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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization PC Game

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  • Take2 Interactive
  • E10+ - Everyone 10+
  • Genre Strategy

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  • Robert G.
  • 10/3/2008 11:02:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAs Addictive as the Original Colonization

Pros: I am a fan of go-at-my-own-pace strategy games. I found the original release of Sid Meier's Colonization (on 3 little floppy disks!) magically addictive, and though the original graphics were quite primitive by today's expectations, its game-play continues to be addictive. This new incarnation retains nearly all of the original's charm and addictive qualities. The AI is now much improved, and substantial task automation is available. 'Founding Fathers' are more numerous, more helpful, and differ, depending on the player's approach to the game (exploration vs. commerce vs. diplomacy vs. military action, etc.). I give the new graphics an A+. If you wander too far from civilization, the background music fades away, and you are left with the ambient sounds of chirping forest birds or the susserations of arctic winds. Zooming the map interface reveals the 3D nature of the terrain, and multiple display toggles show or hide a half-dozen different categories of geographic content.

Cons: Surprisingly, the on-line documentation is not as extensive (on game-play questions) as the original. The main map interface requires some care in mouse positioning, since the screen will rapidly auto-scroll whenever the mouse cursor approaches any edge of the screen. Although the new music is of truly lovely quality, with a sometimes haunting selection of melodies, I have to confess that I miss some of the colonial-era midi folk tunes that dominated the original. All-in-all, the new user interface became intuitive after a few hours of play. The in-town interface, though providing substantially more info and options than the original, is more arcane.

In the original, ships that entered a port city would vanish into the simple depiction of the city. In the new rendition, a credible ship sloshes through the surf and right into the center of a 3D town. When a ship embarks, it makes a sudden (I'm sure, quite illegal) U-turn in mid-town, before it returns the bossom of the sea.

Other Thoughts: Although billed as 'Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization', it does not require Civilization IV. It is a stand-alone game.

I'm running this well on a P4 1.5GHz notebook with 2GB RAM, and Radeon X300 GPU (64MB RAM). The published specs set P4 1.2GHz/512MB/64MB as a minimum. Widely available at under $30, this is a wonderful game for players who don't wish to spend a fortune upgrading their 'game' computer's CPU, RAM and GPU.

Although it has been criticized for omitting Portugal as a major colonial power, and entirely side-stepping the ugly reality of slavery, it does offer the would-be conquistador the choice of either collaborating with or exterminating the indiginous inhabitants.

It installs no Spore-like spyware or DRM on your system. It is capable of single player or multi-player gameplay via hotseat (take turns at the same computer), email, LAN or Internet connectivity.

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