Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is the third offering in the award winning Civilization IV series. A re-imagining of the classic Colonization game Sid Meier created in 1994, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is a total conversion of the Civilization IV engine into a game experience in which players will lead a European...
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2008

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May 11

Take One More Turn in Civilization VI



We’re excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Civilization franchise by announcing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, the next entry in the award-winning turn-based strategy franchise. Be sure to follow the Steam Community group here and add the game to your Steam wishlist!

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, set to launch on PC on October 21, 2016, offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will truly stand the test of time. Your story begins later this year!

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI includes:

  • EXPANSIVE EMPIRES: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
  • ACTIVE RESEARCH: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
  • DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
  • COMBINED ARMS: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units.
  • ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.
  • A CIV FOR ALL PLAYERS: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.
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About This Game

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is the third offering in the award winning Civilization IV series. A re-imagining of the classic Colonization game Sid Meier created in 1994, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is a total conversion of the Civilization IV engine into a game experience in which players will lead a European nation on their quest to colonize and thrive in the New World. Players will be challenged to guide their people from the oppressive motherland, discover a New World, negotiate, trade and fight as they acquire great power and battle for their freedom and independence.
  • Classic Game Design Rebuilt for the Modern Era: Usher forth a new generation of Sid Meier's Colonization gameplay built on the award-winning Civilization IV engine, providing the beautiful visuals, famously addictive gameplay and endless fun that are synonymous with Sid Meier strategy games.
  • Fight the Homeland and Establish a New Nation: Play as the English, Spanish, French or the Dutch and journey to a brave new world in search of freedom from your oppressive homeland.
  • Improved Diplomacy: Sustain peace and support your followers as you engage in advanced negotiations with natives, other colonists and the hostile homeland - Trade resources, gold and land as you build the foundation for a self-sufficient and powerful colony.
  • Historical Figures Provide Adaptive Gameplay: Acquire founding fathers such as John Smith, Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams who will help guide your nation to freedom based on your gameplay style.
  • Brand New Interface: Both Civilization IV fans and players new to the series will feel right at home with an interface that Firaxis has built to be accessible and easy to navigate.
  • Multiplayer Offers Endless Replay Value: Compete with friends from all over the world via the Internet and Play by Email modes or compete locally via the Hotseat and LAN modes, offering endless ways to conquer the New World.
  • Mods & Community Tools: Players will have limitless options for modifying the game to suit their needs. Firaxis will ship the game with modding tools including a map editor using XML and Python.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Video: DirectX 9.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with Shader 1.1 Support or better
    • DirectX® Version: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization DirectX(r) version (included on install)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Video: 128 MB Video Card w/ DirectX 9 support (pixel & vertex shaders)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon X1600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 8600
    • Video Memory: (VRam): 512 MB
    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
    • Media Required: DVD-ROM Drive
    • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
    • Supported Chipsets: ATI RADEON X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870 NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120
    • NOTICE: Apple original CPU’s only, CPU upgrades not supported.
    • NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
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Overall:
Very Positive (255 reviews)
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seanseidel46
2.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
thumbs up
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p.w.hedley
60.5 hrs
Posted: July 27
Engaging, interesting, enjoyable
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MedicInDisquise #TeamPyro
7.7 hrs
Posted: July 26
Very fun game! Civ 4 Col is a remake of the original Colonization. In this game, you play as the English/Dutch/Spain/French. Immedietly, it's alarming to me. No portugese, despite the fact they colonized all of SA? These limitations will become more and more obvious as it goes on.

As you build your colonies, micromanaging the cities as they grow, you need to get Food (for growth outside of immigration), and several resources. Some are useful to build with (ore, lumber), others can be compared to Civ luxuries to sell and barter with. The economy is very detailed, with resources going up and down in price back in Europe. As you countinue building, you have to fight or buy space from natives, contend with your european colonization rivals, and the Royalty overseas. They will raise taxes, demand large sums of money, and they also serve to help you out when you make bad settlement choices. (It does get annoying once you know what you're doing and the king pops up to tell you you're not settling on the coast, or in a food poor location.)

Remember what I said about limitations? Well, there is only one victory condition, which can be jarring to those who come from Civ. You need to win a war of independence. By building bells (i.e culture, which does help borders pop but cities can only use the first 6 tiles around them anyways), you get rebel sentiment. When it gets high enough, and you have enough foudning fathers, you delcare independence and fight off your respective king's forces.

All in all, a fun game, however a few things damper it. It's a short game, although with a lot of replayablily. The AI is horrible, unless you install mods. Mods act just like they do in Civ IV, and mods save the game. I reccomend TAC or AODII, which can be found at Civfanatics.
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SVK PETO
1.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
best Turn-Based Strategy series
but now its too old
play Civilization V+ instead

-its on squares
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<<<=TOLLY=>>>
1.7 hrs
Posted: July 17
good fun
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Pentalis
7.1 hrs
Posted: July 16
The game really is Civ IV: Colonization, in other words, it is neither of both. The gameplay is different than both Colonization and Civilization, and not in a good way. Combat and military units especially are different than Colonization (they operate like Civ IV units) while the economy preserves most of the original elements.

The game is like a bad mod for Civ IV; it doesn't capture the charm of either game. The only redeeming quality of this game is the graphics.

Bottom line: it's worse than the DOS game and than FreeCol, and if you want Civ IV just play Civ IV. Save your money.
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Cardigor
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 16
Sorry to say that this game don´t work for me in Win10. It crashes when trying to initialize and I have tried some of the suggested solutions from the community.
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Oberleutnant Hans Von Dienst
5.8 hrs
Posted: July 14
I bought this game/dlc so i could make a gandhi joke. it did not have gandhi 10/10 its gud
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becephalus
46.3 hrs
Posted: July 7
This is a fun game you can spend a fair amount of time with. It is worth exploring if you are into COlonization games or Civ like games. UNfrotunately the game is hamstrung a bit by some of its mechanics. The way the eventual invasion force works is a little unfortunate as it seems to punish success. Which on the one hand makes sense, and on the other hand is deeply frustrating. Similarly the way the bellls both get you bonuses and ramp up the difficulty is also fairly annoying as there is not good feedback at all on wehther this is worth it without exprimenting over multiple games, something that isn't really likely in a game that takes this long to play.

ANyway I enjoyed it, but it is ultimately a flawed game that deserved more than just a cosmetic update.
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HarleyK11
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 1
Good idea poor execution
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61 of 67 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
405.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Firaxis does something very interesting with their games... They release the game core source code, so abnegated fans can make the ultimate adjustment in the game .

Although an ok to bad game in the release, the mod TAC ("The Authentic Colonization") make this game very close to the classic Colonization game, and it seems I simply can't stop playing it...
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Sid Meiers Civilization 4: Colonization is an interesting beast to review, it's a remake
of the 1994 "sister game" to Civilization using the legendary Civilization 4 engine, but
remains different enough from Civilization 4 to feel like a overpriced expansion. I
should probably mention that I pretty much only play the fantastic mod "The Authentic
Colonization" which fixes a lot of issues with the base game and makes it more
challenging, but I'll try to keep the review on the actual base game (but the modding
community is amazing).

+Great graphics, way more detailed than Civ 4 and even Civ 5..which is kind of odd.
+Good soundtrack, not quite as great as the original (♫ Jine the calvary♫) or as good as
Civ 4 (Baba yetu~)
+The early game is way more active than Civ 4, you have to sail around the new world
looking for good land, the Natives will be angry if you settle to close to them and you
can't settle near Europeans at all, this adds a great deal of planning and strategy.
+The new leaderheads for the Europeans/Native Americans are fantastic, very well animated and full of personality and character, I personally think Cunhambebe has the best animations out of them all.
+Getting soldiers/scouts/pioneers (workers) is way more realistic, instead of training a unit, you actually have to equip a civilian with tools/horses/guns, and newly equipped soldiers will be weaker than battle hardened ones, it's a great system that really makes every military unit matter.
+Native variety is good, it features the Iroquois, Cherokee, Apache, Sioux, Aztecs, Mayans, Arawak, Incas and the Tupi, it could use more Amazonian tribes but other then that it's pretty good, some mods add way more such as the Inuits, Shuar, Comanche, Blackfoot, Shoshone etc.
+Awesome mods, my favorites are "The Authentic Colonization", "Colonization 2071" and "The age of Discovery II".

+/- The amount of Colonies is pretty small, just the English, French, Dutch and Spanish, all have two leaders but are pretty well balanced. Mods add a lot more leaders, such as Russians, Chinese, Danes, Portuguese etc.
+/- The game gets a little boring once you find great land and found a few cities and start to get a decent economy, but gets going again in the "mid-game" when Natives start to get ticked off at other colonies and start New World War 1.

-The warfare system stinks, it's like Civ 4 but with way less actual unit variety and can be very easy to sack enemy cities in the first few turns.
-All natives have the same unit type called "Braves" and use the same model, yes the Incas, Aztecs, Cherokee and ARAWAK look the same and the model they use is very generic looking, luckily most mods fix that and give really cool custom models for each Native.
-Game feels a bit rushed, especially is the "final battle" against your home country, just basically boils down to the king bum rushing your cities and you just kill a few of his soldiers and you win.
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43 of 58 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
If you played the original, you'll get right into this. It's very faithful to the old game.

Thanks, Sid Meier!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
I'm a huge fan of the original Colonization that came out in the early 90s, so my opinion is highly biased. This game follows through with so many of the things that made the original great. Choose your own European country to start from. Find a place to create a new town in the New World and survive surrounded by natives, hostile European competitors and hopefully a Revolution against your home country. This game is very difficult, if you plan to beat it that is. The trading system is great, the strategical choices make the game vastly different and overall it mostly copies a winning formula from the original game. Add to that a great graphical upgrade and an even better musical score, and you can't disappoint the old timers or the newcomers to the game. Also, you definitely can't complain about the removal of Gamespy and the addition of Steam multiplayer. This simplifies everything and it works smoothly. Thumbs up to Firaxis for upgrading all their old games, including Civilization 3 to continue being played.

There are, however, some issues. A few bugs here and there, though not game breaking, and I just found that natives really lacking in this game compared to the original game. They are there, but they are just too friendly and too easy going. The European AI does not know where to build cities, nor do they really know how to place their individual population into jobs that produce money and supplies. It just seems that the AI didn't get a revamp, nor a carbon copy from the original.

All in all though, a great classic made even more classic with this latest revision. Don't miss it!
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
132.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
This game is fantastic! It has been made with the engine of Civilization 4. I like it way better than civ4. The game tells the story of the colonization of the new world: America! You can randomize the continent as much as you want to make each game very different! The game can be challenging if you want and for those who remember the old colonization game, you will like it alot because its basically the same, but much improved in every way. The strategy is pretty deep and its of course like civilization, a civ buidling game!
There is also a fantastic mod out there that adds a crapload of new civilizations (like the russians! hahaha in america!) and a lots of twiddling with the game features to make it even more fun than the basic game already is!
This game is a 2 thumbs up!
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Truly does and doesn't felt like Civ IV. A worth of your money if you willing to mod it (its so easy though)

+ Heavily modified Civ IV and doesn't need base game to run (standalone)
+ High amount of strategy for resource and market
+ Great Colonization immersion
+ Great concept and basic gameplay
+ Using Mods make the game almost perfect

- Very poor implementation
- Lots of micromanaging
- Poor Auto AI
- Difilcuty is gameplay fairness based and not getting smarter AI based
(Note: Using mods might fix most of this problem)

Verdict: Other than mod fixable issue i said this is a great game for strategy and historian lover. If you want combination of Paradox "Victoria II" and Civ. This game is a must try.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2011
A remake of a classic, Civ IV: Colonization could be considered Civ 'Light´. It´s also really worth giving a shot.

The game has you colonizing the New World by founding settlements. These settlements are more than just dots to cover the maps with. Rather, each individual settlement is important and needs careful resource and population management. As you expand, you will have to deal with the natives and, more importantly, the royals back home. Although it´s one route you can take, you can do much more with the natives than just smash their heads in - in fact, choosing for cooperation probably provides you with a more worthwhile experience, as these are anything but Civ´s standard barbarians. As for your royals, their demands increasingly test your economy and your colonists' patience over time. This mechanic has been done so well that you really feel you have a good reason to fight when the war for independence finally rolls around -- and winning this war feels all the more rewarding for it. It also means that the pacing of the game is done really well: each stage feels meaningful, not too easy or hard and never a grind.

The game tends to be shorter than your average Civ game and can often be finished within a few hours. That makes it an ideal game for a quiet evening or a rainy afternoon. The game has also been around for quite a few years, but still looks just fine.

Highly recommended.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
399.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
Played it to death pre-Steam, am going to play it to death on Steam. Very fun and moddable. Should you ever get bored of it, you can always mod it to play the indians.
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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Vanilla game is crap. It's a strategy turn based game, with great ambience, based on the great 1994 game. It has a major flaw: a moronic AI. It only is fun for a couple hours.

Fortunately, it has a mod browser. Mods save the game, there are a few mods (TAC, R&R) that improve the core game and make it perfect, as it should have been.

Standard game: 3.5/10
With mods: 10/10
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
Not quite as good as the original 1994 version (for sale on gog at $3) but an okay modernish remake. It lacks the option to pay the king to withdraw trade embargos that were present in the original and some of the user interface got more complicated to use. But it's still a worthy game.
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