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Sid Meier's Civilization

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Download Civilization.sit (4.94 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
Download (10.30 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Mini vMac

Sid Meier's Civilization is a turn-based strategy computer game created by Sid Meier for MicroProse in 1991. The game's objective is " build an empire to stand the test of time". The game begins in 4000 BC, and the players attempt to expand and develop their empires through the ages until modern and near-future times.

The aim of the game is to take a tribe, settle them, and try to create a civilization. Along the way you develop new sciences, meet other tribes (some warlike, some not), and visit new continents, all for the aim of trying to get into space, and/or to be the dominant civilization. - Civilization FAQ

This game has to be one of the most amazing games of all time. It started the phrase, "Just one more turn." If you have never played any Civilization game ever, don't read a word more download now!

A note about the downloads available from above:

The Manual in HTML form, well, at least, a collection of JPEGs or a PDF form becomes available. As the user Snow9 has already mentioned, the site is a great place to visit, if you a Civ fan.

Architecture: 68k

System 6.0.7 or better
6MB or more Hard Drive space
HD Floppy (Superdrive)
Supports Color, Greyscale, and B/W

I ran the game fine on my iMac G4 using classic and OS 9.2.1

Those that have problems starting this game on newer PowerPC systems. Download CivHack FAT. It can be done at:


by soudesune - 2015, November 17 - 10:57am

Review from contemporary magazine (MacFormat — May 1993) added.

by Slik - 2013, November 27 - 12:19pm

The Mac version does ask one question early in each game, but the answers (in a conveniently illustrated tech tree) can be found on CivFanatics (a dangerous place, in terms of time and hard-drive space, if you happen to be one). This game made me late for work, a lot.

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by Snowyfox16 - 2012, September 8 - 4:56pm

For some reason, the game crashes after a few minutes in both SheepShaver and my iBook. CivHackFAT doesn't help.

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by bertyboy - 2012, February 21 - 7:11am

Don't ever remember Civ 1 for Mac having any questions and answers. Maybe someone who can play the Mac version could replace the screenshots here which are from the DOS version.

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by Applemeister - 2012, February 20 - 9:43pm

Has the copy protection been removed in the archive available here? I have a version of Civ I where it is active, so if you answer the question incorrectly, you end up losing all of your military units -- seriously frustrating when you've been teaching the other nations a lesson and neglected to save your game along the way!

In terms of compatibility, it plays problem-free and in full 256 colours on my beige G3 desktop (the original Gossamer) running Mac OS 9.1

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by bertyboy - 2009, August 15 - 3:38pm

One question - does anyone else have trouble running the updater to version 1.1 ? It's a .cpt file which my mac won't run. Any ideas?

See download description, in particular:

- The official 1.0.6 - 1.1 updater. It came in a Compact Pro archive, but Stuffit Expander opens it no problem.

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 15 - 1:46pm

One question - does anyone else have trouble running the updater to version 1.1 ? It's a .cpt file which my mac won't run. Any ideas?

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 3 - 10:23pm

Awesome classic, used to play it a lot during my childhood. Even by todays standards it's a fun strategy game and definately worth downloading!

by BullyBull - 2009, May 22 - 3:54pm

Civilization is one of the greatest games I know. All of them are very addictive, but Civ I is the best part. I didn't run it with an emulator, it runs with the original Mac OS 7.5.5 very well and the performance is excellent.

It's a must for every Mac!

by John Muir (not verified) - 2009, May 21 - 1:42am

Note to emulator users: you need to be running OS 9 in 256 color mode. Select it from the control strip. Otherwise this game runs in black and white, literally…

Great old game.