The game begins with the European discovery of the Americas
(1500) and continues until approximately the time of the American
Revolution (1800). In the beginning of the game you are given a
trading/exploration ship and a small group of colonists. You have no
knowledge of what lies ahead of your ship, so you must explore until
you find a suitable spot to lay down your first colony. As your
colonies grow larger and larger, you inevitably encounter native
populations and are confronted with competing imperial powers
from the Old World.
To be successful in Colonization, you must balance your need for
military might with your need for essentials. You must decide early
what your strategy is and pursue it relentlessly, but be flexible
enough to adjust to a changing situation. It is very important to have
a consistent policy with the natives, because your handling of
those relationships are critical. Finally, you must build a colonial
society that has the infrastructure to survive a test by fire—
the War of Independence.
Originally started in 1982 by industry legends Sid Meier and Bill Stealey, Microprose became known throughout the video game industry as a cutting edge computer game designer and publisher. Focusing primarily on high tech military and strategy simulations, the company eventually merged with Spectrum HoloByte by the 1990’s. After going through a series of further changes in ownership, the name and its legacy was wiped out by Infogrames in 2001.
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