere

Otto Normalspiel lets us level up, gives us a new weapon, unlocks skills or gives us an upgrade. Civ, on the other hand, does not reward us with a single blob. But with entire chains of rewards.

For example, technologies that in turn give us many other possibilities: Those who research aviation can build triplane and World War II bombers, erect chateaus and pull up two wonders - the mysterious Easter Island statues and the ostentatiously pompous Prora holiday complex, which is still on the beautiful island today Rügen stands. And best of all, continue your research straight away, specializing in electronics and ballistics. And something like that happens with almost every research goal!

Civ 3: A New Age! We can't call it a day now! Our people need us!

It is much bigger Addiction and reward factorwhen we reach real milestones, such as a new age. That is why our mumbled "Just get into the atomic age, then I'll go to sleep, honestly!" Is completely a lie. Because with the atomic age we can suddenly get airports and the Pentagon, anti-tank guns and medical laboratories, we have to do that quickly ...

Trying out instead of planning

Bruce Shelley continuously test-played the Ur-Civilization, while Sid Meier dived into the program code.

Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley didn't design the original Civ on the design-document drawing board. But by playing, trying out, playing, changing, playing.

What sounds so simple has become rare these days, especially with large productions. There is simply no time for iterative testing and learning from mistakes.

But such an extensive game as Civilization, which does not play on rails, but constantly branches out and shows different constellations on the map and nations with each game, can hardly be tamed on paper. If there hadn't been Civilization in 1991 - no one would dare to do it today.

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It continues beyond the horizon

What's in the fog? A barbarian camp, a uranium field or even another civilization? Civilization awakens the discoverer in us right from the start. That was the case in 1991 and it is still today. Our natural curiosity, our collecting frenzy, our tendency to shout “First!” When we have sailed around the world or discovered a natural wonder, combined with a tangible reward - this permanent carrot-in-front-of-the-nose system is especially popular with later ones Civ parts continuously expanded.

Without a navigation system into the unknown: Right from the start, Civ makes us curious about how things are going beyond the horizon. Here in Civ 4.

The hidden natural wonders and the "emergence" of archaeological sites, the uncovering of strategic resources on the map as soon as we have researched the new raw materials, all of this still closes us in a very advanced game and with the map almost completely uncovered enthusiastic truffle pigs.

From a small group to a world empire

A single troop of settlers - that's all it takes to found an empire. Civilization starts out incredibly small and manageable, but quickly becomes more layered. The first city, the first neighbor, city number two, the first road link. And hey presto, a few moments later (which are "in real" days, weeks, even months) we have dozens of cities, enemies and friends, conquered the seas and gained air sovereignty.

But we don't even notice how a game is more and more complex becomes. As we will show in a moment, the mechanics of the game are understandable, and it generally makes no difference whether we manage two cities perfectly, two dozen or more.

Everyone starts small: Our lonely settler in Civ 2 ...

... and a flourishing metropolis in Civ 3.

Nice: Civilopedia has been exemplary since the very first series part, it doesn't just list unit values ​​and a few connections, but also explains the rules transparently. By the way, we learn a lot about history, science and politics. And how to keep nice neighbors happy - or annoy nasty ones.

The fights

Fighting is just fun on the computer. Whether at the beginning of the series, when a chariot could still dismantle a tank, or in Civ 4 and 5 with their transportable troops - it makes a difference whether we burn dozens of units in a tank rush like in other (real-time) games, or whether we take care of each one.

And that's why we shiver with every attack on our veterans, pulling back troops that are in trouble and healing them. After all, we didn't produce the guys in staccato, but over several rounds, foregoing buildings or saving gold in order to be able to recruit them. And in combat it is not the faster click that counts, but the smarter tactics, the combination of close and long-range fighters, airplanes and ships, the terrain, the experience. Who needs a bumblebee effect?

Panzer march! With modern weapons, the wars become much more dynamic than in the early game phase - here in Civ 3.

There are often more decisions to be made after the fight. Because conquered cities not only bring more income and population, but also dissatisfaction and new resources, counterattacks and sometimes even miracles. Our opponent may suddenly want peace - or may be even angrier. Then after the fight is before the fight. And then we're brooding again. Great!

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