Decline from Civilization

This is probably a big mistake.

I just bought Civilization Revolution for the iPhone. Past evidence suggests that I’m in for a general productivity decline for the next year or so. At least with the desktop Civ games, I had to be near my computer. Now I can suck time anywhere. Perhaps this 100% accurate graph can paint a picture of how well this series of games sinks its teeth in:

sunrise

I like Civ so much, I’m even willing to put up with some of the more ridiculous shortcomings of the iPhone implementation of Civ Revolutions. For example, there is no auto-save feature. Some of the reviews claim that getting a phone call in the middle of a turn forces you to go back to your last saved game when you return to the app; however, this is is no longer true (if it ever was). The behavior is a little odd, as the app starts from the beginning, with splash screen and so on, rather just restoring the state like other apps do, but there is a “continue” button that brings you back to where you left off.

Anyway, in an effort to break out of my usual strategy (Greeks for the cultural victory!), I’m going to (eventually) get each type of victory on as many levels as I can. The following grid will detail my progress. On one axis is the difficulty level, on the other is the victory type. Cells will either be empty (no victory) or will contain the name of the civilization used for the victory, in what year it occurred, and the total score.

Cultural Domination Economic Technological
Chieftain Romans
1970 AD
13,151
Zulu
900 BC
9,677
Zulu
1964 AD
37,311
Chinese
1984 AD
15,177
Warlord Greeks
2020 AD
24,566
Japanese
850 AD
9,052
Spanish
1970 AD
24,788
Aztecs
1970 AD
17,214
King Greeks
1994 AD
22,540
Germans
850 AD
9,105
Spanish
1990 AD
49,214
Americans
1970 AD
12,101
Emperor French
1998 AD
17,007
English
1200 AD
10,088
Spanish
2040 AD
16,905
Mongols
1968 AD
24,700
Deity Romans
1998 AD
20,950
English
1780 AD
13,062
Russians
2004 AD
44,770
Americans
1998 AD
26,280

2 thoughts to “Decline from Civilization

  1. I downloaded the free version, just to make sure I like it before I buy. controls are interesting. I hadn’t played revolution before, so this will take some getting used to. It really needs to support some sort of p2p mode tho…

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