6 Games Like Sid Meier's Civilization [Recommendations]


If history taught us anything it’s that running a whole kingdom is hard work. Yes you may gain the praise of your followers and countrymen but you have to deal with a job that is essentially never ends. Luckily Sid Meier gave the world the ability to run a civilization and all without having to leave your computer chair. Sid Meier’s Civilization came out in 1991, but since then, has continued to release newer version and has led to numerous developers and gaming companies to try their hands at mimicking Sid Meier’s success. Today we look at 6 Games Like Sid Meier’s Civilization.

There are many great elements of Sid Meier’s Civilization that make it such a great turn based strategy title. Not only does every title look incredible visually but the amount you can do in each continues to grow. That’s why for a game to be placed on our 6 Games Like Sid Meier’s Civilization list it needs to incorporate these same elements so players can fully feel like emperor. That’s why, after conquering many lands—all fictional—we finally figured out what titles can be on such a grand list. Now then if you’re ready to build lands and conquer worlds, scroll down below so you can find great games like Sid Meier’s Civilization.

Similar Games to Sid Meier’s Civilization

1. Tropico 5

  • System/Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media
  • Developer: Kalypso Media
  • Release Date: May 23, 2014

Have you ever wanted to run the world as an El Presidente? In Tropico 5 you get to live that life. Raise as either someone people love or raise as a dictator and instill fear in your populous. However, your choice will bring consequence as the public will react to every choice you make. Your reign could last a lifetime or be over in a blink of an eye in Tropico 5.

While the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise has allowed players to build up empires from scratch, Tropico 5 aims to be more about how you will be a ruler over the lands. Players need to make smart choices to gain power over nations and rule without issue. Developer Kalypso Media made sure to give players the real feel of what rulers will deal with if the populace hates your leadership and that makes for exciting gameplay. With beautiful graphics, simple but deep gameplay and great multiplayer play, Tropico 5 really stands as an impressive turn based strategy game like Sid Meier’s Civilization.

Tropico 5- Release Trailer (Official Trailer)

2. ANNO 2070

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Related Designs, Blue Byte
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2011

In 2070, the world seems to be at its inevitable end. The polar ice caps have finally began melting at an alarming rate causing cities to be flooded and drowned. Following the mass destruction of most major cities, the world split into three factions all of which have grand ideas for a new world order. Now it’s up to you to choose a faction to align with. Make your choice and change the world in ANNO 2070.

Sid Meier’s Civilization lets players create cities and empires, ANNO 2070 gives you the same ability but in a world that’s set in the future. What we loved about ANNO 2070 is the single player campaign which gives players so many options of how to run a new world. At first you can choose between Global Trust Inc. and or the Eden Initiative but later gain a third possible choice called the S.A.A.T. The choice is important because each faction has different ideals and thoughts on how to run the world in their way and that will alter your play style significantly. However, no matter the choice you’ll have a blast crafting new cities and reigning over them in ANNO 2070.

ANNO 2070 Complete Trailer (Official Trailer)

3. Age of Empires II HD Edition

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Developer: Ensemble Studios
  • Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

Dive into the dark ages in Age of Empires II HD Edition. Players choose five different campaigns taking on the roles of several heroes. Lead an army of religious warriors with Joan of Arc or take over the world with the ruthless Genghis Kahn. Build and shape your armies to reign over the world and see how the world could have played out under these legendary rulers. Make wise choices and see a world under your rule in Age of Empire II HD Edition.

While it may be cool to craft your own stories in games like Sid Meier’s Civilization sometimes having the ability to live the lives of others great rulers is equally fun. Thanks to Ensemble Studios we get to see historical figures at our control in Age of Empires II HD Edition. Micromanage your armies and ruling cities to see gains in both income and land. We really love the amount of detail in Age of Empires II HD Edition thanks to an impressive soundtrack and graphical detail in this HD remaster version. If you love Sid Meier’s Civilization titles but want a more story focused game, then look no further as Age of Empires II HD Edition is calling out to you.

Age of Empires II HD Edition Announcement Trailer (Official Trailer)

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4. Total War: Shogun 2

  • System/Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Segam Federal Interactive
  • Developer: The Creative Assembly
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2011

Stepping away from medieval times we now go towards feudal Japan in Total War: Shogun 2. Take control of both an army general as well as a clan leader giving you different modes of play. As a general, you must lead your faction to victory all while as a clan leader you must make smart moves to ensure your faction is happy and healthy. Choose between nine different factions such as the Date clan or Oda clan who each play differently and have different outlooks on the land. Whether you’re in battle or ruling the land, your choices matter to see a bright future for your clan’s future in Total War: Shogun 2.

Total War: Shogun 2 gives players a fresh outlook as you’re not leading knights but instead samurai and ninja. What’s also very interesting about Total War: Shogun 2 is the fact that the game shifts between two very different play styles. Sometimes you’ll be engaged in turn based gameplay—this is when you’re controlling the clan—and then other times you’ll be fighting as a general leading his troops. If you tire of the single player game you can play online with up to 8 other players in either competitive or cooperative modes of play. We love Total War: Shogun 2 and we know if you love Sid Meier’s Civilization series you’ll fall in love too.

Total War: Shogun 2-Official Launch Trailer (Official Trailer)

5. Supreme Commander

  • System/Platform: PC, Xbox 360
  • Publisher: THQ, Aspyr, 505 Games (PAL)
  • Developer: Gas Powered Games
  • Release Date: Feb 16, 2007

In the future humanity has learned the ability to travel through space at a speed unprecedented via quantum gateways. These portal like devices can be used to get from place to place quickly and efficiently leading to millions of possible applications. However, when two factions—the Cybran Nation and Aeon Illuminate—end up at each other’s throats a new war occurs. Dubbed the Infinite war three faction now fight for power over the quantum gates and their possibilities. Choose a side and delve into a futuristic war on the likes you’ve never seen in Supreme Commander.

Supreme Commander has a lot of qualities we absolutely love about the RTS genre. First the fact that you build bases with a giant robot was so amazing and truly a unique idea. Also unlike most RTS titles, Supreme Commander was playable on the Xbox 360 and played well, a rare trait of RTS titles. All too similar to the Sid Meier’s Civilization titles, players can enjoy building various structures and develop various buildings to gain tactical advantage in battle. With a lot of detail sewn into such an ambitious title we truly felt that Supreme Commander would feel right at home on our list of 6 Games Like Sid Meier’s Civilization.

6. Command & Conquer

  • System/Platform: PC, Sega Saturn, Playstation, Nintendo 64, PSN
  • Publisher: Virgin Interactive, Sega, Nintendo
  • Developer: Westwood Studios, Looking Glass Studios
  • Release Date: Aug, 1995

Wrapping our 6 Games Like Sid Meier’s Civilization list we look at the classic RTS title known as Command & Conquer. Taking place in a very different future, a strange event changes the landscape of the world forever. A strange meteorite crashes into the Earth in 1995 with a strange toxic substance that is called Tiberium. However, Tiberium has a strange power to absorb precocious metals and substances from soil making it an extremely valuable resource. As various forces both new and ancient begin to race for the resource an inevitable war begins…

While Command & Conquer may be old and there have been plenty of updates and newer titles in the series, we will always stand as saying the first Command & Conquer title is amazing. With a strong story that had live action actors playing the roles of the various faction leaders and character, Command & Conquer made players feel as if they were living a game inside a movie. In the campaign players choose one of the various factions and lived the story according to their alliances goals and had to build bases and armies to take down the opposition. While the multiplayer has been long gone we have found memories of going into skirmishes that tested our RTS skills as we battled against others. Thankfully with the single player still playable if you loved the micromanaging that Sid Meier’s Civilization titles did so well, we recommend Command & Conquer strongly.

Final Thoughts

This is why we love video games folks. Games like Sid Meier’s Civilization gives players the ability to run not just a unit or small group of warriors but run armies all while taking care of kingdoms. How the player makes decisions and what choices they make leads to either kingdoms rising or falling and we love it. As always though folks if you’re reading this it means we have come to a close with another great recommendation list. Though we here at Honey’s Anime aren’t done making more articles and lists for you beautiful readers out there so be sure to comment down below showing us some love and we will be back before you know it with more articles.

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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