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ZOOM Sid Meier's Colonization
$19.95 (DOS) (Retail) (COLONPR)
$14.95 (DOS) (Jewel Case) (COLONPJ)

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Ratings:

4 stars from Electronic Entertainment

Sid Meier's Colonization: Create a New Nation

The New World lies before you with all its peril, promise and infinite possibility. Your colonists anxiously follow you to shore. The treasures of an entire continent await you.

Finally, the much-anticipated follow-up to Civilization is here! Sid Meier's Colonization takes you into the Colonial Era to discover, explore and colonize vast territories that promise both danger and reward.

Play one of four colonial powers as you set sail to discover the New World. Explore new lands and strategically plant your first colony. Direct its growth, manage its resources and establish lucrative trade routes. Balance economic, political and military strategy to create your own, powerful nation.

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.

Colonization, the newest strategy game from Sid Meier continues the great tradition of Civilization.

Game features:

Manage your growth, development and trade to create a powerful nation.

Play either the French, English, Dutch or Spanish colonial powers each with distinct characteristics and political situations.

Discover and explore the Americas or create your own scenario with a random map generator.

Pit your strategic skills against Colonization's advanced artificial intelligence.

Customize your games and choose your own level of difficulty so you never play the same game twice.

Same design principles and interface as award-winning Civilization, making game play easy and fun.

Requirements: IBM PC and Compatibles, 386, 486 or Pentium, 1 MB RAM, CD-ROM Drive, MSCDEX 2.1 or higher, MS-DOS 5.0, VGA Graphics, Mouse recommended, Supports AdLib, SoundBlaster, Roland, Pro Audio Spectrum Sound Cards.

Reviews:

Home PC, February 1996

"The year is 1492, and you're off to claim a piece of the New World for the European patron of your choice. In this rich simulation, you're the colonial governor making all the big decisions - which crops to plant, how to treat the indigenous people and so forth. If you need a helping hand, you'll find Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Adam Smith ready to counsel you, enhancing your political, military or economic strengths. Keep the settlers content, and you'll grow to the point where you can lead the inevitable fight for independence. If you can defend yourself and your territory, you win the game; once you defeat, say, England, you can play again as a settler from the Netherlands."

Electronic Entertainment, January 1995

"Each founding father (or mother, in the case of Pocahontas) comes with certain advantages. Magellan, for instance, gives all your naval vessels an extra movement point. Choose La Salle, and all colonies automatically acquire a stockade. You pick each founding father from one of five categories - trade, religious, exploration, political, or military. Other key individuals are the experts, who perform selected tasks with two to three times the efficiency of free colonists and indentured servants. Sound complex? It is - delightfully so for strategy gamers. And we haven't even gotten to the 16 kinds of cargo you can buy, produce, and sell or the 21 types of terrain to explore."

"That Colonization comes alive in spite of barely adequate graphics is testament to its overall quality. Its strong artificial intelligence, strategic complexity, easy configurability, and remarkable balance make Colonization a product whose challenge can't be raised."

 

 


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