Civilization II: Test of Time

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Civilization II: Test of Time
Civilization II: Test of Time cover
Retail MicroProse
Chronicles release 2K Games
Release dates
Windows July 28, 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, Historical, Sci-fi, Space
Series Civilization
Civilization II: Test of Time on HowLongToBeat
Civilization II: Test of Time on IGDB
Civilization II: Test of Time guide on StrategyWiki
Civilization II: Test of Time on MobyGames
Civilization II: Test of Time on Wikipedia
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Remake of Civilization II with additional game modes.

General information

Civilization Fanatics' Civilization II Forums
Catfish's Cave - fansite for Test of Time with installation guides and various resources
Civilization II: Test of Time on


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


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

Unofficial patches[edit]

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.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location



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


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

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

This error message indicates indicates the currently-installed version of the game is not correctly installed in the registry, so the patch cannot detect the game.
Update game using unofficial patch[3]

When trying to play a video, the game crashes or goes to a blank screen[edit]

Install Indeo video codec[4]

Building a city crashes the game (64-bit OSes)[edit]

Use unofficial patch[5]

CPU runs at 100%[edit]

The game, due to being built around the limitations of then-modern CPUs, is designed to always use as much of the CPU as possible. This is now unnecessary.
Use unofficial patch[6]

Corrupted graphics when loading a save game[edit]

When saving a game, 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.[7]

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

Update the game to v1.1[8]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Test of Time Graphics Mod Pack[edit]

Replaces standard graphics with more colorful and detailed units which take advantage of the updated game engine.
Lacks animated units.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.0 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]