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Freeciv
Freeciv-2.1.0-beta3-sdl slack11.0
Freeciv 2.1.0-beta3, with the SDL client
Developer(s) The Freeciv developers
Publisher(s) The Freeciv project
License GNU General Public License
Platform(s) cross-platform
Release date January 5, 1996 (1.0)
August 11, 2008 (2.1.6)
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Multiplayer, single-player
Input methods Keyboard, mouse

Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal:

To become the greatest civilization.


Players of the Civilization® series by Microprose® should feel at home, since one aim of Freeciv is to have optional modes (called rulesets) with compatible rules.

Freeciv is maintained by an international team of coders and enthusiasts, and is easily one of the most fun and addictive network games out there!

That also means it has very extensive multilanguage support, something rare in games.

In generalEdit

  • Generally comparable with Civilization I & II.
  • Up to 30 players!
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer-controlled players.
  • Internet & LAN multiplayer (TCP/IP).
  • Support for a great number of platforms.
  • Premade maps & scenarios!
  • more than 50 playable units and far beyond 100 nations.
  • Modpack support!
  • Internationalization (i18n): Translations for 29 languages available.
  • In game help system.

Gameplay specificEdit

  • Full Fog of War.
  • Diplomacy.

GraphicsEdit

There are different graphics for different needs.

  • 30x30 & 96x48 sized tiles, or most any size you feel like drawing.
  • 2, 64, 256 and more colors!

User InterfacesEdit

  • GTK+
  • SDL
  • Win32
  • Xaw

TechnicalEdit

  • Written in C
  • POSIX-compliant and very portable
  • Scriptable via Lua

LanguagesEdit

  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (British)
  • English (U.S.)
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Free softwareEdit

Freeciv is Free software and that means a lot! It gives you as a user a great deal of liberty, which proprietary software just doesn't.

A little list of some of the advantages Freeciv has:

  • It's free!
  • The source code is available.
  • You are allowed to copy, redistribute, charge money for & modify Freeciv. For more info on this subject refer to the license.
  • A new release every now and then with new and exciting features!
  • You can influence the development of the game dramatically!
  • It uses the very (free software developers) friendly [GNU General Public License].

External LinksEdit

Official Freeciv Website

Longturn (Freeciv variant with one turn each day)



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