Follow in Mark Zuckerberg's footsteps by playing this strategy game

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Fri August 24, 2018

Story highlights

  • Mark Zuckerberg gives the Sid Meier's Civilization franchise high praise
  • Shop the game, expansion pack (or both together in a bundle) here

As part of an ongoing series, the CNN Underscored team showcases outstanding deals you can shop right now on the CNN Store. Each week, our staff chooses a product to feature that we think you'll love. This week, we're highlighting the Sid Meier's Civilization VI game, Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion pack and the Sid Meier's Civilization VI Bundle.

Since 1991, the Sid Meier's Civilization series has been drawing in gamers and turning them into strategy-savvy emperors of their own simulated cities. The coolest part: When players begin the process of turning a small settlement into a mighty empire, they can choose whether to rule in a peaceful fashion or have their reign be one full of terror and fury. Because of that, each player's outcome is very much determined by his or her decision-making and strategic ability.

The beauty of this game (and the reason it's been popular for years) is that no two games are the same. For instance, there are five ways to win. You can "advance your civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age, by waging war, conducting diplomacy, advancing your culture, or going head to head with history's greatest leaders," the CNN Store says. By switching up strategies as you play, you'll get better and better at learning which tactics work best.

In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has praised the Civilization series publicly via Facebook. In a 2016 post, Zuckerberg said he's played the game since middle school and even credits it as being one of the reasons he chose to study engineering. With such high praise coming from a self-made billionaire, we're pretty well sold on this franchise, which has sold 35 million units worldwide.

Shop the game:

When shopping the Sid Meier franchise, there are a couple of different options to choose from. If you're new to the game, you can start by getting the Sid Meier's Civilization VI game ($23.99; store.cnn.com). This includes just the game, which can be redeemed instantly on Steam. Originally $59.99, that's a whopping 60% savings on your purchase.

If you already own Civilization VI, you can up the ante by investing in the Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion pack ($22.50; store.cnn.com). With it, you can more effectively control the fate of your empire. For instance, included features allow you to steal other cities by winning their loyalty, use the new governor system to strengthen your cities, and build advantageous new alliances — just to name a few.

To get the most bang for your buck, we'd recommend going with the Sid Meier's Civilization VI Bundle ($46.99; store.cnn.com). This includes both the game and the expansion pack. It was originally priced at $89.98, so that's a 47% markdown on this award-winning game bundle.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.