As Addictive as the Original Colonization
This review is from: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization PC Game
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.
Other Thoughts: Although billed as 'Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization', it does not require Civilization IV. It is a stand-alone game.
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