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  • strategy / turn-based / managerial
  • 49 MB
    1Mbit
    ~19 min
  • from 365 user ratings.
  • May 14, 1994
  • Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • English, French, German, Spanish.
  • MPS Labs / Tommo
  • single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • quick reference card
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Play either the French, English, Dutch, or Spanish colonial powers, each with distinct characteristics and political situations.
  • Customize your games and choose your own level of difficulty so you never play the same game twice.
  • Designed by Sid Meier, who brought you Alpha Centauri and Civilization!

Overview:

Discover the New World and fulfill your Manifest Destiny!

The New World lies before you with all its peril, promise, and infinite possibility: your colonists anxiously follow you to shore and the treasures of an entire continent await you. But beware of your enemies! Angry natives and rival powers can encroach upon your territory. You'll have to overcome your foes with superior military strategy and wily diplomacy. Only then can you launch your revolution and declare your independence.

Players control either English, French, Dutch, or Spanish colonists in the New World. This New World can be the historically accurate Americas (North and South) or a randomly generated world with varying resources and challenges. Overseeing economic, military, and political growth, you strive to establish independence from the mother country while competing with other colonies for control of the New World.

Plant a foothold in the New World and establish your independence in Sid Meier’s Colonization!

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 1GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 2GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Epic, in the truest sense

Posted on 2012-05-30 13:46:32 byproxymoron's avatarproxymoron:

Colonization is a great game: requiring stealth of thought, micromanagement, and the ability to think several moves ahead before acting.
Difficult to start with, even more difficult to master, but so, so satisfying when you get it right, and start getting your colonies self-sufficient and edge ever closer to revolution.
Wholly recommended.
Woo-hoo! Got all the way through without mentioning Civilization. *DOH*.

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A True Classic

Posted on 2012-05-30 15:10:42 byPanpiper's avatarPanpiper:

While the graphics on this game may be dated, as one would expect of many GOG games, the game mechanics behind those graphics is not at all dated. This is a very solid game that can easily satisfy you night after night. Value for money, at the price GOG has this game now, you would be hard pressed to find better.
I spent months with this game when it was first released. I haveread more gone back to it on a few occasions over the years to re-experience it. If you have not yet experienced it, and you are the sort who enjoys deep strategy games, by all means buy this game.

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Good old Microprose classic

Posted on 2012-05-30 15:37:01 bytrusteft's avatartrusteft:

I still have the floppies and the box of this somewhere. I remember the day I bought it and it's beautiful box, opening the box and looking the blue 3.44 disks, 3 IIRC. One of my all time favourite games, not just turn based strategy games. A game based on the Civilization "engine", which IMO far surpassed its parents. You begin as the head of the colonial forces of yourread more European country of choice (*out of four) and proceed to colonize the new world. Deal with the other powers and the various native American tribes. Bribe, fight, talk, trade, whatever you wish. The final goal of each game is to manage to gather enough populace support, and the economy and military to back it up, and declare independence from the nasty European royalty. When you do the Royalty will not just accept it, but send huge forces to teach you a lesson. You then need to fight, trade,etc till you gain the independence for good. How exactly you do it, it is up to you. Great graphics and music for its time, still good enough, though pixelated obviously, graphics. The music remains top notch. The game in general is IMHO perfect. Get it, I know I will get it again.
Oh, if you haven't played a Civilization game (it's possible!), perhaps you have played Gold of the Americas by SSG. I am not saying they are very similar, but if you did and liked it, you are going to love Colonization!

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