A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Foolhardy strategies -- such as declaring war on every faction you run across -- usually carry with them undesirable consequences. The game can be played online or over local area networks.
Violence & Scariness
Small-scale skirmishes are infrequent, brief, and bloodless.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of Sid Meier's prolific Civilization franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Both tobacco and alcohol are referenced, but only as commodities that the settlers use to grow their fledgling economies. No characters are shown smoking or drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game about the colonization of the Americas is historically accurate and informative enough to be used as a supplementary learning tool for older kids interested in finding out more about the settling of the New World. Its bite-sized bits of information about the era's real-life figures, cultural artifacts, and philosophies aren't exactly comprehensive, but it's hard to imagine anyone walking away from the game without having learned something about the Founding Fathers' rebellion against Europe, the kind of negotiations in which they engaged with Native Americans, and the economics of the time. Unlike others in the Civilization series, this is a stand-alone title, not another expansion pack.
Is It Any Good?
You might think that Colonization sounds close enough to Civilization IV to make it easily recommendable to those people who enjoyed the latter, but there are plenty of key differences that could prove to be turn-offs. For example, players are forced to spend quite a bit of time managing non-military units, looking after settler emigration, and keeping tabs on trade missions. In other words, Colonization is a little more cerebral and not quite as action packed as some of Sid Meier's more popular simulation games. This isn't necessarily a detriment, but it's worth pointing out for those players who prefer to spend their Civilization gaming hours researching powerful new technologies and building massive armies so that they can eventually steamroll over their enemies.
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