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Civilization II: Test Of Time (PC)

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
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3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Command armies, build cities, and create wonders of the world to stand forever.
  • Danger is no longer just on 4 sides.
  • Civilizations threaten from above and below on multiple worlds within each game.
  • The original Civilization 2, now extended into the Centaurus star system.
  • Up to 7 people can play over the Internet or local area network.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004UA2V
  • Release Date: 13 Aug. 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,197 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Product Description

Build a powerful civilization that will thrive and dominate, then travel to new worlds to continue your epic journey of conquest into the unknown. Civilization 2: Test of Time takes you where no Civilization game has ever ventured, and the challenge awaits those who dare to reshape history, legend, and the future. This Civilization includes three epic games covering 10 worlds.

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Build a powerful civilization that will thrive and dominate--and then travel to new worlds to continue your epic journey of conquest into the unknown. Civilization 2: Test of Time takes you where no Civilization game has ever ventured, and the challenge awaits those who dare to reshape history, legend, and the future. Build, conquer, and defend. Lead the world through clever diplomacy and ruthless strength.


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Test of time is a great game. It is a great improvement on civ 2. With easier to customize rules, multiplayer games, particularly hotseat, animated graphics, many worlds to explore, the fantasy games based on norse mythology, particulary the Buetos, the cloud people, where you get to colonize the clouds and traverse the skies, and many other options, test of time allows a lot more and therefore is brilliant. These are the good points. A few bad points though, not many so that's good; In Hotseat mode diplomacy is handled by the AI. These results in unwanted wars, being denied exchanges and gifts being given to other players when you did not want to give them anything. The AI is very easy to manipulate, the human players should be able to control their own diplomacy. Also you can not see the computer turns, this is annoying, especially when it comes to barbarians. Internet games are rather difficult to set up. The extention on the original is not very realistic. Editing the graphics is far too hard. You can't load games or scenarios from the old civ 2. You can use old maps and the old map editor, but this only allows maps for the original game, other map types you have to work out what becomes what. It only comes with one scenario of its own, and creating new scenarios is painfully slow. Also the beloved high council, the city viewer and the wonder videos have disappeared! However despite these set backs there is far more to do on test of time than the original.
It's worth buying, unless you actually can wait for Civ 3...
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i had, quite a bit of problems getting this to run on windows 7 (64 bit)
however after a bit of googling and playing around, i got it to work

now, i had this game when i was but a wee lad, and i loved it, so il admit i mostly got this for nostalgia value
however
playing it again
reminded me of how much i loved it
the test of time comes with many extra game modes
sci fi being my particular fave
take your civilistaion from humble beginnings all the way up into the stars
there is also the famous save file of civ II, for those who wish to face another challenge of saving the post apocalytic nuclear Earth {seriosuly, google it}
does take a bit of work to get running on newer systems but
not teribly difficult, and an amazing game to play, one of my fave civilization games [and ive played a few]
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By A Customer on 4 May 2002
This is a very addictive strategy game. It's also extremely complicated. It's a bit slow-moving for a lot of people, but there are so many diferent things to ressearch and build. Every scenario played turns out differently. The rules are horribly complicated and founding cities can be very hard to get right if you don't know what you're doing.
This is not a game for people with little patience.
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As this product is a slightly-updated version of Sid Meier'S Civilization II (PC CD), this review is a comparison of the 2. You can check out reviews of the original Civ2 for more details of gameplay etc. Please note, this game does not play out-of-the-box on new operating systems - you must download a patch (available online).

Test of Time is exactly the same as the original in terms of gameplay.
The differences are:

'Updated' graphics.
- Terrain looks slightly different but not much better. Units are now animated i.e. when they attack/move. Cities look slightly different. New sounds too for unit movement/attack etc.

New icons.
- Every tech / improvement has a new icon. They are more complex than before which merely makes them harder to identify (this is bad!)

More game-types.
- By this I mean you can play as a whole host of new civilizations including aliens, on a number of different worlds. However, gameplay is exactly the same, units/terrain just look different and have different names.

No more cutscenes / City council! (this is bad!)
- No videos when you complete a wonder, No meeting with the city council.

and finally...

!!!! THE INTERFACE IS RUINED !!!!
- Civ2 had a great interface - everything was where is needed to be, it was a joy to play. Test of Time turned this interface on its head - nothing is where it should be, it's awkward, all sidebars and dialogue boxes have a horrible textured background making them harder to read. In the city view you now have to scroll between unit support/improvements/units in city/etc, rather than having them separate to view all at once.
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Civilization II Test of Time remains the best expansion of the best version of Civ.

To summarise, Civilization II Test of Time offers four gameplay modes of the Civilization II game: original, extended original, fantasy and sci-fi. Extended original extends gameplay beyond successfully winning the space race, allowing the player to colonise Alpha Centuri, a planet inhabited by a single alien species. Fantasy and sci-fi games retain the familiar game mechanics but play out over a number of linked map levels.

Gameplay in Test of Time benefits from improved AI civilizations, which are keener to expand into extensive empires and are less prone to AI stupidities. Perhaps best of all, the maps in every mode are more challenging and, crucially, less fertile than the Civ II equivalents. This improves gameplay, makes empire planning far less geometric, heightens the importance of river valley cities and goes some way to preventing city production across the map from spiralling exponentially out of control in the late game.

Admittedly, the fantasy and sci-fi modes lean very heavily on the old game, as one might expect from an expansion pack. I find that the fantasy gameplay can be compelling, while the sci-fi mode is hindered by rather unimaginative units and terrain. Both, though, stoke the magic ingredient of the original game: the ability to fire the imagination.
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