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Unciv the open source remake of Civilization V is heading to Steam

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Unciv is a popular open source remake inspired directly by Civilization V. It's been around for a while now and it's finally heading to Steam. Available cross-platform for Linux, Windows and Android it's actually quite an impressive and expansive game that has been continuously upgraded for years.

It doesn't really look a whole lot like Civilization V, and the developer is clear on the GitHub you should play the originals if you want "high-res graphics, amazing soundtracks, animations etc" but if you're in the market for "a small, fast, moddable, FOSS, in-depth 4X that can still run on a potato" then Unciv might just be for you.

There's no current date for the Steam release just yet.

You can follow on Steam and GitHub.

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pb 8 Dec, 2022
Wow, first time I heard of this, but it's not too surprising, since I pretty much stopped following open source game releases after the demise of happypenguin.org a.k.a. The Linux Game Tome.
Purple Library Guy 8 Dec, 2022
It's odd . . . I tell myself I care about the gameplay, not the graphics. And I sure enjoyed the heck out of Civ II back in the day, and its graphics were pretty basic. Master of Orion I, too.

But when I tried for instance Free Orion, I found its major lack of pretty made the experience so abstract that I kind of lost immersion--I didn't have this mental/emotional feel for either my bunch or the alien bunches, so instead of playing a faction I just felt like I was moving symbols around a screen, kind of. So I wonder if I've gotten too used to Civ V eye candy to enjoy going back to a more rudimentary look.
Furyspark 8 Dec, 2022
I'm surprised I have not heard of this until just now.

I might be in the minority, but I actually prefer these simple graphics in strategy games. When I played Civ 5 years ago, I remember I was often using the tactical map for that exact purpose. The only reason I sometimes went back to the fully graphical view, was because it gave me a gameplay advantage when scouting: you could see what kind of tile was just outside the fog (grass, sea, etc.).


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da_habakuk 8 Dec, 2022
im playing unciv from the f-droid store on my android tablet... its quite nice. but on pc, i will rather play civ5 :)
Mountain Man 8 Dec, 2022
Pretty ballsy. I wonder if Firaxis is going to protest?
amatai 8 Dec, 2022
I love it so much over Civ 5. I had trouble with civ 5 mechanism being too abstract for the 3D graphics. Unciv is just perfect. Much clearer, much more readable, much faster,...
Julius 8 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Purple Library GuyIt's odd . . . I tell myself I care about the gameplay, not the graphics. And I sure enjoyed the heck out of Civ II back in the day, and its graphics were pretty basic. Master of Orion I, too.

But when I tried for instance Free Orion, I found its major lack of pretty made the experience so abstract that I kind of lost immersion--I didn't have this mental/emotional feel for either my bunch or the alien bunches, so instead of playing a faction I just felt like I was moving symbols around a screen, kind of. So I wonder if I've gotten too used to Civ V eye candy to enjoy going back to a more rudimentary look.

You might like https://www.remnantsoftheprecursors.com/ then. Pretty graphics for an open-source game, but old school MOO gameplay.
Julius 8 Dec, 2022
Quoting: pbWow, first time I heard of this, but it's not too surprising, since I pretty much stopped following open source game releases after the demise of happypenguin.org a.k.a. The Linux Game Tome.

You might be interested following our open-source games planet then: https://planet.freegamedev.net/
Purple Library Guy 8 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Julius
Quoting: Purple Library GuyIt's odd . . . I tell myself I care about the gameplay, not the graphics. And I sure enjoyed the heck out of Civ II back in the day, and its graphics were pretty basic. Master of Orion I, too.

But when I tried for instance Free Orion, I found its major lack of pretty made the experience so abstract that I kind of lost immersion--I didn't have this mental/emotional feel for either my bunch or the alien bunches, so instead of playing a faction I just felt like I was moving symbols around a screen, kind of. So I wonder if I've gotten too used to Civ V eye candy to enjoy going back to a more rudimentary look.

You might like https://www.remnantsoftheprecursors.com/ then. Pretty graphics for an open-source game, but old school MOO gameplay.
In fact I do like it.
const 9 Dec, 2022
Quoting: pbWow, first time I heard of this, but it's not too surprising, since I pretty much stopped following open source game releases after the demise of happypenguin.org a.k.a. The Linux Game Tome.

Gosh, this site was once the center of our gaming world. Had entirely forgotten about it. :(
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