The official adaptation of Vlaada Chvátil’s strategy classic, the second best board game ever according to the Board Game Geek website.
“If you are looking for a civ game, this is the game! This is one of the best games of all time.” – Tom Vasel, The Dice Tower
“Through the Ages is simply phenomenal.” – Drew Massey, Giant Fire Breathing Robot
This is your chance to make history. You begin with a small tribe. As you expand your farms and mines, you lay the groundwork for technological advancements, better governments, and grand wonders. Your military might supports your political skill as you guide your civilization to greatness.
- One of the greatest board games of all time.
- Hundreds of cards to build a mighty civilization.
- Many paths to victory.
- Manage your resources carefully.
- Learn the game rules with a funny and engaging tutorial.
- Compete with your friends online or on the same device.
- Defeat clever computer opponents of various skill levels.
- Play with the original board game rules or a streamlined digital version.
- Enjoy single-player Challenges requiring different strategies.
Czech Games Edition has produced over 20 board games and expansions, including many award-winning titles for enthusiastic players: Alchemists, Dungeon Lords and Tzolk'in to name just a few. We expanded into the realm of digital board games with Galaxy Trucker and now with this Through the Ages adaptation.
- Gutenberg no longer allows playing yellow cards for 0 actions
- improved visibility of wonders on widescreen devices
Ratings and Reviews
I am a big fan
I loved the board game and I think the app is a great adaptation. Works on both iPhone and my IPad. No complaints at all, if you are used to friendly games where no one uses military you might be in for a surprise, but after a few games you figure out you better keep up especially in the last age. Basically if the other players are not trying to add culture even by age 2 its clear they are waiting for Napoleon. It’s hard once you fall behind on military or government to recover. So if I had a complaint it would be that. However you can find a few friends that all agree not to be obnoxious. Just like anywhere else on the internet.
If you don’t know the game there is a steep learning curve. That isn’t new to the app, the game always takes a little to get used to. I found that the first few games I would lose track of certain things that happened previously. But after a while got used to not seeing the score or so the other players screens on a table in front of me. It’s all there you have know where to look. I say get the game and enjoy.
Abysmal balance and the AI cheats
I reviewed this better before I spent a lot of time with it. Now I hate this game and here's why. First off, NO GAME I've ever played has a worse model of "winners keep winning, losers keep losing" than this game. If you EVER fall behind on anything (and at least one player is weakest by definition), EVERY OTHER PLAYER attacks you constantly because it's free benefits for them. You become their resource and that's the end for you. If you fall behind on production, you get stuck in an impossible situation where you need x of A to make B to make C, which takes several turns while the other player is chugging along.
And I haven't even mentioned how the EASY AI is virtually unbeatable and they all cheat, with military power or culture that is higher than the combination of what they actually have. There's a reason you can't tap on the totals to see how it all adds up, because it doesn't.
I've put in tons of hours since this game came out and it has been 90% frustration, and I'm a gaming vet.
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Excellent tutorial, great combo of luck and strategy
This is a great game themed optimization/luck/strategy game. You can pick it up at any time to continue playing against AI players, then put it down instantly whenever your elevator arrives or whatever, to continue later. There are no additional abilities or DLCs to purchase later - you get the whole game for the original purchase price that is well worth it.
The tutorial is outstanding and a lot of fun. There are three levels of AI difficulty - after maybe 100 games I’m still using easy AI but I can tell I’m getting better and will move up soon. You can also play online against human components if you know you’ve got 40+ minutes to kill, and that’s great, too.
This is one of the best of the best of the Euro games that have come to the fore in the last 15 years. A beautifully balanced and entertaining game that incorporates the best concepts of modern board games - worker placement, strategy, random elements, extremely high replayability, created by a master board game designer. Truthfully, the digital version is better than the board game it emulates, because the digital game automatically handles housekeeping tasks and allows you the option to play on your own against AI players (which means you’ll be much better prepared when you later play the physical board game with real in-person humans).
This has been my main iPhone/iPad game for 3 months now. I highly recommend it!
- Czech Games Edition s.r.o.
- 136.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- © 2014 Czech Games Edition
- In-App Purchases
- New Leaders and Wonders $4.99
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.