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Sid Meier's Civilization (2016) is a long-running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter-gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps by building wonders to impress other nations.

Sid Meier's Civilization is available on most systems and has developed over the years so newer games are more intricate while offering more streamlined interfaces.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sid Meier's Civilization 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Communication, Fighting and Sequencing elements. You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play with other plays asynchronously in the hot seat mode.

You can play this game in the following styles:

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Sid Meier's Civilization VI Anthology is rated PEGI 12 for depictions of non-realistic-looking violence towards human-like and animal-like characters. The player can attack members of opposing civilizations by clicking on them to trigger an attack. The characters show little or no reaction to the violence. Bright lights appear when characters are hit and numbers indicate the amount of damage inflicted. When characters are defeated, they fall to the floor and fade away, with no sight of blood or gore. Animals can also be attacked. For example, when a horse-riding warrior is defeated the horse falls over and then runs away. Again, no injury is shown.

In later stages of the game, battleships and tanks can engage in battle, resulting in them exploding into flames. Cities can also be attacked, leaving behind rubble and clouds. It is implied that people in the vehicles and cities have been killed, although no detail of this is shown.

Rated for younger players in the US. Sid Meier's Civilization VI Anthology is Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Drug Reference, Language, Mild Violence, and Suggestive Themes. Combat with rival nations is presented from a pulled-back, overhead perspective, and military units are represented by small armies of soldiers on a grid map. Battles include animations of swords clashing, gun fights, and vehicular combat that results in icons collapsing, exploding (in the case of vehicles), or disappearing. Historically based text from Civilopedia entries (i.e., reference text) occasionally includes suggestive material (e.g., “From prostitute to pirate lord. . . not the usual career path for a great admiral,” “John didn't think much of Herod's marriage to his half-brother Philip's wife, the adulterous and incestuous Herodias,” and “When Queen Boudica objected, she was flogged and her daughters raped.”). The game also includes historical references to the opium trade (e.g., "The Qing rulers objected, and attempted to seize incoming opium shipments, inciting the First Opium War in 1839."). The words “*!@?*,” “damn,” and “hell” appear in the text.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although you can have some fun with this as a younger player, it really only comes into its own as you engage with the political and tactical aspects of the wider game.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:


Sid Meier's Civilization usually costs £4.29 to £49.99.

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete

Steam Store PC £4.29

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Steam Store PC £49.99

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Steam Store PC £29.99

Sid Meier's Civilization

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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.
Expansions of different sizes can be purchased to expand the game with new great ages, scenarios and civilizations. A bundled purchase can offer both Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm expansions. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-12

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Communication, Fighting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Open World

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

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