Parents' Guide to

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

A brainy twist on the Civilization formula.

Game Windows 2008
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great Game

This game, like any building sim, starts out VERY slowly, so it's probably a better choice for older kids who may have a little more patience. I've found it very hard to win this game. I played the original "Colonization" when it first came out, and this one seems a lot harder. It is a turn-based game, so you can take your time and work out your strategies, rather than having to just run around and shoot things.

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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release date: September 22, 2008
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Tobacco Reference, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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