Even though it is always nice to see a well-known PC game transferred to iOS system, we have seen many disappointments in the last couple of months. One of the biggest ones was the RollerCoaster Tycoon, which arrived to the iOS App Store with great hype and high expectations from players and reviewers as well. Unfortunately, it only took a few days for sales to drop since players were deeply disappointed with this game, which lost its essence while being designed for Apple’s mobile system.
A few days back I noticed another potentially great game that was recently published through the App Store, and I immediately got excited. This is 2K’s sequel to a very successful Civilization Revolution, which was first published back in 2009. Just like with RollerCoaster Tycoon, this game arrived surrounded by great hype and it seems that everyone wants to try it for themselves. However, I wanted to know if this is the true sequel that is worth the asking price of $15.
Without any doubt, one of the biggest features of Civilization Revolution 2 is the new 3D interface. It is clear that a lot of hard work was put into making this game look great on iPhone and iPads. What is interesting to note is that the game is fully playable on iPhone’s screen, which is not an easy goal to achieve. If you ever played any of Civilization games, than you know that there are many important details on the screen, and that you need to flip through multiple windows to set everything up before the next turn. This is why I believe that 2K brought amazing gameplay value to owners of iPhone models. On the other hand, if you own an iPad, you will get to enjoy in amazing 3D graphics even more.
Mesmerized my amazingly designed 3D world, I started to play Civilization Revolution 2. Naturally, I expected many new features and exciting new possibilities. However, as I continued playing I noticed that the game looks very familiar. In fact, this game is identical to its predecessor in more ways than one. There are only a few new units, and perhaps only a few new buildings, and that it all you can expect. On the other hand, there is no multiplayer that made the first iOS Civilization game so much popular. Simply said, if you already played the previous version, now you will need to pay $15 to play it again in 3D environment. I believe there are not many people who are willing to do that.
It seems that Civilization Revolution 2 is made for those who are just entering the amazing world of this franchise. This is still a great game, but simply not that exciting for those who own the original version. So if you are interested in a nice and well-balanced RTS game, this one might be for you, but if you played the previous one, you better skip the newest installment. There are many amazing newly released games that you can spend your $15 on.
PROS: Implementation of 3D environment. Great for smaller and larger screens. Lots of fun.
CONS: Overly similar to the previous version. Only a few new features.