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Freeciv – Free Civilization Game

by James 15 February 2009 6 Comments

Freeciv is an open source game, similar to the famous Civilization series. It’s an empire building turn based strategy game, taking you from the beginning of time to the modern ages and givin you the chance to rule your people to prosperity and peace. Or war if you like that part better.

Civilization was one of my all time favorite games. I remember that I spent more than 20 hours playing it continuously the first time I installed it in my computer, several years ago. Now I’m not that much into games anymore, I’m getting older it seems, but I still like to play a good game once in a while. Now I’m focusing on freeware and open source games, and one of the first ones that I wanted to test was, obviously, Freeciv.


The game functions are almost identical to those in the Civilization series, from the diplomacy screen to the interactive map and the science research table. The great thing in Freeciv compared to civilization is that here you can choose from many more nations, so I finally got the chance to rule my fellow Romanians 🙂


Even if it lacks the flamboyant graphics that were featured in the latest Civilization games, Freeciv is a solid game, as addictive as they can get. 


There are two great things about Freeciv. Okay, okay, there are more 🙂 But two of them are crucial: you can play it online with your friends (or enemies if you want) and you can customize it with the various mods and maps that are available thanks to a great user community.

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Operating System

Windows All, Linux, Mac OS X

Download link


 Open source and multi platform.

 Addictive strategy game.

 The graphics may not appeal too much to today’s gamers.



Freeciv is an open source alternative to those expensive games that are flowing around today. Maybe it’s not that shiny, but if you want to have fun and you like strategy games it’s definitely what you need.

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