Approaching a year-and-a-half after it marched onto iPhone, I’m still amazed that Sid Meier’s epic Civilization VI has somehow been squeezed onto a device that fits in your pocket.
Now there’s a new reason to be amazed, too. That’s because the turn-based 4X game (that’s “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate” for all you newbies) has been discounted to its cheapest price yet. Instead of the $59.99 regular price, it’s currently just $4.99.
How can you go wrong?
The world-conquering Civilization VI is a time-sucking giant of a game. If you’ve ever been disappointed by a big name desktop title arriving on iOS in a severely mutilated, money-grubbing form you’ll be very happy. This port manages to compress the game into a mobile form factor with precious few compromises.
Civilization VI is a better deal than ever
Frankly, there are very few reasons not to give it a go if the genre appeals to you. The $4.99 price tag only kicks in after you’ve played the first 60 turns for free. That gives you a pretty good “try before you buy” experience. Plus, the “buy” bit is cheaper than it’s been at any previous point.
You don’t get absolutely everything, though. While Civ VI stands alone as its own entity (costing $5), there are assorted expansions available. The two major ones include Gathering Storm and Rise of Fall. Both of these give you a whole lot of extra scenarios and other goodies. There are also smaller expansions such as *deep breath* the Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack, Vikings Scenario Pack, Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack, Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack, and more.
Developers Aspyr Media have discounted some of these in the past. As far as I can see, though, they’re currently at their normal prices. By the time you’ve gotten around to playing them, however, you’ll be so deep in your Civilization VI habit that you probably won’t mind shelling out a few bucks for new material.
You can download Civilization VI for free, and play through the first 60 turns before deciding whether or not this is for you. After that, the full title is available as a $5 in-app purchase. Better be quick, though. It’s not clear when this discount comes to an end.