Not Very Deep
Civilization was great. Fairly deep, lots of things you could or could not do.
This game pales by comparison:
* All ships are the same - and build the same.
* Graphics have many glitches (explosions taking 60 seconds - and there will be lots of them).
* The kinks haven’t been worked out of basic game play (infinite loops on certain conditions, crashes).
* No real variation between the group selections.
* A very short play with little to no story and no flavor.
* Game balance is entirely off - some “Wonders” (which are essentially technological advantages instead of anything amazing or wonderful) are entirely more powerful than others.
I played it once, it was fun… for about 1.5 hours. Then I tried to play again but it was too boring.
An Interesting Little Game
I downloaded this game a few days ago and have been happily playing it since then. I will admit that I have a fairly low bar when it comes to games such as this, so having said that, I haven’t been disappointed with it. Also, this is my 1st experience with any of the Sid Meier games so, I have no real frame of reference for them. I have a 2011 13” MacBook Pro with an i7 chip and this game runs rather well on my hardware, which I appreciate. I’ve successfully played 3 different games, playing on both easy and moderate and have had few issues. The game did quit unexpectedly once and, I’ve had to restart a couple of times due to a sound glitch that was merely a simple annoyance rather than a game stopper. I do not have a retina screen so, the graphics are nothing to wow the senses but, the game is colorful and pleasant to view. Even with retina, I doubt the game’s graphics would be particularly noteworthy. Overall, it seems to be a rather lightweight game that will run at least decently on hardware that is a number of years old.
The game-play experience is rather straightforward without a great deal of complexity. The main goal is to expand your territory by traveling to planets and performing missions. Once you acquire enough influence [displayed as ring segments around the planet from 0 to 4], that planet joins your federation and you receive all the resources from that planet. Building cities and installing/upgrading factories and technology increases their resource generation. The ships of your fleet have a number of systems for you to upgrade as your progress. They are the usual suspects like: engines, shields, armor, weapons systems, torpedoes, sensors, stealth and fighters. Combat is nothing out of the ordinary but, you can apply some strategy for a change of pace in lieu of simply hammering the other ships. Some of the missions don’t allow your entire fleet to participate but, most of them do with the outcome most always in your favor on both easy and moderate settings. The missions are colored: green, amber, and red to show their difficulty rating which doesn’t come into play that much on the lower game settings. I haven’t yet tried anything above moderate as yet so, I cannot speak to how that might alter the game play.
My personal opinion is that $10 might be a bit too much for a game like this but, I’m not sorry that I bought it. It’s the kind of thing I enjoy just sitting down to play for a while as a fun distraction. It isn’t so involved that you really have to dive deep and plan out your strategy in order to win. You can just play and enjoy it for what it is. There is definitely room for improvements and additions which could possibly further enrich the game an extend it’s re-play value. This is the reason which I elected to give the game 4 stars. For me, I’ve been enjoying the game and will likely continue to play for quite some time so, if this is the type of game you enjoy, I would say it is worth getting.
Play and enjoy! That is, after all, the point of games.
May you all enjoy life and live with great joy and happiness!
unplayable on macbook
By sweet teeth joe
You might expect better quality in a Sid Meire game… you might be disappointed. I enjoy the game, it’s a simple waste of time, BUT it can only be played when using a mouse with the ability to right-click. The game does not understand a ‘ctl-click’ as a right click for some reason, so that leaves out my MacBook Pro, unless it’s convenient to tote around an external mouse and have a table to play on. Oddly enough, it works quite well with a wacom tablet which doesn’t exactly have a right click either. If the game had more depth it might be an issue, but after playing the game a dozen times or so on a tabletop mac i thinks i is done with it.
It just OK
Its an ok game. The first time I played it, I had a good time. As time went on, though, it got repetitive. Like the second time I played. Battles are just hunt and destroy. There is no real diplomacy. No customization to ships and their levels are capped at 8. So all my ships are level 8 in every category now. There is a bug when you do a lot of damage to a ship it takes forever for the “Blown Up, Sir” montage to pass. The missions are repetitive. Just a so-so game.
Very enjoyable, but needs some updates
Extremely high potential. I have really enjoyed this game. Lots of bugs and some of the worst graphics you will ever see but it is quite a fun game!
Graphics need to be upped for mac: more polygons (its really rough guys. REALLY rough. I should not be able to count the polygons of an asteroid and stop at 7).
Use retina assets. That starships video at the beginning and end are blurry, stretching what is acceptable on a low end 2014 imac.
Use smoke damage to help indicate damaged ships.
Larger fonts, and better mouse and multitouch pad scrolling for the help pages
End turn is confusing, as it ends for a particular ship of yours.
There should be a ship health and status view somewhere that shows all of your ships in combat.
A little more help, perhaps tutorial on diplomacy and trading.
Sensor ping by AI will result in bad audio bug if more than one of your ships is stealthed.
The ‘you destroyed the ship’ zoom in is glitched with a very big hit… takes forever to watch the slow zoom and you go well past the ship, sometimes inside a planet.
RIght click is glitchy. I have to left-click sometimes to get a right click through.
But again, VERY FUN. you have the ingredients, now bake the cake.
Great Potential but Buggy (even at 1.4) and 2K Support is Weak
I’m glad I didn’t pay more than $10 for this game; that’s about all it’s worth. Sprite clipping errors all over the place (objects showing through one another or overlapping when they’re not supposed to), buggy sound implementation and the gameplay is very one-dimensional and lacking in realism in certain respects. This has the potential to be a really good game but it’s mediocre implementation makes it the kind of game you will probably play until you beat the system once or twice at which point you’ll be bored with it. The “enemy leader” soundbites used in the Diplomacy screen are the cheeziest things I’ve ever heard, and the “graphics from the helm" when you’re about to accept a mission are equally cheesy. Both feel like they’re from the 90s.
I’ve heard a lot about the greatness of Sid Meier games but this was my first and I have to say I don’t know what all the hype is about. If the Civ games are implemented anything like this one, they’re overrated.
By Shakeing Head
This is the second game I have bought in the past 5 days that does not understand that there is no RICHT CLICK for a MAC. I am using a macbook and the mouse option is not an option. I certinaly hope someone takes the time to fix this oversight.
Seems like a fun game to play and easy to pick up, but it keeps crashing (kernal panic). My end 2014 MacBook Pro meets all the requirements, but I am struggling to keep the game open and solid. Be forewarned, before you buy.
Make sure you buy a mouse
In order to play this game on macbook, you need a mouse and you need to be able to right-click.
Control-click, the combination which pretty much all aplications interpret as a right-click, this game does not understand.
Who develops a game for Mac and requires multi-button mouse ?
This game has great potential but needs more work. I played it for a couple of days but quickly lost interest.