Here's another Sid Meier classic.
Turn Based Strategy
I first played Civilization in college, it was the 2nd game in the series and I had borrowed a copy of it from my roommate. So I installed this game the Friday before finals week. Late on Sunday when I emerged from 3 days straight of playing Civ I knew that unless I did something quick, I was going to do very badly on finals (If you have played this game, you know what "just one more turn!!!" means). So I dropped some nukes on London, and then uninstalled the game and decided to never reinstall. This game series is really that good and captivating.
Forward years down the road, and I'm out of college. When Civ 3 was released, I got the bug again and decided to pick it up. At the beginning of the game, you start out with nothing but a settler to make a town, a worker to build roads and infrastructure, and maybe a warrior or a scout. The object of the game is to build from this meager beginning to a large civilization, and to compete against the other civs in the game to dominate the world. You can do so through diplomatic means, by culture, science, militarily, or a combination of all. Its up to the player to decide. You can choose from a large list of cultures, represented by a leader from their history. As you progress through time, you can build different units and construct buildings based on how advanced your civilization has become. You can use your advancement in science to better your culture, build a military to take over the world by force or defend your borders, even partake in a space race.
This game was released in 2001, and even 5 years later if I have to go somewhere on a long flight, I just bring my laptop and play Civ during the flight. Its a great way to pass the time. For a while, King of Cards and I had a multiplayer game going where we would pass the saved games back and forth via email.
This game has an almost unbelievable depth to it - as you can see at the Wikipedia entry for Civ III
. There is also a large fan base
at Civ Fanatics
There is a new version of the game, Civ IV, which recently game out and I haven't really had a chance to try yet.