Civilization 4 is free for Twitch Prime subscribers right now

Civilization 4 marked the start of a new generation of Civ games. It was the first in the series with a 3D engine, the first built from the ground-up as a multiplayer game, and the first with accessible modding. As game designer Soren Johnson told Fraser in November (opens in new tab), he wanted to "start from scratch and re-evaluate everything" about the series up to that point. It's still worth playing today, and Twitch Prime subscribers can now do just that for free for a limited time.

All you have to do is head over to the game's Twitch page (opens in new tab) (or click the 'Prime Loot' icon next to your user name) to get your free copy—you'll need to download the Twitch desktop app to actually play it. You can do that here (opens in new tab).

It's the latest in a long line of games that subscribers to the service, which is included with Amazon Prime, have received for free. Devil May Cry (opens in new tab) was on offer earlier this week, and other recent free games include Superhot (opens in new tab) and SteamWorld Heist (opens in new tab).

Alongside free games, Twitch Prime subscribers get ad-free viewing, discounts on games sold through Amazon, in-game loot (like Overwatch crates), and emotes for Twitch chat. As I've said before, I don't think it's worth the cost of entry for Amazon Prime on its own, but it definitely sweetens the deal.

To link your Amazon Prime account with Twitch Prime, go here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.