FAQs for the Civilization Revolution Game on the DS

by Stacy Zogheib

"Civilization" is a strategy game series that has stood the test of time. "Civilization Revolution" for the DS was released by Firaxis Games in 2008. It is a turn-based strategy game that was also released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In "Civilization Revolution," you'll lead your civilization from the Stone Age through the Space Age.

Which Civilizations Are in this Game?

"Civilization Revolution" brings back most of the popular civilizations from previous versions of "Civilization." These include Arabs (led by Saladin), Aztecs, Chinese, Egyptians, English, French, Japanese, Romans and Americans, to name a few. Each civilization receives different benefits during the various stages of a game. These benefits include free technologies, free great people, reduced building or troop costs and faster troop movement. Most civilizations also have special units that are unique to their empires.

What is the Gameplay Like?

The gameplay of "Civilization Revolution" is faster and more streamlined than other versions of "Civilization." Basic game mechanics (such as managing your workers) are easier, and you can speed up combat by stacking up to three units into one army. There is a reduced focus on micromanaging small elements of the game. The maps are also relatively small, which means that empires interact with each other sooner and are forced to compete for resources. The Nintendo DS version does not have the "Civlopedia," which is a helpful in-game resource.

What About the Game's Single-Player Mode?

"Civilization Revolution" does not have a single-player campaign mode to help you learn how to play, but there are numerous scenarios for a single-player game, including some that you can purchase separately. You can also play randomly generated maps with up to four computer-generated opponents. "Civilization Revolution" also includes a "Game of the Week" option that allows you to play on a specific map and compare your scores with your friends.

What are Civilization Revolution's Multiplayer Options?

"Civilization Revolution" offers several options for online play. These include a free-for-all for two to four players, head-to-head battles and two-versus-two play. You can use multiplayer games to track your rating and skill or to compare yourself to other players. You can't save games in the multiplayer modes in order to finish them later, which you can do in the game's single-player modes. Because of this, it is best to wait until you have the three to four hours that it takes to play a game from start to finish.

About the Author

Stacy Zogheib's writing has been published in various online publications. She is a teacher and educator with experience teaching first grade, special education and working with children ages 0 to 3. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.