Galactic Civilizations

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Galactic Civilizations
Galactic Civilizations Cover.jpg
Release date: March 26, 2003
Developer: Stardock
Publisher: Strategy First
Series: Galactic Civilizations Series
Platforms: Windows
Version: 1.4
Play Modes: Single player
Media: CD-ROM


Galactic Civilizations is a turn-based strategy computer game developed by Stardock and released in March 2003. An expansion pack entitled Altarian Prophecy was released in July 2004. A sequel, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords, was released February 21, 2006.

Guides, Hints and Cheats

Cheat Codes:

To enable the cheat keys, you must first download the free expansion pack. Once it is installed, go to options and check the cheat keys button to on, then just press the corresponding keys to get the desired result. Note that doing this will lower your score to zero.

CTRL O - add anomaly

CTRL A - adds hitpoints, move points, attack and defense points

CTRL L - assign all the worlds and resources to major races

CTRL B - battleship

CTRL U - clear fog of war

CTRL C - clone selected ship

CTRL Y - create colony ship

CTRL V - create random ship

CTRL E - decreases morality

CTRL H - heals ship, restores move points

CTRL P - increase the class of the planets in the selected star system

CTRL G - increases morality

CTRL J - make all human colonies complete their social and military projects

CTRL M - money (adds $1000)

CTRL S - research current tech (if shift key is also held, all techs except final frontier are researched)

CTRL T - teleport


The game is set in the future. Humankind has made contact with the 5 other major alien races. Space travel is risky and expensive, requiring huge jump gates which only permit travel between two specific points. Because space travel is so difficult, the galaxy remains mostly uncolonized. The humans make a great discovery—hyperdrive. It permits fast travel between any two stars. The humans share their discovery with the other five major races. All communication stops. The humans consider that sharing their discovery may have been a mistake. Now that the galaxy is open for exploration, there's going to be a rush to claim all the uncolonized worlds.


Galactic Civilizations was first developed for OS/2 in April 1993 by Brad Wardell. Although revenue from the initial OS/2 release was never paid by the fraudulent publisher[citation needed], popular support encouraged Stardock to release Shipyards, an add-on pack that allowed users to design their own starships, and this provided enough revenue to support further development, with a simplified version being sold to IBM in 1995 as Star Emperor.

Galactic Civilizations 2 was released later that year, adding several new concepts and tweaks. It was followed by another version of Shipyards (which added both the ship design feature and improved governors/AI), and an expansion pack in April 1997, before Stardock was forced to withdraw from significant OS/2 development with the loss of their market.

It is possible to run OS/2 versions of the game under emulation using Virtual PC.


Official Galactic Civilizations Homepage

See also

Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords

Galactic Civilizations
Galactic Civilizations, Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords