You’ll find a list of games like Civilization and the best strategy games on the next page, but first let’s take a look at what makes games like Civilization so amazing.
Intro to the video games design of games like Civilization
Turn-based strategy games like Civilization are the fan favourites of gamers who love more intellectual styles of play.
The gameplay of a turn-based strategy game like civilization is largely based on managerial skills. Players must control their forces in realistic ways that are based off of real life military tactics. The best examples of this style of gameplay is found in Tactical role-playing games like Poxnora, King’s Bounty, uTanks and Battle for Wesnorth, not to mention, of course, Civilization.
The original Turn Based Strategy Games like Civilization
At first, Turn Based Strategy games were based around historic battles. But it wasn’t long before game developers began to create TBSs around fictional battles.
Sit Meier has confirmed that Civilization (and thereby other games like Civilization) was based around an old board game which was also called Civilization. The game was created by Hartland Trefoil, a company in the UK, back in 1980.
Meier was actually the third video game designer to design a computer version of the 1980s board game, but the other two designs were cancelled.
The original design of Civilization was as a real -time game, but Meier considered it to be too similar to other strategy games at the time and so changed the system to a TBS.
The decision to do so was a remarkable success. Not only did Civilization end up becoming one of the best games of all time, it also spawned a whole industry of other games like Civilization, which reveal on the next page.