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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 06 Nov 2014 23:06
Tags: android civrev tips-n-tricks

CivRev2 Finally Arrives For Android

If you have an iToy, you've been playing Civ Rev 2 for months now, but if you're on Android, it's finally come your way. Offcontract.net spotted Civ Rev 2 earlier today. So start downloading, it's a big game. Go ahead and call in sick for work tomorrow, because you know you're gonna need just one more turn.

Via OffContract.net: Civilization Revolution 2 Arrives on Android

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Jul 2014 15:49
Tags: android civrev iphone strategy

Civilization Revolution 2 inbound for mobile

Civilization Revolution was the best strategy game on the DS, and the DS had a few to choose from. Civ Rev 2 doesn't look like it's headed to handhelds, sadly, but it should be inbound to Apple and Android mobile devices. iOS users can play today for $15 while Android users can get in on the fun later this year. Need a device to play it on? Check out offcontract.net for the best unlocked Android and iOS smartphones.

Via Joystiq | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 11 Sep 2008 19:42
Tags: civrev currents strategy tips-n-tricks

Civ Rev Tips: Rambo Edition


WiiHD's Civilization Revolution tutorial was fairly well received, so we're going to begin to give you some more pointers to up your game play. If you enjoy this post, let us know with a comment, and we'll consider continuing the series. You can find all Civ Rev Tips, including Civ Rev Tips: James Bond Edition at our new Civ Rev Tips page.

Civilization Revolution is a complex game with different ways to win and many different successful strategies that depend on the civilization you're playing with, the civs you are competing against, and the situation you're in at the moment (as well as obviously, the difficulty level). There is no single strategy that will win you the game every time, especially in multiplayer against real people. There ARE however, some tricks that when used correctly, give you a much needed edge. Although WiiHD plays the DS version, these tips apply to all platforms.

Live for nothing, Or die for something. What's your call?

It's nice that Civilization Revolution is about more than combat. Exploration, Diplomacy, Research and City Management all figure in to a good strategy. But if you're playing a decent opponent, you're going to have to fight eventually. Below are some tips to make sure you fight well and make the most of limited resources. Even as a weaker Civilization, you can make sure combat goes your way by making certain the side with superior forces loses more than you do.

First, it's important to understand combat. Each unit has a base number for offense and another for defense (to see all unit strengths, check out the Units, Buildings and Wonders Guide). Warriors have 1 for offense and 1 for defense. If one warrior attacks an enemy warrior on plains and he isn't fortified or experienced, the battle is a toss-up (depending on the level of difficulty). Beyond that, your base numbers can be affected in many ways. Base facilities like a Wall can give you plus 100% defense. Terrain provides bonuses: hills give you +50% offense OR defense, if a regular unit has to cross a river or attack from a vessel, you lose -50% of your base number. Upgrades are a vital part of combat, and we'll spend most of this edition of Civ Rev Tips talking about them. Fortification provides a defensive bonus, and making armies combines the base numbers and experience of 3 units into a single super powerful unit. Naval support provides an nice attack and defense bonus, depending on the strength of the unit.

Armies are a vital part of combat in Civilization Revolution, but forming the right armies isn't as simple as it might seem. Yes, you can put any 3 units of the same type into an army, and have a unit 3 times more powerful than any of them alone. But what you want to get the most of as few resources as possible is to form armies that have the right combination and concentration of experience and upgrades.

As an example, let's say you make 3 archers at a city with no terrain bonuses without a barracks, and make an army out of them. Then you fortify the army. Once they are fortified, you have a defensive value of 12 ((2x3) +6 for fortification). Your city can be easily taken by a veteran horseman army plus a spy (to disable your fortification), a regular Knight army, and successive attacks of fairly weak units that still manage to do you damage. Now combine 1 elite archer with an engineer upgrade, another with a Leadership upgrade and another with a loyalty upgrade, in a city on a hill, fortify, wall the city, and place a defending spy in your city. You now have a defensive value of around 33. Without even taking into account naval support, you could potentially defeat a regular tank army with that setup. With archers. You could easily take down a single bomber, scoff at un-upgraded knight armies, and fight legions while simultaneously writing the Great American Novel. It's not easy to do, but it is doable, and WiiHD will teach you how if you keep reading.

Click Here to Continue Reading Civ Rev Tips: Rambo Edition.

Also be sure to check out our last entry, Civ Rev Tips: James Bond Edition

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Aug 2008 20:26
Tags: civrev currents tips-n-tricks

Civ Rev Tips: James Bond Edition


WiiHD's Civilization Revolution tutorial was fairly well received, so we're going to begin to give you some more pointers to up your game play. If you enjoy this post, let us know with a comment, and we'll consider turning it into a series.

Civilization Revolution is a complex game with different ways to win and many different successful strategies that depend on the civilization you're playing with, the civs you are competing against, and the situation you're in at the moment (as well as obviously, the difficulty level). There is no single strategy that will win you the game every time, especially in multiplayer against real people. There ARE however, some tricks that when used correctly, give you a much needed edge. Although WiiHD plays the DS version, these tips apply to all platforms.

Tinker, Tenor, Tailor, Spy

One of the most useful units in the game is the spy. Under the right circumstances, they can be the most potent units in pursuit of Economic and Cultural Victories. Especially in those instances where another Civilization is far ahead on those conditions. Spies can let you turn their strength into a weakness, and your weakness into a strength. I've come from far behind in Deity Difficulty games with this plan of attack. Here's how you do it.

I'm sure you know by now that you can steal Great People and Gold, but doing it piecemeal and risking the loss of spies is no way to win. What you need is a battle plan. First you need a target. To target the right Civilization, you need to decide what victory condition you're going after. Hit the Who's Winning section and see who's ahead in Cultural or Economic Achievements. Now you need a target City.

As a default, Capital Cities are a great place to go. There are usually a number of Great People settled there, and they usually have a large population. But they aren't Always the fastest growing city or the one with the most Great People, nor are they always the easiest to access. Cities that are close to your own border and connected by land can be the quickest, if not the richest targets.

Continued after the break (click the permalink to see the rest of this post).

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 31 Jul 2008 20:14
Tags: civrev ds feature screens strategy

Official Civilization Revolution Tech Tree

2K put up a sweet PDF with their official graphcial tech tree today (they tried to do it 2 days ago, but the link was bad), to aid you in your thirst for world domination. There have been some similar community efforts here and elsewhere. As always, this Civ Rev Tech Tree applies to all versions of the game. To see First to Discover bonuses for tech, be sure to check out WiiHD's own tech guide

Grab it here (mediafire backup link). You can also get a pdf of the Building, Unit and Wonder Guides here (mediafire backup link). Enjoy.

Via Official Civilization Revolution Site | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jul 2008 15:53
Tags: civrev ds news strategy wii

America IS Ready for a Revolution (as always)


At an E3 Press conference covered by Gamespot, this popped up:

Feder pops back on stage and quickly talks about 2K Games. Apparently the initial run of Civilization Revolution has already sold out at US retailers, with 2K rushing to manufacture more.

It's not clear how many copies were in the initial run, but Publishers often expect to do a 3rd of their total volume in the month or so after release, so you'd think they had a tidy sum out there. Also, it's not clear whether all versions of the game were equally successful. Still, one of the criteria for un-shelving the Wii version of Civilization Revolution was sales of the other versions. WiiHD is hopeful about the prospects.

We've contacted 2K for clarifications about this apparent sell out, and the implications for the Wii version. We'll let you know what they say.

Gamespot 2K Press Conference Via 2K Forums moderator Sigmakan | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 11 Jul 2008 23:41
Tags: civrev ds preview tips-n-tricks

WiiHD's Civilization Revolution (DS) Preview

WiiHD is proud to present our own Civilization Revolution Preview for the Nintendo DS. There has been more limited coverage of the DS version, and some of it hasn't been very thoughtful. We decided to fill a gap and provide newcomers to the series a good look at just how the game plays.

WiiHD will release our full review shortly, and in it, we'll be sure to note changes in the franchise for Civ veterans. Keep an eye out for it.

Now hit the break for the full preview, perfect for beginners.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jul 2008 15:24
Tags: civrev ds strategy


It's V Day

That's ciVilization reVolution day. It's been long anticipated here at WiiHD headquarters. Let's start it out with bonus content. Since America got the game later than Europe, 2K and some retailers decided to make some free gifts for us. Sadly for DS owners, the only gift availible is a poster at Circuit City. 360 and PS3 owners have free DLC vouchers to look forward to.

Hit the break to see the full breakdown of what retailer offers what. Then check out, download and print our exclusive Civ Rev Technology Guide and take over the world as efficiently as possible.

Via 2k forums | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 03 Jul 2008 19:01
Tags: civrev strategy tmi

Civ Rev TMI, Featuring DS Fanboy


The long-awaited (by WiiHD) DS Fanboy review of Civilization Revolution is here. If you are a current Civilization fan wondering if the DS version still has something for you, this may be the best review to help you answer that question, given the reviewer history with the game. Alisha Karabinus cares about Civ, and the DS. So 5 days before Civilization Revolution DS launches in the U.S., get the full skinny. She's good about responding to questions too, so feel free to put them in the comments. As such, the DS Fanboy review is our featured review in Today's Civ Rev TMI.

DS Fanboy Review: 8/10

WiiHD's preferred review. Best combination of DS and Civilization experience. Read the whole thing.

IGN 360 Review: 8.8/10

Good Context. If you're choosing between a portable and console version, this is the review to compare against the DS version. IGN's DS review is still pending as of the time of this posting.

Kotaku (PS3 version): doesn't score

We like that kotaku doesn't give a numerical score. Often arbitrary, scores sometimes distract from the review writing, and kotaku writes well. Take a good look at this one.

To break it down, here's some of what we've learned. Unlike what IGN DS indicated earlier, we know stylus control is well-implemented for DS, if you desire to use it. We know the 360 online is mostly smooth from people's demo experiences, however there have also been reports on the 2k forums of the PS3 demo freezing during online play. Hopefully nothing that will affect the full version or the DS game. Worker management is very different—you now pay to build roads. City management is simplified and less important, as your citizens can't starve. Remember that the DS version has no Voicechat, and we're still waiting to hear about how Friend Codes have been implemented. Are they necessary? Can you play random people? Any text communication options? We'll let you know.


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Jul 2008 20:23
Tags: civrev ds preview

DS Fanboy goes Hands-On with Civ Rev

There is one place you should look first for the review of the DS version of Civilization Revolution: DS Fanboy. I wouldn't point you there for everything, but they've got this topic cornered. Unlike a lot of people who will be reviewing the DS game, Alisha Karabinus has a amicable and long history with the PC franchise AND a rock-solid understanding of the DS. It's a rare combination, and when it comes out, it's the review to trust. Not necessarily in terms of the score, as WiiHD discourages making purchases based on review scores, but based on the content.

For today we have DS Fanboy's preview of Civilization Revolution, and a serious case of jealousy that they got to play it first. WiiHD is a few days late reporting it, but it's still worth the read. Here are some quotes. Once you're done with them, go read the whole thing.

One of the great things about the Civ franchise is that you can really make the game your own… It's like having a dozen different games instead of just one, and it's a huge part of why I love the games.

Civilization Revolution doesn't feel quite as open. … Instead of a dozen games, I have one, or maybe two, and I feel the lack.

As I spend more time with Civ Rev, I hope to learn to appreciate this version. …even this [more limited] version is basically limitless; if you're a strategy nut, you can play forever.

Units and buildings are also produced much more quickly, which means fewer early turns skipped as you wait to build up your base. I do like that; in fact, I love it.

In these early stages, I'm frankly split on my opinion. It's Civilization and yet it's not.

There are videos after the break. And don't forget to check out our Exclusive Civ Rev Tech guide
DS Fanboy | Permalink

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