|Sid Meier's Civilization IV
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Civilization IV is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now the fun and incredibly addictive strategy game reaches new heights by adding new ways to play and win -- along with new tools to manage and expand your civilization. Civilization comes to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world -- with all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options. It's a must-have for gamers around the world! Flexible Tech Tree allows players more strategic choices for developing their civilizations Team play offers a new way of setting locked alliances that result in shared wonder effects, visibility, unit trading and shared territory Over 70 in-game movies and animated sequences advance the story
- Match wits against world leaders in a quest to build the ultimate empire
- Detailed, living 3D world with animated units and customizable armies
- Flexible tech tree provides more strategic choices for developing civilizations
- Easy-to-use interface; team play offers new way of setting locked alliances
- Single player or multiplayer gameplay options
- The game is worst than the first version of its
I played its first version-test of time more than 10 years ago and I found it is even worse than that.
The graphics are bad: the interfaces are just like those generated by Microsoft office words.
The game is time-consuming and boring.
What I can remember after playing this game is clicking buttons to upgrade and move next term.
I myself don't like reading books and I found reading a book is more enjoyable than playing this game.
It shows no improvements on anything.
Don't waste your money on the game! you will certainly find even reading a boring literature article is more fun than spending hours for clicking button to "enjoy" the game! ...more info
- I wish I could give a lower score
I have wanted this game for a long time.
I have enjoyed other microprose games like Civ 1 and 2
Red storm rising and tank platoon.
My last computer crashed after 5 long years of enduring
XP I bought a vista machine and realized I could finally
play Civ 4. How wrong I was. If I were designing a game
I think I might just load it up on a computer before
shipping it out. Not so with frixas. When I loaded the game
last night my first frustration came when I could not play it.
How silly of me of course you have to load a patch.
However the patch says no game can be found. [..]...more info
- Boring but addictive
This game is different every time you play it. There are so many ways for each game to go that it is a bit like chess. There is a lot of strategy involved but everything gets bogged down as your empire gets bigger. I find that it is completely unfeasible to micromanage all of your units and cities every turn once you own a continent or two. Especially in wartime when hundreds of units need active management, a turn can take half an hour. Unfortunately, since I make plans for several turns every turn and I want to find out how well my plans turn out, the game, despite its boring mechanics, becomes extremely addictive. It is not uncommon for me to find myself bored out of my mind, yet unable to put the game down.
This is a good game but be aware that it can take over your life....more info
- Worst strategy game I ever played
While this is the first turn based strategy game I have played on computer, I have enjoyed games such as warcraft, starcraft, empire earth, warlords battlecry series and others. I was etremely disappointed when I started playing this game just to find out that on the easiest lvl I can't figure out how to win with any strategy. I dont care for wasting turns to build or research and it seems like half the game is just clicking the end turn button. Maybe I was not doing something right or maybe i'm just not good at turn based style games. but the bottom line is I would not recommend it for fans of real time stratedy. It's extremly restricting and I don't see how you can gain an advantage over your enemy if everyone has the same amount of turns. I also don't understand the fighting aspect of the game, it's takes alot of gold and time to build your army just to get it wiped out in the first scurmish and then you have absolutely no defences. I found the different characters on the playing board hard to find as they would stack and you had to mouse over and find the one you wanted from a small icon. When I bought this game I was assuming it would be more realistic and I had no idea that it is basically no more than a board game with A.I. If you are looking to play Risk buy this game but if you want Warcraft find something else.
I will continue to try and play it until I figure out how but it will prolly be the last turn based game I buy....more info
- LOVE CIV IV
Of course, I'm addicted to CIV IV... but I don't like the cap on the number of turns you're allowed to take. The game would be perfect if you could play with unlimited turns. I downloaded all of the recommended patches and haven't noticed a problem yet....more info
This is a typical turn-based game. It took me some time to figure out how to play and think like the game.The little details are very interesting, such as, the UN and Leonard Nimoy's lending his voice to the game.
I suggest getting the upgrade "Warlords." Make sure you update the upgrade though!
I really don't know what to say anymore....more info
And yet again we run out and pay $40+ dollars for the newest version of our games/software just to find out that the newest version is less impressive than the prior version. Apparently the designers of CIV4 have fallen into the trap of graphics and audio being more important than playability and the "fun" factor. The qualities that made CIV3 one of the best PC games of all times seem to have been ignored by the designers of CIV4 in a weak attempt to make it "the best ever". The quality of the game is devolving back to unimpressiveness such as Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars versus Episodes 4-6. No lesson learned?
The civilopedia reminds me of playing a Sesame Street game full of icons instead of a list of units, etc. The city screen also is juvenile with icons instead of a list of units, buildings, etc... It is frustrating having to search through a screen of icons instead of being able to choose something off a list or to see a list of buildings in your city. The military adviser screen has gone from excellent in CIV3 to a joke in CIV4. Instead of being able to choose units and upgrade or delete those units with your right mouse button you are now given a map of the world and have to click on the unit type, the city, and then choose the Sesame Street icon to upgrade or delete the unit. In CIV3 the entire list of possible buildings or units to build in a city came up on one menu. Now in CIV4 you have scroll through a list since it only shows the first ten or so improvements. The quick start function also has disappeared. When starting the game and given a less than desirable starting point you have to go through the entire menu of options sometimes I find 15 to 20 times before I can get a starting point not in a jungle or desert. From someone who remembers the Civilization board game (giving away my age!) and who has played every version of CIV on computer I have to say that CIV4 is the worst version. I have uninstalled CIV4 and put CIV3 back on my computer. The volcanoes and pollution of CIV3 is more tolerable than the entire CIV4. ...more info
- Wonderfully addictive!
My first experience playing this game was on a computer that didn't have the graphics card required to play it. I would play it and the characters would be floating eyeballs with hats, feathers or wigs dangling precariously in thin air. Still, I found myself staying at the computer for HOURS playing this highly addictive fourth installment of the CIVILIZATION series!
Once I had the proper graphics card??? FUHGEDDABOUDIT! I missed MEALS to play this game. I lost so much sleep in the first few days that when I finally DID stop playing I crashed almost before I could make it to the bed!
The story is nothing new. The overall "plot" or "point" of the game hasn't changed since Civ 1, but that's why people are drawn to it. It's familiar but updated.
The one modification I would like to see is having to change your ruler's name periodically. The game runs for 5,000 years!!! No one ruler is going to live for 5,000 years! You should play it as a dynasty. Montezuma XVI or George Washington CIX should be in charge by the time the game ends. Imagine Napoleon's GGGGGGGGGGGG Grandson on the throne of France.
I would like to see them borrow the "family" aspect of a game like ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS in future civ games...that'll tweak it JUST Perfectly in my opinion. ...more info
Start playing and before you know it the kids will be asleep on the couch, the pizza in the oven is burned, the dog has pooped on the carpet, and your wife is leaving you notes about needing to talk about "your relationship". Make sure you set aside 6 hours for Epic play because you wont want to stop once you start....more info
- Civ 4
The only thing I did not like about the game is the availability of cheating. Unlike Civ 3 there was little or no cheating. ...more info
- Like Doing Homework
I am a big fan of almost all RTS, but this TBS is like watching the paint dry. Sure you can do very cool things like make nukes, but the gameplay reminds me of integration by parts.
I played several games, and they take days to complete. Even after you have built and army to crush your enemy, it still takes about two hours to kill your enemy.
I'll admit that I haven't played any other type of TBS, but I have no idea how this won game of the year. Save your money, and play a strategy game that is actually fun, buy Starcraft BW for $10.
- Way kool cross platform game...
The game is a fun and thoughtful simulation of how civilizations advance from misty beginnings to a not so distant future. The 3D graphics are fun and informative. It's good instruction for anybody who thinks that national security is obtained just by buying troops. Unlike some computer simulations, people have the time they want to think out actions that would take years to implement in the real world. The Windows version on my wife's machine interacts fine with the Mac version on my machine. I'm buying another Windows version of the software to play with one of my grandsons in another state....more info
- A girl's review
I bought this game thinking it was more like Sim City, when actually it's nothing like that series at all! There is no hands on building and managing, at least not anything like the sims game. People considering buying the game should know that it is more board-game than Sim-style building. Some good things about the game were the graphics, discovering technologies, and expanding cities. The cons were that it moves at a slow pace, I was often bored with it. Also it seems like the AI (artificial inteligence) that you play against were either too easy of too hard to beat. Interesting game and concept. Probably wouldn't get future titles in this series....more info
- Civilization IV
I bought this game for my 18 year old son, and he was bored most of the time because he did not feel as challenged by this game as others he has played. Might be okay for 13 to 15 year olds. He said it wasn't terrible but it could be so much better and more challeging. One of the best things, he said was the "Scope", meaning the amount of land and civilizations. He said the game music for the first part was aweful then it got better. He said the combat was terrible and should be/could be made better for the gamer. He also said the first half of the game, meaning first 4000 years could have been probably removed or somehow made to go quicker. Overall, he was hoping for more of an historically correct game. He feels it is "historically lacking". ...more info
- Endless frustration
I've played the earlier civs and enjoyed them, but the last few are worthless. The basic levels are fine, but anything beyond that is just ridiculous. Focus on military and it beats you with other civs being more technologically advanced. Focus on science and the other civs will crush you with sheer numbers of their less advanced military force. Try to balance the two and it will engage you in wars of attrition where you spend all your resources trying to defend your territory and some other civ speeds by you in technology. Try to be nice to other civs, and trade technology or resources, and they use it to arm themselves against you. The "probability" score is meaningless (anything under 90% and you'll probably lose.) After a while, the whole tanks-losing-to-rifleman bit gets old (and yes I did apply patches.) I suppose it might be more enjoyable if I wanted to spend the next two months studying strategy guides, etc, but there are plenty of other more intersting games out there....more info
- The Patches are Vital
Civilization is a great series of strategy games, and Civilization IV doesn't disappoint in that area. Players who are experienced with previous games in the series will probably find that the general play style feels very similar to those games.
Casual gamers will be happy to hear that this similarity applies to their experience with Civilization as well. If you just want a few hours of doing something *just* difficult enough to keep your mind busy, but not have to expend a lot of mental energy, you'll do just fine with Civilization IV. While many games stick to easy, medium, and difficult modes (with some throwing in "god" modes), this one throws in a long list of difficulty levels that will allow you to fine tune the experience to be exactly right for you both in your first game, and as you naturally improve over time. It also retains the ability to select which paths to victory will be treated as valid (I don't know about anybody else, but for some reason I've always just found the space race victory to be obnoxious, so I keep it turned off).
There are changes that have an impact on gameplay, naturally. The addition of religion is one of the bigger ones. In some ways you can largely ignore it, if you prefer (at least at the lower difficulty levels, naturally as you move up the ladder you have to start taking every possible advantage). One of the big places where it affects your play in a way that you can't ignore is that other nations will adjust their opinion of you based on whether you share their state religion (in the case that you have one, in the later eras of the game "free religion" becomes an available civic setting and selecting that eliminates state religion).
The biggest change to the game in general is in the visuals. The user interface is much more visually appealing than prior games in the series. The main game screen works very well, though I sometimes find the interface to manipulate cities in detail somewhat awkward. Fortunately, unless you're playing on the higher levels where you'd have more need to micromanage, you don't have to enter the city screens very often.
What you absolutely must do when you play this game, above all, is install the patches. The early releases appeared to have memory leaks (that means the game needs more and more RAM the longer you leave it running, because it isn't properly keeping track of what it's using). In bad cases, I would find that after a couple of hours the game would become progressively less responsive. The most obvious sign that this effect was happening was actually watching the water move up and down along the shores. After a while, instead of a smooth up and down motion it would start jumping from place to place. Installing the patches to update to the latest version fixed that, which was a big help because without them I found the need for periodic restarts to be extremely annoying.
One small complaint about the way patches are handled: to install the patches from inside the game you have to go through the advanced menu from the main screen. Patches to a game, repairing bugs and fixing performance issues, can be so vital to having fun. Since "advanced" is usually a tag put on features that no one should touch unless they know EXACTLY what they're doing, because they could otherwise cause problems, it just doesn't seem like an appropriate place to put a function that ALL players (even the ones who aren't very confident with computers!) will be needing to use....more info
- Addictive & Fun!
This is an excellent game and an easy way to waste a day without knowing that time has passed! As a novice Civ player I was easily frustrated by Civ III but Civ IV is much more user friendly and definitely more fun. Highly recommended!...more info
- Does Not Work
I have a Gateway computer running at 3.56gb with a Pentium 4 processor and 500MB of memory and a built-in video card along with Windows XP. It was not until after the game was installed and ran the main intro that I was told that my system did not meet the necessary requirements. I have many games on my computer that are recent and this is the only one that would not work. Apparently it requires some sort of exotic, esoteric video card of which I am not willing to spend an additional $700 for just to play this one game.
I won't buy anything with Sid Meier's name on it ever again...more info
- More addictive than heroin
WARNING: My relationship with my girlfriend has suffered severely as a result of this game. In the three months since buying it, I have repeatedly woken up early on weekends, stayed up late on weeknights, and ignored whatever movies/TV shows we were supposed to be watching at the time to play it. If I were single, I might never leave the house except to go to work. That said...
After a long hiatus from my addiction to strategy games, namely Civ and Master of Orion, Sid Meier has me hooked once again. I've been playing Civ since the early 90s when the first one came out. The first edition revolutionized strategy gaming forever with its creativity, scope, and variety. The second version added new layers of complexity and variety. While third added further complexity, it felt essentially like the second with better graphics and a few new, but underdeveloped game concepts. (Or maybe I just had too much of a life at the time.)
The latest Civ installment has improved upon these concepts, implemented new ones (such as Religion and Great People), dramatically improved the flow of the game, and enabled players to employ a far wider variety of strategies than in any previous edition. Each empire feels unique to a far greater extent than before. Not only are there more options in terms of what to build, but there are a wider variety of overall game strategies available depending on what the map looks like, what other empires are doing, what the strength of each individual empire is. Every military unit can be customized to serve a particular purpose as it wins battles and advances.
The one problem with the game is that my laptop was not designed to handle this level of graphics. Toward the later parts of the game, it runs so slowly, even at the lowest level of graphical detail, that I'm afraid to play in larger worlds. I've heard other people have had this problem as well. I'm considering upgrading my graphics card, but I'd rather not make the investment. (I think my girlfriend would kill me.)
Overall, this is one of the best games I've ever played, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes strategy games and has the patience to learn a new one....more info
- DO NOT BUY CIV IV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wasted a lot of money on this game. It is impossibly complicated to understand and overall, all the previous civ games are better planned out than this one. shiny cover with wonders of the world on it, yes. Really cool intro video, yes. great music, yes, but apperance has taken over from strategy and even the apperance is strange. uranium looks like glowing, green needles, oil looks like a puddle and the units looks verry silly. For some random reason, you can go into the "world Builder" and change terrain, add super-modern units, add cities, add VAST amounts of money into your treasury IN ANY SCENARIO OR FREE-PLAY, making it SO easy to cheat which is boring (for strategists like me, but maybe not for idle people). It Has very few pre-planned maps or whatever you want to call them, and those few are silly, unplanned andquite boring. In a nutshell, this game is very poor. Buy civ III instead....more info
This is a very engaging and addictive game. I stay up night after night FAR past my 'bed time' playing this game. Good stuff...more info
- Fantastic, Underrated Game
I have no idea how this is averaging only three stars, because Civ IV (along with Beyond the Sword) is without a doubt the most balanced and entertaining turn-based strategy games ever made, and a serious contender for the best PC title released this decade.
This game is not for you if you:
- don't like time-intensive games that you'll almost certainly not finish in one sitting
- don't like strategy games in general and turn-based strategy games in particular
If either of those statements apply to you, don't buy Civilization IV. Otherwise, almost every serious criticism of previous turn-based strategy games has been addressed:
- You can choose to micromanage or simply have the AI take care of city and worker management-- the latter works perfectly fine for the first few difficulty levels. This removes a huge chunk of gameplay that may people find tedious.
- It's possible and oftentimes preferable) to win cultural, religious, or scientific victories. Combat is not a prerequisite to victory, particularly on the lower difficulty levels.
- There are a dozen different randomly generated map types, many difficulty levels, and a wealth of options. The game's extraordinarily replayable... especially since there is quite a bit of third-party, user-generated content you can download.
- The graphics are nice but not good enough that they overwhelm the gameplay or require a state-of-the-art computer.
- Combat is easy to learn but difficult to master.
Basically, just get it and play it if you haven't already....more info
- Great game
Provides hours of challenging fun. I like the new additions to the original Civilization 4 game. Its nice to see that spies have returned to the game....more info
- That old "Just one more turn" feeling
I played the Revolutions demo on Xbox Live and sought a demo on PC and I liked that even more. The product delivered on what was in the demo.
If you don't know the Civilizations series, but you liked Sim City (especially its earlier incarnations) you'll definitely like Civ IV. You can actually get more involved, if you choose, in smaller issues.
On the practical side, there's good and bad. It runs almost perfectly on my Lenovo laptop, unlike the first-person-shooters made by a certain famous rocket-launching individual in Texas. The flaw was that my laptop is wide-screen and the game had to be persuaded to use the screen's 1280x800 native resolution. And there's DRM. Not exactly unheard of but it's the kind of thing that could cause trouble.
- Addicting Frustration
I bought this game a few years ago and instantly loved it. I can play this game for hours on end while neglecting homework, :). The only two complaints I have for the game is that the graphics can be choppy and slow if you are running with minimal system requirments and some of the leaders faces show up as just a pair of eyes and teeth instead of a full face. If you have more than the minimal system requirments you will be fine. The only other complaint I have is that it allows you to build the Great Pyramids in England or Notre Dame in New York. I think it would be funner if the game were more accurate....more info
- Better than Ever
This is quite an upgrade from the previous Civ III title. Things seemed easier to manage in this version, upgraded graphics, easier user interface, and tons of fun. You can't go wrong with this game if you like building things.
I was slightly disappointed with the limited advanced technologies but I am guessing that was intentional so they could sell the expansion packs.
Overall, fun, interesting, and a game that you can dust off every year or so and still get enjoyment from it....more info
- All the Problems Are Fixed
I was shocked to see how low this game was rated. After reading the reviews, I found that the early version of this game had a bunch of problems.
Rest assured, they are now fixed. Plus you can go online and install recent updates to get the most up-to-date version.
This game is a lot of fun and highly addicting. I've always avoided turn-based strategy games in the past so this is my first time playing a game like this and I absolutely love it. Don't be frightened off by the low reviews. It's all good now....more info
- One of the best games ever!
I purchased this game when it first game out, having anticipated its release. I was first impressed with the quite thick game manual. While useful, new players will not require reading through the entire thing as the game is fairly easy to jump into and start playing around. I can only describe the game to newcomers that the play style is similar to that of a Sim-City type game. The new mechanics added in not only each civilization (America, Germany, etc), but also each ruler (Roosevelt, Washington, Otto Von Bismark, etc) grant bonuses and change how the game will unfold. The beauty of the game is that it is never the same each time you play it. Not to mention, I have a blast playing this game over a direct IP connection with a friend where we play cooperatively at first then proceed to conquer each other at the end. The Civilization games were always very addicting and this may be one of the hardest games to tear yourself away from. You will always want to play for a few more turns, and then something else interesting will happen. Before you know it, the clock reads 5:00am!
As a side note, I really appreciated the Civilopedia included in the game. Between turns or whenever, you can read a bit of real-world history on any of the technologies, civilization, super buildings, units, and wonders. And they have Leonard Nimoy as the narrator for the game. I plan to never get rid of this timeless game....more info
- The Addiction Is Back
I missed the original Civilization from way, way back but did catch Civ 2 when it first came out in the mid 90's. While the graphics weren't pretty, even for it's day, the gameplay definitely made up for the experience. A deep game, easy to play and yet difficult to master, and indescribably addictive. When Civ III came around the bend I was really excited to see the new improvements but was let down by what appeared to be a hopelessley buggy game with some serious corruption and unit imbalance issues. I finally threw my hands up in frustration after a month or two of trying to beat that game and swore off all future Civilization releases based upon my experiences with it.
My brother purchased Civilization IV when it came out and told me how great it was. I was immediately skeptical and this was further compounded when I saw all of the glowing reviews it was receiving in the various PC games magazines, all of which had said similar things for Civ III (I suspect a lot of times when magazine folks review games they may give it extra points for the popularity of the developer, and Sid Meier is almost a deity in the industry) and opted not to get it. Due to my brother's hectic college schedule he approached me one day and said something to the effect of "I know the last one sucked, but try this, I swear you'll like it". So I loaded it up over a year ago, and I am here to tell you that this is one of the greatest games I have ever played.
The basics remain the same. You choose a civilization (Aztecs, Romans, Spanish, etc.) and build your capitol city, striving against the CPU opponents to spread your civilization across the globe while trying to maintain a lead, or at least a competitive level in military might and scientific progress. One of the carryovers from Civ III (and one of the few plusses I found in that game) was the addition of borders, basically explained as the 'culture' of your civilization. A colony of the English, for instance, that is surrounded by larger Spanish cities is going to have a much harder time keeping a hold of it's British roots as it may quickly get inundated with that of it's surrounding neighbors.
Another carryover from Civ III was the idea of resources appearing on the minimap. These range from useful metals like copper or gold to luxury items like sugar cane or silk. In Civ III these resources were not permanent and could (and all too quickly did) run out. This has also been corrected in Civ IV, and it definitely gives one incentive to go out there and spread your civlization as getting your mitts on iron, copper, and coal are going to be nothing short of a necessity to your continued existence in the game as time goes on. If all else fails though the Diplomacy model has been reworked thoroughly (I can't tell you how many times I wanted to physically maul Hiawatha in Civ III for his lopsided "business" deals) so you can trade for much needed items if need be. The individual match setup is very intuitive and I find that anything past the "Noble" difficulty setting is basically an exercise in how long one can survive.
In previous games one could build temples and other religious edifices but it largely had the effect of appeasing the masses when they got ornery (Good grief...New York is in rebellion again. Ok, here's your Temple). There was no named religion, per se, more or less just the accoutrements of a generic one. In Civ IV they've added the major world religions, and while one is not really better than any other, if you found one you'll find that it can seriously help your civilization in the long run as a source of extra income, diplomatic heft, and research. The CPU players tend to make a beeline for Hinduism and Bhuddism at the very beginning of the game, so acquiring those requires one to move pretty quick.
Occasionally you'll get a random "quest" that your civilization can partake in. These range from building 5 libraries (one in each city) to the intriguing and difficult "Holy Mountain" quest, which requires you to plop a city down next to a mountain sacred to your civilization. That's not an easy feat as all of the other civs are champing at the bit to expand and may settle next to your mountain before you do. Succeeding in a quest typically nets you a reward along the lines of making a permanent free experience level for your military units, or boosting the research value of your libraries. It's a nifty gimmick in the game and I find I rather like it.
But the single greatest part of this game has to be the music. From the intro screen you're greeted with the best original game music I've ever heard ("Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin, with a melody that gets in your head and stays there) in my gamer's life, and that's no easy feat. Much of the music you hear in the game is timeline specific, from tribal types in the beginning to Baroque music in the Renaissance period, down to the wonderful Classical selection they have in the Industrial period, featuring lots of Dvorak, Beethoven, and a little Rimsky-Korsakov. I could spend much of the review on the music alone, suffice it to say that I find myself listening to the tracks in my offtime and plan on shopping around for the complete works as the game music tends to be certain movements from each classical piece, not the whole thing.
I did not play this game when it first came out so I cannot speak about the bugs and imbalances that seemed to plague it when it was first released. What I can say is that one of the most infuriating aspects of the game is when I see an enemy unit armed with a sword taking down one of my Cobra gunships. Thankfully this is pretty rare now and like as not will happen when you have an already severely damaged unit that's doing the attacking. This was a huge issue for me in Civ III and the single biggest sticking point in that game. (And yes, I know there are multiple cases of folks with inferior arms taking down superior forces, but I can point to many more than that where it was the use of superior arms that won the battle, see Rorke's Drift, among others).
Overall this is wonderful and addictive game, and one can usually find me plodding away trying to conquer the world on an almost daily basis. It's like I've run across a secret stash of heroin I'd forgotten about.
- Seemed boring to me but apparently its epic.
I bought this game off of Steampowered and was expecting it to be epic, which I can see it is with all the different elements in the game. The only problem is that it's almost too complicated, once you get to the 1900's the turns take way too long and everything just slows down giving you nothing to do but move military forces around.
To be fair I was expecting something like Black & White and thats not what this is at all, its about thinking and strategy, basically an electronic board game....more info