Civilization VI releases on Android with Gathering Storm and Rise and Fall expansions and a 60-turn free demo

Civilization VI releases on Android with Gathering Storm and Rise and Fall expansions and a 60-turn free demo

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a very popular turn-based strategy game that is available on a wide variety of platforms, starting off with Microsoft Windows and macOS back in 2016, and then carrying over to Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even iOS later on. The game has now finally made its official entry onto Android through the Google Play Store. But there’s a catch — the game is not cheap if you ignore the free demo.

Civilization VI, as the name might hint, requires the player to develop a civilization from an early settlement. Winning the game can be done by achieving one of the several victory criteria, such as military domination, technological superiority, or cultural influence. Players explore for resources, establish cities, build up improvements, deploy military, research new technologies, and engage in negotiation with other AI-based leaders. At least on other platforms, the game is praised for its depth and the ability to force players to strategize on their feet.


Civilization VI’s arrival on Android comes about three years after it arrived on iOS. The iOS port was a decent touch conversion of the desktop experience, and the Android port is similar to what you can experience on iOS.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI civ 6

On Android, Civilization VI is adopting a free-to-start model. Players can try out the game for free for 60 turns, after which they can purchase the game for $19.99. Play Store suggests that the game is about 4.22GB in size, so keep that in mind if you want to experience the demo. Further, expansions and scenario packs are sold separately in-game:

  • Rise and Fall expansion – $29.99
  • Gathering Storm expansion – $39.99
  • Civilization and Scenario packs – $4.99-$8.99

If you’re keeping track of the math, the core game and two of its expansions will set you back by $90, and you’d still lack the scenario packs. That is an expensive purchase, but if you have experienced Civilization VI on other platforms, you might not find it all that unreasonable, especially since the core game is pretty fun by itself and does not necessarily need the expansions. You can easily pour in hours with just the core game. If you’re looking for something beyond the usual PUBGM, CODM, and Fortnite, this could be a decent option.

If you do not see yourself spending as much on this game, here is an open-source game with similar mechanics: Unciv (F-Droid/Google Play Store)

Story Via: IGN

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Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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