Sid Meier’s Civilization series is a turn-based strategy game based on real world history. There are five major installments in the series.
Note: for expansion ratings, check out the ESRB site. All Civilization games and expansions are rated either E or E+10.
Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll
Substance Use: The opium trade is referenced in a historical context.
Violence: Mild, bloodless, bird’s-eye-view battles are depicted.
Players may save whenever they wish. However, there is a tutorial option in Civilization V that cannot be saved.
Story & Themes
- Think about how the actions of individual leaders can influence the course of world history. What happens if a world leader is a bad person? What if a leader has a mental illness?
- Do you think leaders have to think just about war and peace with other countries, or are there other considerations? For instance, what if their soldiers are hungry? What do you think would happen?
- What do think about the impact of scientific and technological advances on the course of world history? What happens when one group of people discovers something before another group? Does that make that group “better,” or do they just have better resources?
- What kind of advantages does access to resources give to people?
- If a country is strong at one time, does that mean it will always be powerful? What are some factors that might take away from their advantage over time?
- Why do you think people go to war with each other?
Civ, short for civilization, is the term often used to refer to the Civilization series (e.g., “I play Nebuchadnezzar II in Civ V.”)