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Civilization II OS X

Just wanted to bring to attention that I have uploaded the OS X version of Civ II.

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/civilization-ii-gold

It seemed like people were unaware that such a version was made. It has a couple bugs, but it's playable.

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Looks like an official version, © 1999 MicroProse & WizardWorks (File -> Information).
If this information is correct, you're true.

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Still a bit suspicious of it. It's updated in 2004, with a verxsion number from 1999. MicroProse was long gone by 2004, with the rights to Civ II having passed to Hasbro.
Under the Atari label, they re-released Civ II for Windows ME and XP in 2002, but can't find anything to suggest there was a Mac re-release. Civ III for Mac was released in 2003, and this post-dates that.

But, if it works, then we should keep it. I haven't tested it, the Classic version runs fine for me. And to release an OSX PPC (Carbonised) version would only require a recompilation, rather than a re-write (for Cocoa) which would mean it runs on Intel.

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If I recall correctly, one of the programmers updated the port to make it Carbonized and released it on his iDisk. I too download it and have been using it for ages (Civ II is my favorite, along with SMAC, of really any computer game).

Here's some tips from someone who's been using it for years:

- It will crash seemingly randomly -> Make sure you turn on Auto-save after every turn, and make an alias to where the auto-saves are stored for quick access. At most you'll lose 2-3 turns.
- Animated heralds and movies for wonders work, but I always felt they caused crashes to happen more often than not
- I could never get it to work with the CD music, either from Civ II or Civ II Gold. All other music works fine from a full install, including sound effects. No big deal really, if you want just play it in iTunes.
- Other player movement usually doesn't show, neither does battles. You hear the noise, then you see who survived.
- Game crashes hard if you actually go to Alpha Centauri in your spaceship. But at that point you've basically won anyway!

This is on a Mac Pro, Mac OS X 10.4 to the latest 10.6. It's a pretty resilient port (unlike the SMAC port, which 10.6 made wonky outside of windowed mode)

Edit: Also, like the Carbon SMAC patch, the application lost its icon in the Dock with Mac OS 10.6. In previous OS it was the standard icon (pyramid).

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If I recall correctly, one of the programmers updated the port to make it Carbonized

Then we should take it as an official version. It is like Glider Pro created by John Calhoun.

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BTW the iDisk is long gone from whomever it was who made it, I remember tossing the bookmark.