Download Civilization V for Mac for Free, No Strings Attached

Jul 22, 2015 - 30 Comments

Civilization V for Mac, for free, yes really

Want to download Civilization V for Mac, entirely for free? For a limited time, you can get Civilization V: Campaign Edition for OS X entirely for free with basically no strings attached, thanks to a giveaway sponsored by game-maker Aspyr and MacRumors.


Never heard of the game? Well, Civilization is one of the greatest strategy game series of all time. You basically build an empire from an early prehistoric human settlement and carry forward into the modern era and far into the future, exploring a virtual globe while using diplomacy, war, and other strategies to build a civilization and conquer the world. It’s incredibly fun, very in-depth, and it’s just an absolutely brilliant game if you like strategy, building, and thinking.

OK, an awesome game for free, what’s the catch? There isn’t one… you just need an Apple ID and the Mac App Store (remember you can create an App Store account without a credit card if need be) it’s just a giveaway offered by Aspyr and MacRumors. You don’t have to enter an email address or anything, the entire free download is handled from the App Store in OS X. Sound good? It is, so here’s how to take advantage of it:

Download Civilization V Campaign Edition Free for Mac OS X, Yes Really

This giveaway is valid for a few days, but act soon if you want to be certain to get the game for free:

  1. Head on over to the MacRumors Giveaway page here
  2. Click on the big red “Get My Code” button
  3. Get the free download code for Civilization V

  4. Launch the App Store in OS X (from the  Apple menu, choose ‘App Store’)
  5. From the ‘Featured’ tab, click on ‘Redeem’ (it’s on the right-side under Quick Links section)
  6. Enter the promo code and redeem, the download of Civilization V will start immediately

Civilization V downloading for free from the Mac App Store

You can track the progress of the download under the “Purchases” tab of the App Store, it’s a tad over 5GB so it may take a while. Once it’s finished, have fun!

Civilization Mac screenshot

Civilization V mac screen shot

The game itself runs great on modern Macs, the system requirements are listed below if you want to be sure. Keep in mind that you can also redeem the App Store code and have it sit in your Apple account to download at a later date, so there’s no downside to claiming one of the codes even if you can’t run the game right now but plan on upgrading to a new Mac down the road.

Mac System Requirements for Civilization V

  • Operating System: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10.3 (Yosemite)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
  • Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 8800
  • Video Card (Intel): HD 4000
  • Video Memory (VRam): 256 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard

Civilization V mac screen shots

As you can see the system requirements are pretty light, so redeem your code, grab the game, and have fun!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Games, Mac OS X

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  1. Twain says:

    I love this series, had it on Windows many years ago, have it on my iPad, and it’s always so much fun. Looking forward to trying out the newer version on this Mac, thanks.

  2. Steve says:

    Doesn’t work. Every code it produces says it has been redeemed.

  3. Bermy says:

    Awesome! THANK YOU!! :D

  4. Mito says:

    Won’t work .

  5. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Civilization is the best strategy game series ever made. Intellectual. Complex. Classic. O fun.

  6. marcelvelky says:

    redeemed, thank you .)

  7. Gennady says:

    Where is that FEATURED buttin?
    I have charged for this game and had to fight with now to get my money back. Thank you

    • FFm says:

      This is a limited time promotional giveaway from MacRumors and Aspyr, if you bought the game you’re not going to get a refund. Fight away, nothing is going to happen.

      Sometimes grocery stores hand out free hot dogs, you can’t go demand a refund for all the hot dogs you’ve bought because of a limited time giveaway.

    • Kevin says:

      Almost a coherent sentence, almost. Something tells me you’d have a better chance at learning english than getting your money back. I’d go with the english lessons if I were you.

  8. Bummed Walrus says:

    They ran out of free giveaway codes for the time being, check back later.

  9. Rick Toomey says:

    Didn’t work for me; said the promo code was invalid. I emailed App Store to see if they’ll email me another code.

  10. Jeff Kirkland says:

    Ran out of codes on the first day? Not much of a giveaway…

  11. Wharf Xanadu says:

    I wonder if they’ll get more codes.

  12. NAR says:

    out of codes (((
    can anybody send me any code?

  13. Toro says:

    They saw how fast it was going and went:

    OOOooooh shoot, hit the breaks!

  14. Macbest says:

    Ran out of codes on the first day and always now …

  15. Jacob says:

    Just got mine! Thanks OSXD! I loved the PS3 game…This will likely be my first OS X game addiction…My iPad can finally get a break from Asphalt 8… Thanks again!

  16. b9bot says:

    There were no codes. They just want you to sign up for there junk mail.

  17. Simone says:

    No more codes available!!! Please correct the article.
    Thanks.

  18. Stefan says:

    Working for me.
    Thanks for your hint!

  19. ASA says:

    need a code please

  20. Hjrr says:

    This was the stupidest game I played for 10 minutes than I deleted it. Waste of time and energy. Good thing it it free

  21. Ben says:

    They r out of codes!

  22. bruh says:

    this looks like a scam lmao i wonder if people will see this

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