Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is already pretty darn epic when it comes to the number of hours you’ll need to put in to get the most out of. But if you’re looking to make a big game even bigger, you’re in luck.
That’s because the iOS version of the game is offering all of its expansion packs for free through the rest of December. Happy holidays indeed!
The six expansion packs aren’t all available at once, however. If you want to, in the words of Pokémon “catch ’em all” you’ll have to download each one in a timely manner.
Each one is only free for 48 hours, before it returns to its usual $4.99 to $8.99 price tag. You can download them from the in-app purchases tab, where they will be listed as zero dollars during their free availability.
Here’s when you’ll be able to download each one:
December 20-22: Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack (usually $4.99)
December 22-24: Vikings Scenario Pack (usually $4.99)
December 24-26: Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack (usually $4.99)
December 26-28: Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack (usually $8.99)
December 28-30: Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack (usually $4.99)
December 30 – January 1: Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack (usually $8.99)
Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate
Civilization VI first showed up on iPad, before arriving on iPhone in October. The game is a turn-based 4X strategy game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate), in which your goal is to dominate the globe. It’s a great game, and it works surprisingly well on iOS — which is an impressive feat considering how keyboard and mouse dependent the franchise is.
Even though the expansion packs are free, however, you’ll still have to be ready to pay up. The game is $59.99 to buy, making it one of the priciest iOS games in the App Store. If you’re not sure whether that’s worth it, however, can download Civilization VI for free, and play through the first 60 turns before deciding whether or not this is for you.