It's always kind of a toss-up as to whether 2K Games will update their iOS library or not whenever that need arises. With the 32-Bit Appocalypse arriving alongside the release of iOS 11 in September, one of the victims was 2K and Firaxis' Civilization Revolution 2 [$9.99], which launched in 2014 and hadn't seen an update since mid-2015. Would this be an XCOM situation where 2K would step in to save the day or a BioShock situation where they'd stick their fingers in their ears and shout LA LA LA LA LA LA LA? Well, I'm happy to say it's the former as today a 64-bit compatibility update has arrived for Civilization Revolution 2, and as an added bonus, the game now also supports the full screen of the iPhone X!

If you're not familiar with the series, the original Civilization Revolution launched way back in 2008 and offered a more streamlined, mainstream-friendly take on Sid Meier's long-running Civilization 4X strategy game series. That first game was also released on iOS back in 2009 and translated extremely well to the touchscreen. In 2014 2K and Firaxis released this sequel originally as an iOS exclusive, though it did eventually make its way to Android and the Playstation Vita as well. The most dramatic upgrade was from the original game's sprite-based visuals to the full 3D visuals of the sequel, along with some additional scenarios and parameters to play under. It feels a BIT dated by today's standards but is still probably the most approachable 4X strategy game on iOS, and for existing owners it's very good news to see 2K supporting Civilization Revolution 2 with compatibility updates.

  • Dailon Huskey

    This gets my vote as shocker of the week
    So glad to have this game back on my phone!

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  • Matt Dahlberg

    Is it true iPhone X support? Full screen, or is there black bars on the edge?

    • Chris Masterton

      full iPhone X support. nada black bars.

  • Chris

    YES!!!!!! So pumped!

  • Milotorou

    So, Bioshock next ? 😜😜😜

  • Armand Frigon

    Did they fix the diplomacy bug? Civ fans have been complaining about this since the first Revolution game. AI civs do not acknowledge other AI civs, even if the abut each other. It ruins the whole diplomacy part of the game.

  • boydstr

    When I was reading “update and 2K” I instantly wanted to scroll all the way down to let my frustrations known about the......BioShock f**k up but it is good to know that this is still not forgotten by me and by reading the article also by others they should have a lot of reasons not to do so (update the game) but but the only valid reason to do this is because people pay for a game that has stopped working not so long after the release,by doing so they can repair some of the damage done on there name as a trustworthy publisher.

  • JosephWelke

    So... BioShock?!

    Oh, yes, it’s be nice if you could give XCOM iPhone X compatibility too.

  • HelperMonkey

    This is good news. It’s always good to see a major publisher acting responsibly.
    But, as for “probably the most approachable 4X strategy game on iOS,” I have to mention The Battle of Polytopia. I like mentioning it. I will never delete it.
    I love my full scale 4X Civilization games on PC. I love my snack sized 4X Polytopia on mobile. Civ Revolution is middle ground. I like, but don’t love.

    • M0rdresh

      I'm a bit of amazed too, that they've upgraded this one. Maybe Civilization Revolution 2 still sells to their satisfaction.

  • Buck Wheat

    hoping it goes on sale soon , bought civ rev (first one) years ago and it got abandoned

  • Ryan Sager

    I installed the update on my iPad Pro and it doesn’t process past the load screen. Any fixes out there?

    • Jared Nelson

      Heard of someone having that problem and a delete then reinstall fixed it.

  • M0rdresh

    Pleasantly surprised that they made this game compatible with the iPhone X screen, being able to enjoy it full screen is important. So I bought this game today. I hope this is a sign for continued support, maybe added content of multiplayer, we'll see.