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Settle down: Civilization 6 demo available now

If you’ve been living off the grid and wiping your bum with nettles in the hope that Civilization will one day have a ‘try before you buy’ policy, today is your lucky day. The latest in the venerable strategy series, Civilization VI [official site], now has a demo.

Players who download the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI demo will be able to play as China, led by Qin Shi Huang and take their first steps building a new civilization for up to 60 turns in to the game. For those completely new to the Civilization series the demo also includes the tutorial from the full game to introduce and guide beginners to the world of Civilization.

That’s just about enough time to get to grips with some of the new features, though not enough time to really unpack your capital city and to see all the districts spilling onto the map.

I reckon it’s a cracker, Civ VI, and you can read all about my reasoning here. I’ll admit that I’ve now fallen into the waiting period for a first expansion though, which mainly involves speculating about how the diplomacy system might pack some more muscle onto its frame.

Still, if you’re hankering for some Civ, the demo will give you a good taste, and the full game has just gone on sale as well, with 20% off the base game and 25% off the digital deluxe edition.

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