Civilization VI expansion 'Rise and Fall' now on iOS App Store

in General Discussion edited July 2019
The iOS version of Civilization VI has ported over its first expansion "Rise and Fall", with an official announcement that the subsequent expansion, "Gathering Storm," will be released later in 2019.

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

Sid Meier's Civilization VI, or Civ VI for short, is a turn-based strategy game developed by Firaxis Games and published by Aspyr media, and released to macOS, Windows, and Linux in late 2016. It was ported to iOS in late 2017, and unlike many mobile ports, the Civ VI port is a "buy once, play forever," fully featured title.

When downloaded, users will get 60 free "turns," allowing them to test out the gameplay, and then be given the option to pay $10 for the full version.

We've talked about our love of Civilization VI before, so we're happy to see that the popular 4X strategy game is getting its first iOS expansion.

"Rise and Fall" adds in new leaders, maps, buildings, units and wonders, but also changes some of the core game play. Civ VI and prior titles in the series are known as "4X" games, centering around the mantra of "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate." However, "Rise and Fall" has made an effort to acknowledge that a civilization can make nonviolent progress as well.

The expansion had originally made its way to desktop versions in early 2018, and fans had speculated that the expansion may eventually release for the iPad. The desktop version of the game was well received, earning a 79/100 aggregate score from Metacritic. We anticipate that it will do equally well on iOS.

"Rise and Fall" can be purchased from within the unlocked version of Civ VI for $30.

Civ VI gameplay

In addition to "Rise and Fall" releasing, the developers have announced that "Gathering Storm" will release to iOS later this year.

"Gathering Storm" was released to the desktop versions in February of this year and improved the way worlds were generated, added in a new climate system and the addition of natural disasters.

"Gathering Storm" was also generally well received, with an 81/100 Metacritic score. We expect that this expansion will show up late this year and share the same $30 price tag that "Rise and Fall."

Notice to prospective buyers: The developer makes special note in the iTunes store page description that users who purchase the full game or subsequent expansions will not be able to share them via Family Sharing.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    JWSCJWSC Posts: 879member
    My wife hates this game.  (Translation: I play too often and she gets pissed because she thinks that I should be spending that time with her instead.)
  • Reply 2 of 4
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,264member
    JWSC said:
    My wife hates this game.  (Translation: I play too often and she gets pissed because she thinks that I should be spending that time with her instead.)
    Civ is one of the original killers of free time. I love it and fear it, especially now that it's on my iPad. The first time I fired it up in bed, I was doing "one more turn" until 5:30am — same as when I first played Civ I or II back in high school and watched the sun come up.

    Worth every penny!

    That said, I wish Steam licenses extended to iOS as it's expensive to buy a game and all expansions on both platforms. I'll do it anyway, though. :)
  • Reply 3 of 4
    One of the greatest ports in iOS, well done.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 2,089member
    The first version came out nearly 30 years ago. And it was a time killer then too. Ground breaking. Genre making. It may become the Monopoly of computer games in another few decades. It would be interesting to see McDonalds’s use this game as a promotion. Maybe “Peel back the sticker to get a game card.” Collect “Eiffel Tower” and “Napoleon” to win a trip to Paris. Etc. 
    edited July 2019
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