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Colonization is a turn-based strategy 4x game developed and published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS, Windows 3.1, Linux and Mac. The setting is the European Colonization of the New World. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization: playable nations (European powers), resources and commodities, declaration of independence, etc.
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DOS, Windows 3.x, Linux, Mac OS
4.25 / 5.00 (177 votes)

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Colonization review

Electronic Games (1995): "Colonization is a worthy follow-up to Civilization, and Sid Meier and Micro- Prose have once again done a great job. Players will find each new level more challenging than the last and will experience hours of fascinating game play. And who knows? That history grade may get a boost, too."

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The 2008 release Civilization IV: Colonization is a Firaxis remake of the original Colonization for Microsoft Windows. It uses the upgraded Civilization IV engine and features the original gameplay, 3D graphics, an updated AI, and multiplayer support.

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Additional info about Colonization

Status: NOT abandonware
Input: keyboard, mouse
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, cd-rom
Also published for: Amiga
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  • Mark 03/07/2023 11:56
    Great game but has lots of bugs and cheating computer players. Still I prefer it more then new games, that has graphic only and no soul.
  • Jean-Paul 19/02/2023 15:07
    it's 2023, i'm 43 and i'm still playing this game on dosbox to get my fix!
  • chezus 23/11/2017 11:04
    As long as you are aware that this game has nothing to do with the actual history (slavery...), this is the best "civilization" game of all time. it's even better than its civ4-based remake, the wagon train/ship trade system is massively powerful, and you can move your pops to different cities. therefore, specialized cities are king in this game, to a much larger extent than in any civilzation out there.
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