Sid Meier's Colonization

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Sid Meier's Colonization
Sid Meier's Colonization cover
Developers
MPS Labs
Publishers
Retail MicroProse
Digital Retroism
Digital Nightdive Studios
Release dates
DOS 1994
Windows 3.x May 24, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) 1995
Windows (DOSBox) May 30, 2012
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) January 24, 2013[1]
Linux (DOSBox) July 24, 2014[2]
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select
Genres 4X, TBS
Themes Historical, Europe, North America, South America
Sid Meier's Colonization guide on StrategyWiki
Sid Meier's Colonization on MobyGames
Sid Meier's Colonization on Wikipedia

Warnings

The Windows 3.x version of this game does not work on 64-bit versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Later remade as Civilization IV: Colonization.

General information

Civilization Wiki - A detailed wiki for all Civilization games and their spin offs
Colonization Fans - A fan site for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Windows 3.x
Mac OS
Publisher website
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Mac OS (Classic)
Windows <path-to-game>\MPS\COLONIZE[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Mac OS (Classic)
Windows <path-to-game>\MPS\COLONIZE\COLONY0*.SAV[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Spanish

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
WinG
[5]
DOS video modes VGA
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386SX
System memory (RAM) 565 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA-compatible
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References