Civilization Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download The Free
Game Civilization:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instruction

Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\Civilization. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Next: Open the Games folder then the Civilization folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Civilization game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the game config
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

Abandonia: For those who downloaded the game Civilization from Abandonia copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\civilization
cd civ1

XTC Abandonware: For those who downloaded the game Civilization from XTC Abandonware copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\civilization
cd civ

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract The Civilization Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Civilization game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the game Civilization
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the Civilization game files, select "C:\Games\Civilization" . When you're done click "Next" again and the game files will begin to extract.

Zip program

Classic Strategy Gaming!:

First: Click on the Dosbox program in the Civilization directory and the game Civilization will begin. You will be asked to select a "graphics mode". Choose "VGA (256 color)" by pressing "1".

Civilization game graphics
Next: You will be asked to select a "sound mode". Choose "Adlib/Sound Blaster" by pressing "4".

Civilization game sound
Finally: Press "1" to control the game via "Mouse and Keyboard", enjoy!


The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Idlewoodarian said...

I just wanted to say how great I think your website is. I am totally lame at dosbox and your guides are clear and complete ! Seriously thanks a lot ! Now I can play Mean Streets and Warcraft, and I have seen you also made a guide for System Shock, I will finally be able to play it ! By the way, do you plan to make guides for The Elder Scrolls Arena and Daggerfall ?

civplayah said...

Thanks for this! Civilization is a lot more fun than I thought!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Idlewoodarian, I'll add those for my upcoming guides. Where did you find Daggerfall for download though?


Glenn Scrima said...

No problem civplayah enjoy the game!


Idlewoodarian said...

Actually I copied the original CD a few years ago.

Idlewoodarian said...

About Civilization... is there no music during the game ? I can hear some when there are special events (ambassadors, insurrections, discovers) but on the map there is no sound. Is that normal ?

Glenn Scrima said...

Some sound files are removed sometimes on Abandonia and other sites to keep the downloads from being large so this is likely the case. It's somewhat unfortunate but they might provide the full files as bandwidth gets cheaper for them in the future.


Anonymous said...

I know that you dont have a dosbox code up for civilization 2. But i was wondering if you had the start code that i copy into the dosbox config file.thanks

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!! I finally get it to work with the help of your website! you are so great! <3