Freeciv is a free turn based strategy game that has been inspired by Sid Meier’s Civilization game. Freeciv is open source, which makes it completely free to download and play. There are a number of versions of Freeciv available for free download. These include a Windows version that can be downloaded from the official Freeciv website. This version requires a basic Windows installation. Players can also download the source code in order to build and install on a unix like operating system. Finally there are two browser versions, an HTML5 2D version and a 3D WebGL version. All versions have the same general game play features.
Similar to games in the Civilization series, in Freeciv players take the role of a leader of an civilization starting in the year 4000 B.C. The main goal is to guided the civilization through the ages from the stone age through the space age and beyond. Game play in Freeciv includes exploring and discovering new land, founding cities. This allows you to create new cities and manage them. In addition, Freeciv includes many of the same features found in Civilization. This includes research, diplomacy, trade and warfare/conquest. It also includes both a single player game mode as well as a multiplayer mode.
There are a number of victory conditions available in Freeciv. The most common is when there is one civilization has survived and all others have been conquered. Other victory conditions include the first civilization to colonize space and a time limit condition with the highest score winning.
A Very Brief History of Freeciv
The initial release of Freeciv was in 1996. Students at Denmark’s Aarhus University wanted to create a game that combined the game play of both XPilot and Sid Meier’s Civilization. The main goal was to make a Civilization like game playable online. Since then, the game has gone through some updates and changes but has stayed true to the original goal. A free Civilization like game for with both single and multiplayer game play.