Civilization II

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Sid Meier's Civilization II
Sid Meier's Civilization II cover
Developers
Original MPS Labs
Multiplayer Gold MicroProse
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
Publishers
Retail MicroProse
Retail re-release Infogrames
Chronicles release 2K Games
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows 3.x March 15, 1996
Windows 1998
Mac OS (Classic) August 22, 1997
Reception
Metacritic 94
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Themes Historical
Series Civilization
Civilization II on HowLongToBeat
Civilization II on IGDB
Civilization II guide on StrategyWiki
Civilization II on MobyGames
Civilization II on Wikipedia
Civilization
Civilization 1991
Civilization II 1996
Civilization II: Test of Time 1999
Civilization III 2001
Civilization IV 2005
CivCity: Rome 2006
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014
Civilization VI 2016

Warnings

General information

Civilization Fanatics' Civilization II Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Disc required only for music and videos in the original release. Otherwise, the game is fully playable without the disc.
Windows 3.x
Retail
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Multiplayer Gold Edition
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The original version is simply called Sid Meier's Civilization II. The expansion packs Fantastic Worlds and Conflicts in Civilization were made for this version.
Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition (also known as the Ultimate Classic Collection in Europe) is the original with all expansions, with a 32-bit executable and multiplayer options. A Summary of Civilization II Versions
The Civilization Chronicles box set includes Multiplayer Gold Edition and Test of Time.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Scenarios: Conflicts in Civilization Included in the Multiplayer Gold Edition.
Windows 3.x
Fantastic Worlds Included in the Multiplayer Gold Edition.
Windows 3.x

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Each version of Civilization II has its own patch.

Sid Meier's Civilization II[edit]

Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition[edit]

Civilization Chronicles[edit]

The official patches do not work with the Civilization Chronicles versions of Multiplayer Gold Edition and Test of Time. Use this unofficial patch installer to install those patches.

Unofficial patches[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Uses OS cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Local retail version only.
Traditional Chinese
Local retail version only.
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Local retail version only.
Korean
Local retail version only.
Polish
Local retail version only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Local retail version only - Byte & Brothers.
Russian
For the Multiplayer Gold Edition – download
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer modes require the Multiplayer Gold Edition.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
8 Multiplayer Gold Edition only.
Online play
8 Multiplayer Gold Edition only.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

CPU runs at 100%[edit]

When Civilization II came out, computers had a lot less power than the ones today, so the game was programmed to take as much of the CPU as possible. On modern computers this can cause problems, such as the fans constantly being on full while playing the game. There are a couple of unofficial patches to be installed after the other ones. This patch fixes the issue for the original version and the Multiplayer Gold Edition. Some anti-virus programs may report that these patches are viruses, so you will need to add the .exe or the installation folder as an exception.[1]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
WinG
[2]
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Original release is a 16-bit executable. Multiplayer Gold Edition is 32-bit.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.1, 95
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7.5.3
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA

References

  1. Catfish's Cave - FAQ (CPUFix)
  2. WinG - Wikipedia - last accessed on 2020-03-20