I played computer Civilization from its first incarnation and, while the series continued to evolve and expand (Civilization IV is a still a very popular PC title, with expansion packs and fervent fans), I frankly lost the will to play its lengthy scenarios. Trying a nearly completed build of Civilization Revolution on the Xbox 360 rekindled my enthusiasm for the franchise. And while the 360 and PS3 versions have the visual splendor, I'm particularly excited about an unlikely third choice – the Nintendo DS. The interface is spartan and the graphics less impressive, but the complete game fits into that pocket-sized device – same rules, same strategy, same artificial intelligence, same addictive challenge. Creating a satisfying full-size console version of Civilization is indisputably impressive, but squeezing the historical arc of human achievement into an 8-ounce device may be an even bigger achievement.