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A Basic Version Of Civilization, Running As An Excel Spreadsheet

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As part of a coding jam, s0lly decided to build a version of Civilization...a version based on the original 1991 video game, and which was made and runs inside a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.


Here’s the game in action:

As you can see, it’s really just approximating the very early days of Civilization, with a handful of early-game units and the ability to settle cities or explore a map covered in the fog of war. As such, it’s missing essential Civ stuff like diplomacy and the ability to move through the ages.


But it’s a spreadsheet, so whatever! If you want to download and try the game yourself, you can grab it here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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Luke Plunkett

Explore, expand, exploit, and Excel.