Choicest VGM - VGM #260 - Sid Meier's Civilization - Indian Theme

Screenshot of Gandhi from Sid Meier's Civilization 1

Original soundtrack composed by: Jeffery L. Briggs

Okay, the Indian theme isn't actually one of my favourites from the Civ soundtrack but it's definitely memorable and so is the civ, thanks to the ridiculous victory I managed to pull off whilst playing the original Civilization. In the original Civilization, you have two ways of winning the game: a domination victory by destroying all your enemies or a scientific victory by being the first nation to have a spaceship reach Alpha Centauri. While India (the nation I was playing as) was in the space race, it came quite late to the party: other civilizations were already building several modules and it was only a matter of time before they launched. I considered my options. "If I want the ship to get there fast enough it has to be quite light - it has to have minimal modules", I thought to myself. "However, there is no way I'm going to be able to build enough modules in time, even for a bare-bones ship". That was when I came to the revelation of what does "bare-bones" actually mean? I soon discovered that after building only one spaceship structural module, it gave me the option to launch the ship! Sure, it had no thrusters, no solar panels, nobody living on the damn thing and it had a 0% chance of success (probably because there were no habitation modules) but hey, it's still technically a spaceship launched from Earth right? Turns out the game agreed with me as several turns later, I won the game all thanks to my piece of scrap metal that managed to find its way to Alpha Centauri. Nice.

The music was recorded through DOSBOX and consequently this is DOSBOX's emulation of OPL3 I believe, the FM synthesis sound chip used in a lot of old Soundblaster cards.

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