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  • genre Strategy / Economic / Sci-fi
  • download size 466 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 118 user ratings.
  • release date March 26, 2003
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Stardock / Stardock
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 5 avatars
  • manual
  • soundtrack
  • 3 editor manuals

What's cool about it:

  • Includes both the original Galactic Civilizations and the Altarian Prophecy expansion pack.
  • Multiple ways to win: whether you focus on military strength, economic might, cultural dominance, or political power.
  • Map, Scenario, and Campaign editors allow you to design your own galaxies!
  • Playing as the leader of humanity, you have a rich and deep heritage to lead the human race and become one of the principal species of the universe.


The year is 2178, the Terran Alliance has invented a new technology -- Hyperdrive. But the secret has leaked to the other civilizations starting a race for all the inhabitable worlds in the galaxy! As leader of United Earth, you must research new technologies, build an economy, create a powerful military force, all the while carefully balancing your political, diplomatic and trade skills.

Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition combines the award-winning Galactic Civilizations with the Altarian Prophecy expansion pack to create a stellar adventure. Experience one of the best Sci-Fi 4x turn-based strategy games ever created!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Violence. PEGI Rating: 7+ with Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Not Quite MOO2, Surpassed by GC2

Posted on 2013-04-11 10:52:07 byjbarnson's avatarjbarnson:

This game was far closer to the "Master of Orion" experience than Master of Orion 3. Lacking tactical combat was a (small) point against it. But otherwise... I played the crap out of it. And then, when the sequel came out with all of its expansions... I don't think I could ever go back. Still, lacking Gal Civ 2, this is a very fun sci-fi 4x game that is really head-and-shouldersread more above any others of its era.
And while it's not MoO2, in some ways it is a simpler, faster-paced experience, so that's not totally a bad thing.

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Looks like I need to buy this again!

Posted on 2013-04-11 08:02:34 byspecter800's avatarspecter800:

I won't compare this game to MoO or MoO2 because....well, I won't. What I will say is that, at one point or another, GalCIv or GalCiv 2 have been on every single one of my computers since I got into the Space-based 4X genre about 6-7 years ago.
From the beginning (and perhaps this was just my active imagination) you're thrust into the universe as the commander in charge your empire'sread more reach out to the stars and nothing takes you out of that role, even for a second. Send scouts on 5 year long voyages to explore far off planets or survey asteroids for mining. Risk sending a defenseless colony ship out into unexplored territory in the hopes of finding that elusive "second earth". These are things that are offered in other games but never seem to draw the interest or emotion as they do in GalCiv. This is the one 4X game where I could be completely satisfied with only development and exploration where in other games I tend to get bored and try to wipe out everyone else.
I can't really write much more at the moment but I'm sure others will tell you, you're wasting time you could be spending planting flags in alien worlds, researching more efficient fuel technologies, or, if it suits you, making powerful weapons to conquer the galaxy.

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Best Diplomacy, Great Game

Posted on 2013-04-11 09:23:30 byTallima's avatarTallima:

You'll be soaring through the stars in no time as you discover the galaxy in a similar fashion to Civilization. You'll find special materials, build star bases, enhance your planets and battle it out with customized space ships.
The strategic elements create endless gameplay. But where this game truly soars is in its diplomatic system. The AI feels like you're dealing with realread more people from real galactic civilizations. You'll tread carefully with some just to avoid war, give freely to others because they'll do the same (and you generally won't have to look out for wonky back-stabbing events that just don't seem to make sense) or you may just decide that a civilization is just too dangerous to live. Kill them all.
Another great reason to like this game is that it features a vast array of difficulty levels, so you can learn the game while you play.
This 1st game is my favorite. Everything is in 2D sprite form. I played it endlessly. Galactic Civ II made everything in 3D and kept many of the same elements -- but it just lost its charm for me. So do yourself a favor and pick this one up now and enjoy several hours of strategic fun.

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