Civilization IV: Colonization

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization cover
Developers
Firaxis Games
Publishers
2K Games
Engines
Gamebryo
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2008
macOS (OS X) January 1, 2010
Reception
Metacritic 83
IGDB 77
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Themes Historical
Series Civilization, Colonization
Civilization IV: Colonization on HowLongToBeat
Civilization IV: Colonization on IGDB
Civilization IV: Colonization guide on StrategyWiki
Civilization IV: Colonization on MobyGames
Civilization IV: Colonization on Wikipedia
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Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Remake of Sid Meier's Colonization.
If you own retail version, you have to request multiplayer patch.[1]
Steam version online multiplayer has been transitioned to Steamworks.[2]

General information

Official Downloads page (patches, SDK, etc.)
Civilization Wiki - A detailed wiki for all Civilization games and their spin offs
Civilization Fanatics' Civilization IV Colonization section
Civilization Fanatics' Civilization IV Colonization Forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM (removed with patch 1.01)
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
DRM-free
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Complete Edition. Bundled with Civilization IV.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com (unavailable)
DRM-free
Windows
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Retail version owners can contact 2K Support for Steam product keys.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest retail patch is 1.01f. This removes the SecuROM 7 DRM from the game's installation, allowing for playing the game without the CD-ROM. The game can be installed with a CD-ROM backup prior to patching. The Steam version is already patched.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open CivilizationIV.ini.
  3. Change NoIntroMovie from 0 to 1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\Profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\Saves\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16810/pfx/[Note 1]
Saves can be stored anywhere; the default locations are listed above.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Speech, Ambience, Interface.
Surround sound
Up to 8.1.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.0.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Retail only, download here.
Italian
Japanese
Retail only
Polish
Retail only
Russian
Retail only
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
28 Hot seat
LAN play
28 Removed from Steam version after the Steamworks update.
Online play
28 Non-Steam versions require a GameSpy ID.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2] Install the beta to regain access.[4]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[5]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks All versions except Steam use GameSpy services that have been shut down.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.2 GHz or AMD Athlon or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
128 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870
Supported Nvidia chipsets: 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120
Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported[6]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/16810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (16810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References