Oh gosh. Darn it. Gandhi just converted my capital city to Catholicism. And Galileo Galilei was just born in Baltimore. That gives ol' Teddy Roosevelt another great scientist. And here we are, representing the Aztecs and trying to build the Forbidden City, struggling to get out of the Renaissance era.
It’s safe to say Civilization VI, the latest installment in the legendary strategy game series, doesn’t really care much for historical accuracy but it’s all the better for it.
The general idea has remained the same for the last 25 plus years: pick a civilisation and make it the greatest on Earth. How you choose to do that is a significantly bigger question. Wiping out all other civilisations with your military is obviously one option. If there's no competition, you're the best by default, right? But honestly, is that any fun? It’s so obvious.
Wouldn’t you rather be interested in a cultural victory? Or how about a religious victory? Convincing the citizens of other civilisations that what you’re cooking up in your empire is way better than what their leader is doing, is so satisfying.
What makes Civilization VI on iPad so impressive, is that it is a one-to-one port of the computer version. Yes, the exact same game you played on your Mac is now way more portable. Want to bang out a few turns on the train? No need to whip out your laptop, just take your trusty iPad. Just don’t blame us when you miss, say, about sixteen stops while you’re playing.
And when we say ‘one-to-one’, we mean it. This version of the game is exactly the same, apart from that you play it by touching the screen instead of using a mouse. Which, we think, is actually an improvement.
So if you have the urge to conquer the world in 500 turns or less, but don’t want to lug around a computer, here it is: Civilization VI on iPad is a technological marvel worthy of a science victory.