Average Playtime: 1 hour

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization

Add to
My games
Add to
Wishlist 5
Save to

Click to rate



Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is a remake of the famous turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Colonization which was released in 1994. The game was totally remade with the Civilization IV engine. In the game player controls settlers from four European nations – Spain, England, France and Netherlands. Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization takes place in the period between 1492-1792. The game is mostly about bilding your colonies, army, declare independence from their mother country and defeat enemies who are sent by the king to destroy rebellion. There are four different colonies, four kingdoms and eight different tribes in the game. Player should manage economics, built and expand their cities and manage diplomacy in order to win. Also, there is trade mechanic, which has to be used when player has the required amount of goods which then are sent to Europe or are traded with natives for other goods or gold. Things like silver or ore can be mined in order to make tools which then can be turned into guns.

Release date
Aspyr Media
2K Games, Aspyr
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • Supported OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Video: DirectX 9.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with Shader 1.1 Support or better
  • DirectX® Version: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization DirectX(r) version (included on install)
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card
  • Hard Drive: 900 MB
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Video: 128 MB Video Card w/ DirectX 9 support (pixel & vertex shaders)
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.1
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
  • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB free disk space
  • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon X1600 Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 8600
  • Video Memory: (VRam): 512 MB
  • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires broadband connection.
  • Media Required: DVD-ROM Drive
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
  • Supported Chipsets: ATI RADEON X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870 NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120
  • NOTICE: Apple original CPU’s only, CPU upgrades not supported.
  • NOTICE: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
  • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)

System requirements for iOS

Edit the game info
Last Modified: Oct 22, 2019

Where to buy

App Store

Top contributors


2 edits


2 edits


1 edit
Sid Meier's Civilization IV PC Games Review - Video
Jun 23, 2011
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Gameplay
Sep 23, 2008
Let's Play Civilization IV Colonization: The England Saga Part 1
Dec 23, 2012
Sid Meier's Colonization #4 - War Prep
Feb 10, 2017
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Gameplay Part2
Sep 24, 2008
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Gameplay Video
Nov 7, 2008
Mark Goninon
View all videos
44,379 items
Colonization - Ya! I'm Hooked On This Game! Confirmed!
Highlight: Civilization IV: COLONIZATION England Part 1
Highlight: Civilization IV: COLONIZATION England Part 3
View all streams
7 items

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Why not recommend this title? First of all, the game, although enjoyable to play, is not as exhilarating as one might hope. The mechanics of the game are well done but the level is quite high as soon as we start to choose levels of difficulties that we usually play at Civ4. In a global way, the game ends up being vexatious: does it feel like you've done really well? Well, no, we're far from the count, we'll hardly be going to start a revolution and take the King's attacks that will come after. A King who takes a clever pleasure in raising taxes very quickly from elsewhere and who ended up asking for a mirror tax, proportional to our gold reserve. You have been saving 30 laps to buy a specialist? Bim! 2000 in taxes required without warning and without delay! 10 laps later, while you spent your wealth well? 30 "tax... Ridiculous and completely illogical... OK, the Kings of the time were not really models of logic and coherence but for the gameplay, this creates a tension that I think is useless. But the most vexatious of all is the AI completely unpredictable: while I was filming the perfect love with an indigenous tribe, they start to attack me massively without warning and to completely break my part without yelling. Especially since they had a monstrous army... Completely illogical and frustrating. In fact enough to disgust me to continue playing while I was still enjoying the fun to replay this old title handed to the taste of the day... Damage. Bye, bye colonization... I will not come back, it is certain...
Translated by
Microsoft from Swedish
I can't help but with the many reviews that are being read about this game: the game is a very thorough update of one of the top strategy games of the 90's. Everything good with the game has been maintained and improved when needed. The reason why I don't give the game five stars simply depends on the time having run out of that type of game. But if you have spent a lot of time with the original colonization and have been devoted to how badly you treat the Indians to get riches, or have become quite angry at the home country's monarch who is shoeing to the pioneers, you will be happy to look at the game modern vintage. I bet the game on a 13-inch MacBook air (1.83 GHz, 4 GB RAM) and it runs smoothly. The fan goes on after a while, but otherwise it works fine.
Translated by
Microsoft from French
No need to wait for a civilization in this game. Only the graphic engine of civilization IV was resumed to adapt an old game released in 1994! Hence the civilization IV in the title. The concept is simple, you choose a European nation and leave the conquest of America as in 1492 to the profile of the king corresponding to the chosen nation. You develop your colonies (trade, population, resources, diplomacy) until you can declare the independence of your colonies vis - vis the mother European nation. Expect then a landing of the European colonial forces in reprsaille. You will have to survive this step to win the game. This is an excellent remake of the game released in 1994. Notice to the nostalgic. So yes it lacks a good tutorial but there is an encyclopedia built into the game Force is to recognize that there is much to read for the nophytes and that it is not very catchy. But we must not take away the depth of play and the many strategic opportunities for developing colonies. This is not a wargame, it's a good management game reviewed graphically a point that's all. I love a point simply.
read more