I ended up getting the ipod version of this game for free rather than paying for the Ipad version. However, I have seriously considered paying for the Ipad version because I like the game so much.
Civilization Revolutions really runs back to it's routes, and strongly reminds me of Civilization 2, which is arguably one of the best strategy games ever created. For those of you unfamiliar with Civilization, it is a turn based strategy game. The task is basically to build cities. Each city will produce money/production units/science/ and food. You can assign the city the task of building buildings or units, which take x amount of production units. What buildings the city has and where the city was built both effect all of the things the city produces and in what amount.
After building several cities, and researching new technology, you will build a civilization that goes from bows and arrows to Humphees and Stealth Planes. Your goal is to beat all the other civilizations by either reaching the most advanced stage of technology, taking all of the capital cities, becoming the financial empire, or growing to cultural dominance.
99% of the time, you will have a domination (capture all the city) gameplay, simply because it is more entertaining than sitting around learning technology or earning money. There are random maps generated, or set scenario's. Scenario's shake up gameplay by adding or taking away elements, such as more aggressive barbarians, faster technology learning, starting with more money, ect...
In the end, the game does not score +5 because for all of it's good things, it really is a diet coke version of civilization 2. Civ2 came out like 20 years ago, so you can understand why it's a little embarrassing to come out with a cut down version of a game produced 2 decades ago. I understand some of the needs. For example, rather than having settlers that build roads and irrigation(no longer possible to modify landscape), you can build roads in the city screen, which always go between two cities you own, so no building a road to your enemies town. But still, where they took stuff away, they should have added new things as well.
The game crashes frequently on my ipad, but then again, it is not the ipad version of the game, so I can't blame it too much. It is a great game, very fun to play if you are into strategy games, giving you hours of play, where the other strategy games out such as strategery only have a couple of minutes of play per game. Definitely worth the price if you are a fan of civilization and want it on the go.