How to Win an Economic Victory in Civilization Revolution for the Xbox 360
By M. Wade
Updated September 22, 2017
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Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution for the Xbox 360, an addictive turn-based strategy game, crowns you as the leader of one of 16 great civilizations. There are four ways to win the game: economic victory, cultural victory, domination victory, and technology victory. To win an economic victory, you must practice frugality and diplomacy to acquire 20,000 gold pieces and build the World Bank Wonder before your opponents can achieve victory.
Build multiple cities. Build a settler unit to create a new city when your capital city achieves a level three population. Settle at least five cities. Creating multiple cities early will allow you to later dedicate one or two cities solely to gold production without compromising your civilization’s ability to defend itself against attacks.
Increase production in all cities. Research technologies that will increase production in your cities, especially your gold hubs. This will ensure that you can later build larger projects, such as banks and economic Wonders to help increase your gold production. Key technologies to research in order to win an economic victory include bronze working, currency, the Code of Laws, and literacy.
Construct buildings and Wonders that increase gold production. In your gold hub cities, construct banks and markets. The bank alone will quadruple your gold production, while a market adds two gold production points. Build the Trade Fair, East India Company, and Internet Wonders in your gold hubs later to further increase gold production.
Change your government to a democracy. After constructing buildings and Wonders that will increase your gold production per turn, change your government to a democracy to benefit from a 50 percent increase in gold production.
Build the World Bank Wonder. Once you acquire 20,000 gold pieces, your advisor will notify you that you can now build the World Bank Wonder. Defend your civilization and build the Wonder in your most productive city, not necessarily your gold hubs, to decrease the amount of turns it will take to complete the construction of the Wonder. Once the World Bank is completed, you will win an economic victory.
The Spanish and Zulu civilizations receive a 50 percent increase in gold production during the Industrial era. The Aztecs begin the game with gold and will receive a 50 percent increase in gold production in the Modern era. Because your opponents’ discoveries of other technologies can render the Trade Fair and East India Company Wonders obsolete, it is best to build these Wonders as soon as they are available. The first time you win an economic victory, on any difficulty level, you will get the “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned” achievement, which rewards you with 20 gamer points.
Be prepared for a greater challenge in achieving an economic victory in the more difficult skill level games, such as Deity. Adjust your strategy to more quickly acquire 20,000 gold pieces.
M. Wade is a licensed attorney and writer. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and University of Louisville and has been published in the University of Louisville Law Review, The Brand, and Blackline. She has been a writer for Demand Studios since August 2008.