Civilization II

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Sid Meier's Civilization II
Sid Meier's Civilization II cover
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows March 15, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) August 22, 1997
Metacritic 94
Civilization II on HowLongToBeat
Civilization II on IGDB
Civilization II guide on StrategyWiki
Civilization II on MobyGames
Civilization II on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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General information

Civilization Fanatics' Civilization II Forums
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1].
Mac OS
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

There are four versions of Civilization II. The original version is simply called Sid Meier's Civlization II. Fantastic Worlds is an expansion for the original. Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition is the original with all expansions. Civilization II: Test of Time is an enhanced remake and the latest version. A Summary of Civilization II Versions
The Civilization Chronicles box set includes Multiplayer Gold Edition and Test of Time.

Essential improvements[edit]


Each version of Civilization II has its own patch.

Sid Meier's Civilization II[edit]

v2.42 patch

Civilization II: Multiplayer Gold Edition[edit]

US v1.3 patch

UK v1.3 patch

German v1.3 patch

Civilization II: Test of Time[edit]

Test of Time v1.1 English patch

Test of Time v1.1 German patch

You will need this patch if you want to play any of the fan made scenarios.

Test of Time Patch Project

Includes the 64-bit compatibility patch, a CPU usage fix, a no-CD patch, a hostile AI fix, a no limits patch and a Midgard scenario patch.
v1.1 must be installed first.
May cause an alert from anti-virus software. This is a false positive. Add the .exe or the installation folder as an exception to the anti-virus software.

Civilization Chronicles[edit]

Patch Installer

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.


Test of Time Graphics Mod Pack[edit]

Almost all the people who played Test of Time didn't like the new graphics, finding them too dark or ugly. This mod pack replaces those graphics with ones that, although without animated units, are much more colourful and detailed, taking advantage of the updated game engine.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)




Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.
1) Russian language pack for Civilization 2 Test of Time – download
2) For Civilization II - Gold – download


Multiplayer modes require the Multiplayer Gold Edition.

Multiplayer types

Issues fixed[edit]

'You must have Civ II Test of Time installed in order to install this update.'[edit]

The version of Civilization II Test of Time included with Civilization II does not correctly install in the registry, so the patch cannot detect the game. Update the game using the unofficial patch installer.[3]

When trying to play a video, Test of Time crashes or goes to a blank screen[edit]

Install Indeo video codec[3]

Building a city crashes the game[edit]

If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, there is an unofficial patch that works with all 32-bit versions of Civilization II. There might be another source of this problem. When in the file "CITY.TXT" lists of predefined cities is too short. If you add more cities to the list problem should be solved.[3]

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 is for the original, Fantastic Worlds and Multiplayer Gold versions, and this patch is for Test of Time. 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.[3]

Corrupted graphics when loading a save game[edit]

When saving a game in Test of Time, make sure to save the game in the correct sub folder. If you play Original, save in the Original folder. If you play ExtendedOriginal, save in the ExtendedOriginal folder. When playing a scenario, save in the scenario's folder. Saving in the main Test of Time folder will mean that the save game will not use the proper graphics when reloading.[3]

'Failed to load game: file is in obsolete format'[edit]

Update Test of Time to v1.1.[3]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 3.1, 95
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 7.5.3
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 10 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) SVGA


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]