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Humankind (2021) is a strategy game where you develop a civilisation through the many ages of humanity's existence, from the nomadic tribes of ancient history to the space age. In many ways comparable to The Civilization games, it offers an immersive world, full of diplomacy, fighting, conquest and expansion, in which to play, offering you the chance to relive and reshape history, and build the future.

In each of the game's six eras, you choose a culture, or faction, to play as through that era. These societies offer different bonuses and penalties, based on their real historical traits, and you need to develop different strategies for each one (there are a million different permutations!). This adds rich replay value as you can go back after completing the game with one society from each era and play again with another. At the end of each era, you then choose which civilisation you want to play as in the next, and the cycle starts over again.

You choose how you want to expand your influence, be it through military domination of other regions or diplomacy; you control the military, develop cities, use politics to your advantage and more as you do so. Combat is turn-based and with surprising depth, offering multiple ways to claim victory over the opposing force. You need to carefully manage resources and choose which areas to invest in; food industry, gold, science, influence, and fame, each offer different perks and allow you to expand in different ways.

Additional content adds more cultures to pay as; at the moment, the Cultures of Africa pack allows you to experience and celebrate parts of African culture ranging across the whole continent and its long and vibrant history. More of these expansions are set to be released in the future that will allow you to immerse yourself in even more cultures.

It's a unique take on the genre, which builds on games like the Civilization games, while adding on the ability to play as different cultures and expand in new ways, allowing for broadened creative expression and a chance for rich and detailed stories to be told.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Humankind 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Brain Game and Strategy game with Creative and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play against other players online, vying for resources, territory and power.

Cross-Platform: Play between PC and Mac.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence and Bad Language. This game features moderate violence in the context of battles between different civilisations. Battles are shown from a top-down perspective, allowing players to zoom in and out of the action, with individual characters representing larger numbers of soldiers. When characters are hit, they let out a cry and fall to the ground, disappearing from view. There are no blood effects. There is use of mild bad language ('bloody').
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language and Mild Violence. Players send troops (e.g., infantry, swordsmen) and eventually military vehicles (e.g., tanks, helicopters, battleships) to hunt animals and attack rival units. Fighting is turn-based, highlighted by battle cries, clashing sounds, gunfire, and small explosions. Some timeline events reference alcohol/legality of alcohol (e.g., Prohibition). The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

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You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Humankind usually costs £39.99.


Steam Store PC £39.99
Steam Store Mac £39.99
Steam Store PC £39.99
Steam Store Mac £39.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
There is an expansion for the game called "Cultures of Africa" which adds 8 new playable cultures, all centred around African cultures throughout the ages.

The Deluxe Edition of the game comes with the game, the soundtrack, music inspired by the cultures in the game, and a digital poster. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/08/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Battle, Brain Game, Strategy (Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World

Developer: Amplitude (@Amplitude)

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