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Worlds apart

Build a thriving civilisation in Sid Meier’s epic sequel.

Civilization® VI

Build. Conquer. Inspire.

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There are empire-building games, and then there’s Civilization VI. The newest instalment in this renowned turn-based strategy series is more expansive, and more ambitious, than anything that’s come before. And, it looks absolutely stunning on Mac.

Think you have what it takes to guide a civilisation from single primitive settlement to high-tech, spacefaring society? Or maybe you’d rather dominate the world through military might, enlightened culture or religious philosophy? Every decision is in your hands and bold strategies can set you on the path to victory, or perhaps seal your fate.

As the game progresses, your settlements become sprawling, majestic cities.

Despite its many intricacies, Civilization VI is the franchise’s most accessible game yet. Guided by pop-up hints (soothingly voiced by Game of Thrones star Sean Bean), you’ll pick a ruler from among 20 historical heads of state to lay down the roots of your legacy. Choices include England’s Queen Victoria, who can quickly expand her empire and Japan’s Hōjō Tokimune, who commands a steely unit of samurai warriors.

Manage and plan well, and you end up with a thriving metropolis.

Intuitive point-and-click controls make it easy to do everything from researching new technologies (that “wheel” idea looks pretty interesting), to attacking enemies on the battlefield. Cleverly designed onscreen menus let you monitor every aspect of your civilisation’s prosperity; but hide them away when unused so you can enjoy the game’s detailed visuals in all their glory.

If you’re hankering for more, there are multiple add-ons (available as in-app purchases) for new civilizations, units and game modes. The latest, Gathering Storm, adds eight new civilizations (including Inca, Mali and Canada) and nine new leaders. Whether you want to play as Queen Amanitore and control the Nile River Valley with the Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack or add a host of new content and game mechanics through the Rise and Fall expansion pack, there’s a wealth of options to test your mettle as a legendary leader.

    Civilization® VI

    Build. Conquer. Inspire.

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