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Game version 1.2
Installer Works, no known problems
Game Partially-working
Patch Works, no known problems
Download patch
Demo works mostly (see issues)
Download demo
Requires no-cd patch No
Multiplayer works No
Works with Cedega version(s) 5.03, 4.3, 4.0.1, 4.0
Tested with Cedega version(s) 5.03, 4.3, 4.0.1, 4.0
Supported by TransGaming No
URLs - Official Website


  • Videos are extremly choppy and can cause the game to crash or freeze
  • Sound can also be a bit iffy
  • Demo tends to crash.
  • When calling the program it complains that it misses MSXML support from the Internet Explorer (see work-around.)
  • When you finish a game, you can't upload the results to the Metaverse.
  • You can't do quickie patches via StarDock Central and
  • There doesn't appear to be any way to get the map or scenario editors to work.


When you see an in-game video start up, it is best to tap the mouse button to skip it. The more time you spend watchinging them, the more likely the game is to freeze.

Hand edit the GalCiv configuration file. On my install, this is: ~/.cedega/GalCiv/c_drive/Program Files/Strategy First/Galactic Civilizations/Data/Prefs.ini

The file for the GalCiv Altarian Prophecy expansion pack is at: ~/.cedega/GalCiv/c_drive/Program Files/Strategy First/AltarianProphecy/Data/Prefs.ini

Under the [GameOptions] heading, I set:

  • DisableSfx=1
  • DisableMusic=1
  • HyperthreadEnhancement=0
  • ThreadedInitialLoading=0

You can avoid the MSXML complaints on AltarianProphecy by bypassing the initial menu program. Normally, it loads gcloader.exe If you change it to load GalCiv.exe you can play the game. I did this by hand editing: ~/.cedega/GalCiv/games.ini and the accompaning ~/.cedega/GalCiv/Galactic Civilizations - The Altarian Prophecy.config


Galactic Civilizations is a space based strategy game in which you are in control of humanity's destiny. As leader of United Earth, you must research new technologies, build an economy, create a powerful military force, all the while carefully balancing your political, diplomatic and trade skills. Compete against up to 35 alien civilizations for domination of the galaxy.

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