How to play Civilization on your iPad

Do you have an iPad? Because you can totally play Civ on your iPad.


JUST WAIT! I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about Civ V (and even Civ VI).

Photo Proof here:

How does this magic work?

Yes, you guys will think I’m crazy but I regularly play Civ on my iPad. (What?!). I’m also a masochist. But you can totally make it work.

There are a few options:

  • Through Nvidia’s Geforce Experience app:
  • Have a Windows PC with an Nvidia graphics card (What if you don’t have one? We’ll tackle that farther down.)
  • Make sure GeForce Experience is installed. This basically allows streaming through the same protocol that Nvidia Shield uses.
  • Install Moonlight on your iOS device (iPhone?!?!) or even an Android device. Open source app that can connect / parse Nvidia Shield streams.
  • Play Civ! (Via dragging your finger around to simulate a mouse, sometimes tedious, but it works!)

Pros: You get to play Civ on your iPad!

Cons: Kind of a pain to setup.

Through Remotr:

  • Have a Windows PC (hmm, there seems to be a pattern here).
  • Install Remotr on your PC. It should auto-detect Civ V. It doesn’t auto-detect Civ VI for me though.
  • Install Remotr on your iPad.
  • Open Remotr and play Civ!

Pros: You get to play Civ on your iPad! And it’s much easier to setup on your Windows PC, plus you aren’t tied to an Nvidia only GFX card.

Cons: The iPad app is free (good!). But whenever you disconnect from your game (or maybe something crashes), it will show you one of those cheesy popup ads that won’t let you click away for 10 seconds or so. You can optionally pay for a monthly pro subscription through an in-app purchase. Also, Remotr tries to squeeze your (probably 16:9) resolution display into the iPad’s 4:3 display. So things will look janky. Just change the resolution of Civ to 1024 x 768 and things will look good on your touch screen device. (Obviously, change it back when you get back to your real machine though).

Through Screens (I also have a Mac) or a similar VNC client.

  • Install VNC server of your choice on your Mac or Windows machine.
  • Install a VNC client of your choice on your iPad or other mobile device.
  • Open and play Civ!

Pros: You get to play Civ on your iPad!

Cons: While Civ isn’t what we think of as a graphically intense game, prepare for a bunch of jerkiness as you move the map around, delays while various modals pop up, screen tearing. But… you get to play Civ.

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