Playing Civilization IV on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by masscub, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. masscub macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Is there a way to play Civilization IV off the hard drive on a Mac? I put the Civilization IV folder on the hard drive but it still asks to insert the DVD. Playing this on a Macbook running 10.6.6.
  2. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    It's a real copy right? :cool:

    You could try making an image of the disk and mounting it whenever you play so you don't have to use the CD.
  3. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Don't bother, doesn't work with Civ 4. The only legal way to play Civ 4 without inserting the DVD is by using the Steam version.
  4. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    If you have a legit copy, register it with Steam, then download the no-cd version from Steam and enjoy!!!!

    Steam steam steam, in short.:D
  5. eobet macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    And if you get the anti-aliasing bugs, or mouse cursor disappearing after cmd-tabbing bugs, please write Aspyr support about it.

    Steam is alive and well, and games on that service should be the same.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It works for the original distribution copy that was shipped on disc, but the newer versions don't support it. I've got my Civ_IV .cdr image on my desktop and used to play it without a disc all the time.
  7. Princess Cake macrumors 6502

    Princess Cake

    Jan 15, 2010
    St. Louis
    I agree with getting the Steam version, it's really cheap now. I got Civ IV, Warlords, and Beyond the Sword all for under $40 dollars.
  8. Whiteacre macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2011
    There was a sale on Steam a couple weeks ago where you could get Civ IV, Warlords and Beyond the Sword for $8.
  9. dmacd214 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2011

    SInce i saw Civ IV appear in the mac app store ive been wondering if i can play it.

    I have a late '07 mb and all the specs match up except my video card. I have GMA X3100, and its not listed as a supported card.

    WIll i be able to run civ?
  10. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    You can run it (I did on a GMA 950-equipped MacBook) but it won't be pretty or quick.
  11. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
    Belgium, Europe
    I got Civ IV Complete (that's Civ IV, Warlords, BtS AND Colonization) for 10 euros (about 12 dollars) on Steam during a sale. Works like a charm...
  12. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Yeah, I got it for $7.50 over Christmas, great price, but I've only played it once :p
  13. dmacd214 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2011
    That good.. In your opinion was it worth the money? I only want it if it runs well enough to be enjoyable. i understand it wont be perfect but were you satisfied?
  14. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Depends. I ran it on a PowerBook G4 and found it playable, but, I know it ran better on a PowerBook than some of those early MacBooks.

    I'd say go for it, and, if you are really dying for better framerates it is SteamPlay compatible, so you can boot into Windows to get a few more frames per second as well.
  15. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    I bough Civ IV from Amazon when it first came out on disc for 40 dollars (early patch sucked), then went to steam to get the expansion and picked up Civ IV+Warlords+BtS+Colonization for $6.50 during 2010 december holidays. YAY!

    The old un-patched version worked rather well on my '05 iMac G5 back in the day. So I see no reason why an '07 machine cannot handle it.

    When I play the Steam version, now-a-days, on my '09 MBP, I am on near-max settings (note: turn off ANTI-ALIASING--- bug still remains) and on huge map + 19 civilizations with minimal waiting time in modern times.

    In short, yes. It should work rather well for you.:)
  16. dmacd214 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2011
    Thats great! Thanks for the responses. I know what im downloading tomorrow... :D
  17. zurichuk macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    The final 3.19 patch for Beyond the Sword, removed the CD check for a boxed copy for PC, did it not do the same for Mac?

    Love this game, unfortunately most of the excellent mods are customized dll dependent and not ported over to the Mac, so this was the sole reason for using Bootcamp for me.

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