updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon August 10, 2009
CivRev on iPhone, iPod
Firaxis' Civilization Revolution has arrived at the App Store, marking the first time the well-known game series has been available for iPhones and iPods. CivRev is specifically based on the console title of the same name, and carries over all its features, though these in turn are simplified from the PC's Civilization IV. Some simplified rules include a limit of three units in army stacks.
Players assume turn-based control of one of 16 civilizations, which attempt to dominate the others through military, cultural, economic or technological superiority; among the factions are China, Japan, Spain, Germany and the US. New iPhone-specific features include gesture commands, and autosaves in case a phone call is received. CivRev costs $5, and requires iPhone 2.2 firmware or later. A free demo is also available. No multiplayer options are currently present.