Customizable world types give you more control over how you want your
planet to look, more possibilities!
When your Settler is active and are looking for a place to found a new
city, the "what-will-be" city radius from the Settler's present position is
helpful. Along the same line is pathing --- now you don't have to
necessarily move every unit in your empire every turn and, as a result,
getting from point A to B is never simplier!
The Build Queue in each of your cities is a handy feature that will no
doubt save time handsomely as the game progresses and more micromanagement
is required. You can even save your queues as templates to use later in
that or other games in the future.
The battle view is refreshing, in the sense that you get to see the
conflict up close.
Still getting used to it, but the fact that some units cannot travel
across particular types of terrain (eg. Horsemen and Mountains don't mix)
increases the realism of the gaming experience.
When you select an advance to research, it lets you know how many turns
it will take to discover it. (Imagine if you could do that in real life!)
Interface is revolutionarly simplistic... everything you need to manage
your civilizations is only a click away from an easily-accessible and/or
viewable (by default) menu.
As you probably already know, it is easy to get lost in the diversity of
the Wonders available to you -- 35 in all!
An alternative to pop-ups which you must go through to continue:
messages! They alert you to important events during the course of the game.
Boxes containing the messages drop down the left side on the screen. You
can even save these messages for later reference (!), and the different
pictures on the boxes help tell you what the message is about.
Now with three ways to colonize: land, water and space, potential growth
of your culture is greater then ever!
The concept of Global and Local Settings is a pleasant though challenging
aspect new to the Civilization series (in effect, the equivalent of water
pipes from the original SimCity to SimCity 2000).
For the former, the three things that impact most on your people's
happiness is how much they work (workday), how much they eat (rations),
and how much they are paid (wages).
For the latter, Public Works (PW) is the biggie. Thy represent raw
materials, resources, and labour necessary to construct title
improvements. Haven't you wondered just WHERE these came from in previous
Although I've only played around 500 years worth [to date], the different
branches of science discovery are either coming into play or I can see the
groundwork being laid for them already (physical, flight, construction,
defensive, sea, aggressive, cultural, mechanical, electricity, medical, and
economic). Add a full-colour tech poster to boot, you've got all the help
you need in making informed decisions in this department!
OK, so this is a comment on the early version of the manual, but you've
gotta love the Terminology explanations under the Screen Appendix
section... that is, those interface features that are used throughout CTP.
Right click on a city and you get a windows showing on which tiles your workers, well, work
Building a production queue(which can be saved)
Battle View screen
The Dutch diplomat responds
Choosing a new advance to research