Freeciv

Good
  • Free and open source base – Community of creators and players
Bad
  • Need to be proactive in creating your own adventures
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Freeciv is a turned based strategy game base on the very original Civilziation title. Continuing to be actively developed Freeciv continues to expand it’s features, fix bugs and grow in community size. The game is operated as a completely open source model which allows all elements to be altered by players and the community as they see fit.

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Freeciv supported both single player and multiplayer gameplay with the core game being focused around the year 4000 B.C. where your objective is to guide a tribe of people through the centuries and beyond. Through technological research players can advance their faction behind the primitive technology at the start of the game into an advanced civilization.

Following the same core ruleset as the first Civilization game you’ll win when you have taken all other civilizations off the map or accomplished space travel. Time limit and score functionalities are also included as are a number of scenarios created by the community for further game experiences.

Common levers pulled in creating a new game include the number of players (Freeciv supports over 100), technology growth speed, AI controlled players, map size and topology. Other notable features include wed accessibility and support for downloaded client and various tilesets that can alter the players visual experience.

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In general gameplay is closely comparable to the very first Civilization game although your individual experience can differ greatly between game build and settings that you select (such as the long turn games that give you a turn every 24hrs).

One thing is for sure though and that is the large number of single player and multiplayer games running at any time and the constant develop which has already spanned over two decades.

Summary:

  • Free and open source strategy turn based game.
  • Based on the original Civilization game with elements of the future games.
  • Under continuous development for over two decades.
  • Web based mode alongside a downloadable version.
  • Large community for multiplayer games.

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Review Platform: PC

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author.Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular.Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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