Sid Meier's Colonization

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Sid Meier's Colonization

DOS - 1994

Also released on: Windows 3.x - Mac - Amiga

Alt names Sid Meier's Colonization (Classic), Sid Meier's Colonization: Create A New Nation, Sid Meier's Colonization: Erschaffen Sie eine neue Nation
Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States (1994)
Germany (1996)
Belgium (1999)
Canada, Germany, Mexico, United States (2008)
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme 4X, Age of Enlightenment, Europe, Generated Levels, Historical Battle (specific/exact), Managerial, North America, South America, Trade, Turn-based, Turn-based strategy
Publisher Atari Interactive, Inc., Crucial Entertainment, MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developer MPS Labs
Perspective Top-Down
4.56 / 5 - 537 votes

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Manual available

Description of Sid Meier's Colonization

Sid Meier's Colonization, a really nice simulation game sold in 1994 for DOS, is available and ready to be played again! Also available on Windows 3.x, Mac and Amiga, time to play a historical battle (specific/exact), managerial, turn-based, trade, europe, north america, south america, 4x, generated levels, turn-based strategy and age of enlightenment video game title.

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Comments and reviews

The Pilgrim 2024-04-29 1 point

A game feature not properly explained in the manual neither any guide I have read (and I have read a lot), is that you can get an indian convert each time you attack a native village in which you have previously depolyed a mission. If the mission was set up by a Jesuit Missionary, or if you have Jean de Berbeuf, the chance of getting a forced convert is like 90% per attack, otherwise it's like 40% unless you have Gines de Sepulveda, which provides a 100%.

This game mechanic is what Spain's 50% bonus against indian villages is really for. Together with the fact that Spain always starts with a veteran soldier (even at Viceroy level), and that Spain always starts with a Jesuit Missionary in the Recruiting Pool (another undocumented feature), this means you can get a decent surge of indian converts very early on, which are very useful for new colonies because they have a +1 bonus to food production. The other three countries doesn't get the combat bonuses or the guaranteed Jesuit early on, so this strategy doesn't works so well for them (they have their own national bonuses, which are also powerful if properly applied).

Note that you doesn't need to burn the indian villages to get the converts, so you will lose no score. You can get as much as 4 or 5 converts from a village if the tribe is at least agrarian, without burning it. If you do burn it, however, you will get your missionary back.

If you follow this strategy, the natives will get annoyed at you very soon, and will burn down your missions. So you need to apply a carrot-and-stick approach, giving them free gifts after attacks to appease them (1 trade good or tool is enough, preferably to the tribe's capital).

The main drawback of this strategy is that each indian convert you get counts for the total number of colonists in America, and that will increase the cost of recruiting new colonists at the docks of Europe. This can be a problem early on, when you can get free specialists (or at least, low-cost) in the recruitment pool. Later on it's cheaper to hire specialists directly from the Royal University anyway.

Also, you will need to recruit Bartolomé de las Casas later on, as he is the only way to turn indian converts into normal colonists, who can then be taught a profession. The indian convert bonus to food production stops being useful when you begin to get Master Farmers.

Lack of documentation of this feature, togheter with the lack of documentation about Spain's real starting bonuses, is the fact why most veteran players of the game think that Spain's starting bonus is underpowered compared to the other colonial powers. It isn't.

Why the game developers designed Spain to be played this way, but failed to tell anyone about it, is lost to me. Apparently, the game designers felt it was less controversial to let people assume they designed Spain to be played as a mad indian burner and looter, instead of letting people know that Spain was designed for bullying natives into christianity at swordpoint.

But meh, we are talking about the people who made up flimsy excuses about why they didn't include Portugal as 4th colonial power, when anyone with a smigden of historical knowledge can figure out that they didn't include Portugal because they didn't want to feature slave trade in this game.

AntarianNet 2024-03-27 1 point

Do you really think I want to buy 30y old game on GoG and running it on DOSBox?
GoG is not paying a dime to DOSBox. They are thieves and vampires living from your nostalgia. Wake up and stop buying old games you already bought in the past.

Michael Goldrim 2022-10-16 1 point

All you have to do is unpack the raw data file into a binary shell and it can run on most current gen systems. No problem your welcome

Goldberg 2022-03-02 0 point

@Larry you can get amiga .adf files from other sites, Planet Emu has a lot.

larry 2021-11-01 0 point

how are we supposed to play amiga version? when mr. gog gets the license of a game, all versions get removed from anywhere and he doesn't bother sell those versions, as well!

JamesTDG 2018-08-23 -1 point

Is there a more modern copy of the game?

Rizalray 2018-02-05 4 points

Looks like we lost our old friend again :(

Anonymous 2017-11-12 3 points

AWWW... they even pulled the Amiga version!!!

Guy 2017-04-16 0 point

Ben : there's a dosbox for linux don't waste your time with wine buddy.

Ben 2017-03-14 1 point

I downloaded the game from Amazon for 1,79 and can play it in a Dosbox in Windows. However, I want to play it on my Linux laptops, too. I can play the Windows version over WINE which then starts Dosbox, but that's taking up too much ressources from my old acer D270. Therefore, I need a working DOS-Version of the game. Does anyone have one?

MadBomber 2017-02-17 0 point DOS version

Another great game I also own. To bad the download button is gone. And I had made a better cheat some years ago for this game. Sneaky sneaky.
God Bless all!

bloating face 2016-11-29 0 point

it's glorious to see how people rate the game good and find that the download disappeared.
well, if you rate it too good then they start selling it, it's pretty simple, do not rate it good even if it is the best game in the world, that way you will always have it free for download

GoGaredicks 2016-11-23 3 points

Not surprising to find GoG buying up the rights to abandonware then packaging it with Dosbox and selling it. If they didn't do that folks would be able to dowload games like this for nothing along with the free Dosbox and play them. What is slighly surprising is that GoG are a subsidiary of CD Projeckt Red, fucking shame on you guys, we expect better ethical standards from you.

LewisCowles1986 2016-09-24 5 points

This is a real shame... I own the GoG version, but it's shit and won't play so basically copyright is probably stopping me having a working version of the game. Fuck you GoG!

Cronnel 2015-11-29 0 point DOS version

What no dos version? need a copy i think i have one still in my archives.

Tamagochi 2015-07-29 1 point DOS version

I love this game!!!

Bob the Abandonware Gamer 2015-06-15 3 points DOS version

Figures that some jerkwads would "Buy" the rights to this game and sell it to keep it out of the hands of people who actually bought it when it was new. I wonder if they do actually buy the rights to old games or do they just charge for pirating software.

Minion0ne 2015-05-25 2 points DOS version

wow! So dissapointed it's unavailable for download. the new version they released is ok, but this game was always awesome! one of my favorite games before it got stolen!

Juan 2015-05-13 0 point DOS version

The best game in the world

Marius 2014-10-27 -38 points DOS version

How do I download this game?

RvonW 2014-07-23 0 point DOS version

Awesome stuff, pretty much played it since I was 9 years old...

Martijn 2014-07-03 -1 point DOS version

What a game,.. played this so much,.. so addictive.. I loved having a small island with some rivers on it..

batts 2014-05-12 0 point DOS version

what a game the old games bring back a lot of memories

WildWest 2014-04-30 -1 point DOS version

I like to know how to download free this game.

dida 2014-04-27 2 points DOS version

best game ever

tydeas 2014-04-17 1 point DOS version

i use to play colonization for over a decade.
i have own the original version in DOS but lost it in movements from house to house, it has a usefull manual with it.
Since i lost my original cd i always try to find it from internet, because i am addicted to this game, i run all the series with all the nations again ang again .
Still want to play when i have the time

Aigor 2014-03-30 1 point DOS version

One of the greatest games of all time

Love 2014-03-27 2 points DOS version

the best game

great 2014-03-08 1 point DOS version


a 2014-03-08 0 point DOS version


Sir Smith 2014-01-28 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome but kind of hard to win.

Mister X 2013-11-25 0 point DOS version

Hi guys, that is a 1994 game but there was also a win 3.1 verison, would be fine to see it on myabandonware!

For patches (eg. patch to upgrade win3.1 ver to win95/98 one)

check here:

pANe 2013-11-09 0 point DOS version


Dave 2013-10-24 0 point DOS version


euntalan 2013-09-28 0 point DOS version

im trying to install this to windows 7, but there is an error coming. Anyone can help me how to install this game at windows 7?

Thanks in advance

helico23 2013-09-21 -1 point DOS version

Does someone know where to download a version for MAC?

Fabi 2013-09-20 0 point DOS version

Hello i know the Problem of the black Screen!

Just click on the executable File named: INSTALL

then you come to a Menu where u have to try varius configurations.

For me worked this settings:
Adlib or compatible (Sound)
Sound Blaster orig.

Configure Card:
210 Hex
IRQ 15

But with this Settings i had no sound

xXxXx 2013-08-13 1 point DOS version

Microprose is no more...

pstone 2013-05-21 0 point DOS version

I cant play this game I have tried using a few different emulators the game launches into a black screen i use windows xp anyone can help ?

antares330 2013-03-22 0 point DOS version

Reply to SSSS
If you want a new version of this try free col or the one that came out with Civ 4!

BUT FOR ME, I LOVE THIS GAME! although it was put out on the same year i was Born! i love retro games :)

JesusisLord 2013-03-13 0 point DOS version

My good old time, still love this game.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-19 0 point DOS version

Sid was cranking out so many "sims" in those days everyone was expecting "Sid Meier's Trash Collecting Sim" or "Sid Meier's Bum On The Streets Sim" any day.

SSSS 2012-10-28 0 point DOS version

Still a great game! Please remake this game MICROPROSE!

Monster 2012-09-17 0 point DOS version

I love this game back in the day

Sick Mick 2012-08-27 0 point DOS version

Thank you very much for this. :D
Playing this game again is like meeting an old friend.

Collock 2012-04-21 0 point DOS version

Better than the remake done a few years ago as a standalone on the Civ Iv engine to me other than Alpah Centaury this is still the most fund Sid Meier game to replay.

Licurg 2012-04-12 0 point DOS version

Amazing game, still fun to play.

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ManualEnglish version 2 MB (DOS)

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Windows 3.x



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