Tips and Tricks for Civilization 5

Here are some tips, tricks and various strategies that can be used in Civilization 5:

1. City Position (mountains, rivers, hills): Placing your city next to a river will grant the ability to build the Water Mill giving your city a food and production advantage once built. Placing your city next to a mountain will grant the ability to build a Observatory later on in the game that will give a science boost. Building on top of a hill will give your city a defensive boost. Building next to the sea will eventually give your city access to the sea resources.

2. City Position (Do not always build by the ocean): One of the easiest ways to destroy a city is with the use of Frigates and Privateers. If you place a city on the sea consider a position that offers less tiles for the enemy to coordinate an attack. Make good use of inlets and narrow bays that limit your enemies ability. Or just build a few port cities and place the other cities at least 3 tiles from the ocean, so the enemy cannot mount an attack from the sea.

3. Check to see if a Civ is working on a wonder: You have the ability to check revealed enemy cities to see if a civ is attempting to build a wonder. The wonder will appear outside any city that is attempting to build it. It is a good way to not waste your production so you place your effort elsewhere.

4. Keep Military to minimum (at first): When starting out a game, you should aim for building an infrastructure and making as many cities as possible. Militarization should be kept to a minimal until you either encounter mass barbarian resistance or you meet a neighbor who isn’t exactly “friendly” – This will maximize gold and resource output.

5. Barbarian XP farming: Don’t always take out barbarian encampments, use their spawns to give your units XP, so they can be upgraded.  Rotate your troops as needed.



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Civilization 5 – Gods & Kings

Civilization 5 Gods & Kings <–Watch the trailer by clicking the link.

Civilization V: Gods & Kings is now available! 9 new civilizations, 27 new units, completely new religion and espionage systems, and a reworked combat system and just a few of the additions Gods & Kings will bring to your favorite empire building game.

Civilization 5 - Gods & Kings

Civilization 5 - Gods & Kings

Civilization 5 Religion

Civilization 5 Religion


Civilization 5 Espionage

Civilization 5 Espionage

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Wonders of the Ancient World Walk-through

Wonders of the Ancient World <—-Click link to start the video.

The Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario Pack adds three new wonders to Sid Meier’s Civilization V: The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Statue of Zeus, and the Temple of Artemis. Each of these early wonders brings powerful benefits to the civilization which can construct them!

The Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario is a race between civilizations at the dawn of time. Each Civilization is competing to be the greatest builder of Wonders of the Ancient World. Play as one of the five civilizations and leave an indelible mark on history, or fade away into the dust of the past!


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Civilization 5 Korea Walk-through

Civilization 5 Korea Walk-through <—Click the link to start the video


The Korea Civilization and Scenario Pack brings you both the Korea Civilization and the new Scenario: The Samurai Invasion of Korea, to further enhance your Civilization V experience. Rule the world as Sejong, King of the Choson Dynasty, with your invincible Turtle Ships and Hwach’a artillery!

Scenario Description: The great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi has unified Japan. To keep his Samurai busy, his eye now turns west to Korea. Will he be able to expand his empire? Or will Korea’s Chinese allies arrive in time? Play as one of four Civilizations: Korea, China, Manchuria, or Japan.

Sejong the Great (1397-1450 AD) was the fourth king of the Choson Dynasty of Korea, and considered by many to be the greatest king in Korean history. His reign was marked by his deep care for his people’s welfare and his encouragement of sciences and technology. He is credited with the creation of the Korean written language.

Civilization 5 Korea Walk-through
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Civilization 5 Polynesia Walkthrough

Civilization 5 Polynesia Walkthrough <—Click here to start the video.

Civilization 5 Polynesia

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Civilization V Special Edition

The Special Edition of Civilization V is available in stores today! It contains 5 pewter miniatures created by Reaper Miniatures, a beautiful art book, 2 disk soundtrack, and a “Making of Civilization V” DVD.

The Special Edition is being sold at Best Buy and select online retailers and VERY limited quantities are available! Only 7,500 in North America!

Civilization V Special Edition

Civilization V Special Edition

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Civilization Revolution for Apple Ipad

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution is a launch title for the Apple iPad and is available today for purchase. We have exclusive screenshots of the game, showing off how we have updated and optimized for the iPad’s large screen, enhancing the UI, graphics, and more. After you’ve checked out the screens, you can purchase Civilization Revolution for $12.99 from the App Store on iPad.

Civilization Revolution

Civilization Revolution


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Civ 5 Civilizations

Washington George Washington America

(Manifest Destiny) All land Military Units have +1 sight. 25% discount when purchasing tiles.

Special: B17 Bomber, Minuteman

Harun al-Rashid Haran al RashidArabia

(Trade Caravans) +1 gold from each trade route and Oil resource provide double quantity.

Special: Camel Archer, Bazaar

Montezuma MontezumaThe Aztecs

(Sacrificial Captives) Gains culture for the empire from each enemy unit killed.

Special: Jaguar, Floating Gardens

Wu ZetianWu ZetianChina

(Art of War) Effectiveness and spawn rate of Great Generals increased.

Special: Chu-Ko-Nu, Paper Maker

Ramesses II Ramesses II Egypt

+20% Production towards wonder production.

Specials: War Chariot, Burial Tomb

Elizabeth Elizabeth England

(Sun Never Sets) +2 Movement for all navel units.

Special: Longbowman, Ship of the Line

Napoleon Napolean France

(Ancien Regime) +2 Culture from cities before discovering steam power.

Specials: Foreign Legion, Musketeer

Bismark Bismarck Germany

(Furor Teutonicus) Upon defeating a barbarian inside and encampment, there is a 50% chance you earn 25 gold and they join your side.

Special: Landsknecht, Panzer Tank

Alexander Alexander Greece

(Hellenic League) City-State influence degrades at half and recovers at twice the normal rate.

Special: Companion Cavalry, Hoplite

Gabdhi Gandhi India

(Population Growth) Unhappiness from number of cities doubled. Unhappiness from number of citizens halved.

Special: War Elephant, Mughal Fort

Hiawatha HiawathaIroquis

(The Great Warpath) Units move through forest and jungle as if they were a road. These tiles can be used to establish a trade route.

Special: Mohawk Warrior, Longhouse

Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga Japan

(Bushido) Units fight as if they were full strength even when damaged.

Special: Samurai, Zero

Suleiman SuleimanThe Ottomans

(Barbary Corsairs) 50% chance of converting a Barbarian navel unit to your side and earnign 25 gold.

Special: Janissary, Sipahi

Darius I Darius I Persia

(Achaemenid Legacy) Golden ages last 50% longer. During a golden age, units receive +1 movement and a 10% combat strength bonus.

Special: Immortal, Satrap’s Court

Augustus Caesar Augustas Ceasar Rome

(The Glory of Rome) 25% production towards any buildings that already exist in the Capital.

Special: Ballista, Legion

Catherine Catherine Russia

(Siberian Riches) Strategic resources provide +1 production Horse, Iron, and Uranium resources provide double quantity.

Special: Cossack, Krepost

Ramkhamhaeng Ramkhamhaeng Siam

(Father Governs Children) Food and Culture from friendly City-States increased by 50%.

Special: Naresuan’s Elephant, Wat

Askia Askia Songhai

(River Warlord) Receive triple gold from Barbarian encampments and pillaging Cities. Embarked units can defend themselves.

Special: Mandekalu Cavalry, Mud Pyramid Mosque

Genghis Khan Genghis Khan Mongolia

(Mongol Terror) Combat Strength +30% when fighting City-State units or attacking a City-State itself. All mounted units have +1 movement.

Special: Keshik, Khan

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Civilization 5 Cheats

Debug modeNote: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Use a text editor to edit the “config.ini” file in the game directory. Change the “DebugPanel = 0″ line to “DebugPanel = 1″. Start a new game, and press ~ to display a debug panel on the right side. For example, select the “Reveal All” option to view the full map.

  • Steam achievementsSuccessfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding achievement. To view your achievements and stats in Steam, select “Community”, “My profile”, “View all my games”, then the game and view stats.
  • First In The Hearts Of Your Countrymen: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Washington.

    Video Et Taceo: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Elizabeth.

    Vivre La Revolution: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Napoleon.

    Blood And Iron: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Bismarck.

    Star Of The North: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Catherine.

    Veni, Vidi, Vici: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Caesar.

    The Man Who Would Be King: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Alexander.

    Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-ka: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Ramesses II.

    The African King: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Askia. Arabian Knights: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Harun al-Rashid.

    Age Of Empire: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Darius.

    Give Peace A Chance: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Gandhi.

    Empire Of The East: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Ramkhamhaeng.

    A Woman’s Work: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Wu Zetian.

    Rising Sun: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Oda.

    First Of The Mohicans: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Hiawatha.

    Montezuma’s Revenge…: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Montezuma.

    A Magnificent Victory: Beat the game on any difficulty setting as Suleiman.

    Master Of The Universe: Beat the game on any difficulty setting with each leader.

    Baby Steps: Beat the game on the Settler difficulty level.

    Taking Off The Training Wheels: Beat the game on the Chieftain difficulty level.

    The Alexman: Beat the game on the Warlord difficulty level.

    Charming. Really.: Beat the game on the Prince difficulty level.

    The Once And Future King: Beat the game on the King difficulty level.

    The Golden Path: Beat the game on the Emperor difficulty level.

    The World Is A Mess, And I Just Need To Rule It: Beat the game on the Immortal difficulty level.

    Flawless Strategy: Beat the game on the Deity difficulty level.

    It’s Just You And Me, Kid: Beat the game on a Duel Map.

    I Need More Elbow Room: Beat the game on a Tiny Map.

    Living In Smallville: Beat the game on a Small Map.

    It’s Standard Issue: Beat the game on a Standard Map.

    Do You Want To Super Size That?: Beat the game on a Large Map.

    Ruler Of The Twelve Colonies: Beat the game on a Huge Map.

    Plate Tectonics: Beat the game on a Continents-type Map.

    Going It Old School: Beat the game on a Pangaea-type Map.

    Island Hopping: Beat the game on an Archipelago-type Map.

    Battlefield Earth: Beat the game on an Earth-type Map.

    Gotta Catch ‘em All: Beat the game on all standard map types and sizes.

    Last Man Standing: Win any Multiplayer Match. Say Hello To My Little Friend: Reach Ally Status with a City State.

    Neighborhood Bully: Annex a previously puppetted City State.

    Engineer: Build a Wonder.

    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Upgrade a Unit.

    Moving On Up: Earn a Unit Promotion.

    Two Men Enter, One Man Leave: Completely defeat another Civ and remove them from the game.

    Second City: Found a second city.

    Treasure Hunter: Discover an ancient ruin.

    We Have The Technology: Fully explore the Tech Tree.

    The Wonder Years: Build all the Wonders, across any number of playthroughs.

    Enlightened Ruler: Unlock all Social Policies, across any number of playthroughs.

    Model Of A Modern Major-general: Train all Units, across any number of playthroughs.

    Peace And Prosperity: Begin a Golden Age.

    City Of Lights: Develop a city to produce more than 100 culture per turn.

    City Of Science: Develop a city to produce more than 100 science per turn.

    City Of Gold: Develop a city to produce more than 100 gold per turn.

    Land Baron: Purchase 1000 tiles, across any number of playthroughs.

    I’m On A Boat!: Embark a Unit.

    Here Ends The Noble Savage: Raze 100 Barbarian camps, across any number of playthroughs.

    Seriously?!?: Have another Civ beat you to completing a Wonder 10 times.

    One To Rule Them All: Beat the game on any difficulty setting with only one city.

    Go Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before: Win a Space Victory.

    The Best State Of A Republic: Win a Cultural Victory.

    The Pen Is Mightier: Win a Diplomatic Victory.

    Exterminate! Exterminate!: Win a Domination Victory.

    To Stand The Test Of Time: Beat the game with all victory conditions.

    I Can Has Nukes?: Drop a Nuke on another Civ.

    Experimenter: Play a game with a Mod.

    Expansionist: Download a Mod.

    Connoisseur: Rate a Mod.

    With Liberty And Justice For All: Fully Explore the Liberty Policy Track.

    Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis: Fully Explore the Piety Policy Track.

    Diplomacy By Other Means: Fully Explore the Autocracy Policy Track.

    With An Iron Fist: Fully Explore the Order Policy Track.

    Master Of The House: Fully Explore the Tradition Policy Track.

    Death Before Shame: Fully Explore the Honor Policy Track.

    Team Player: Fully Explore the Patronage Policy Track.

    Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees: Fully Explore the Commerce Policy Track.

    Eighty-eight Miles Per Hour: Fully Explore the Rationalism Policy Track.

    Freedom Isn’t Free: Fully Explore the Freedom Policy Track.

    The Explorer: Discover 100 Natural Wonders.

    The Appian Way: Build 1000 roads, across any number of playthroughs.

    Forty-niner: Build 1000 mines, across any number of playthroughs.

    Merchant King: Trade 100 resources, across any number of playthroughs.

    Magellan: Prove that the world is round by uncovering a connected loop of tiles around the circumference of the world.

    Paul Bunyan: Chop down 1000 forest tiles, across any number of playthroughs.

    God Is Great: Construct 1000 Temples, across any number of playthroughs.

    Flying Fortress: Bomb an enemy city with a B-17.

    Arab Trader: Trade a luxury resource to another Civ that you earned through a city with a Bazaar.

    Gardens Of Lake Texcoco: Build a Floating Garden in a city with a lake tile in its radius.

    Riddle Of The Sphinx: Rush a wonder as Egypt with a Great Engineer.

    Three Musketeers: Kill a unit with a French Musketeer when two other Musketeers are providing flanking bonuses.

    People Of The Longhouse: Build a longhouse in a city with at least 4 unchopped forests in its radius.

    Bollywood: As Gandhi, win a cultural victory with 3 or fewer cities in your empire.

    Kamikaze Attack: Kill an enemy unit attacking with a Japanese unit with just 1 HP remaining.

    All Roads Lead To Rome: Build a road with a Roman Legion.

    Sun Tzu’s Art Of War: As Wu Zetian, earn a Great General through battle.

    Barbarian Warlord: As Bismarck, convert the Barbarians from 10 camps to your side.

    Barbary Pirate: As Suleiman, accumulate a navy with 10 Barbarian naval units.

    Tomb Raider: Pillage gold from an Egyptian city with a burial tomb in it.

    My Little Pony: As Catherine, research Horseback Riding before any other Civ.

    Ruler Of The Seas: As Elizabeth, sink and destroy 357 enemy naval units, across any number of playthroughs.

    Conquest Of The World: As Alexander, defeat every known player by 350 BC.

    He Threw A Car At My Head!: Have any city ransomed by Barbarians.

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    Civilization 6

    The latest installment of the best selling PC game series Civilization is what the game was always meant to be. While waiting for the release of Civilization 6, I must point out that Civilization 5 is a game with more balance than any of the prior versions that have been released.


    It is not just about graphics, which are also improved. If your a avid strategy pc game fan who is familiar with the series, you know that previous versions of Civilization felt unbalanced. In Civilization 5 the game feels very balanced and that equals into more fun and it requires more strategy and thinking. Another thing that is a big plus for the game is the cities boundaries ability to grow in a very natural way. It is not about waiting turns until you develop you technologies. You can buy land in advance to provide extra resources for the cities.

    Civilization 5

    In Civilization 6, it would be nice if it keeps the nice balance in unit strength as in Civ 5. War is very balanced and the units seem to preform accurately. For example, musket-men can be rushed by swordsmen and lose even though they have advanced technology. Terrain is also taken into account. The nice thing about the fighting system, is it will tell you the odds if you will be successful or not (at least on the easier levels).

    The layout of the world is much better and more realistic than in previous versions of Civilization. I was always a little disappointed with the game map and the setup of the world map, because Civilization 4 was released after games such as Age of Empires that had a much better world map. However in Civilization 5 they have finally put in the extra effort and it is paid off in a big way. The maps are still a little small in my opinion, but maybe they can make it a little more expansive and world-like in Civilization 6.



    If you don’t have a copy of Civilization 5, the game is well worth a look. Compared to Civilization 4, the game is a real upgrade and a must play. How do you improve Civilization 6? Better graphics maybe. Larger maps, maybe real diplomats and real issues that can be make or break friendships between countries. I am not saying that Civ 5 is not a solid game, it is, but there is always room for improvement.

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