Civilization 4: Colonization - Mac

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  • Classic Game Design Rebuilt for the Modern Era: Usher forth a new generation of Sid Meier s
  • Fight the Homeland and Establish a New Nation: Play as the English, Spanish, French or the
  • Improved Diplomacy: Sustain peace and support your followers as you engage in advanced negotiations
  • Historical Figures Provide Adaptive Gameplay: Acquire founding fathers such as John Smith,
  • Brand New Interface: Both Civilization IV fans and players new to the series will feel right at home

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Platform: Mac

CIVILIZATION 4: COLONIZATION

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Platform:Mac
ASIN B002RSJ5IG
Release date December 25, 2009
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3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #32,775 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 8 x 5 x 1 inches
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I have been a huge, huge fan of Sid Meier's Civilization ever since the beginning. The original Colonization stills holds some good memories for me and this version just falls short because of the endplay.

Here are the good things about the game: Graphics look great (the engine and 3D graphics make the game much easier to enjoy compared to the original). It is still great to be producing specialized products (cigars, cloth, guns, tools) by using your specialists in the cities. Figuring out trade routes between your cities to keep raw materials flowing to your factories and then off to your port to be shipped to Europe is still as intriguing as before.

But here are the 2 downfalls of the game (one small and one huge). Unlike the other Civ games, you are almost always in your city screen. You spend almost no time outside moving units or improving tiles. One little pet peeve is that the music (which is great) does not play in the city screens. So sitting in the city screens was dull for me. I was finding myself with nothing to do for turns at a time while I was waiting for my ships to come back from Europe or waiting for something to be built/person to be trained.

All that said, I would give this expansion 4 or 5 stars if they hadn't totally messed up the play after your Revolution. One interesting thing added was writing your Constitution. You are allowed to select different improvements which allow you to for example continue selling goods in Europe or all slaves becoming freemen. But after that, the Revolution is totally impossible. The really hue gripe I have is: your King's forces are made to be impossible to defeat. And the second is that you are fighting him totally on your own (which of course with the American Revolution is totally inaccurate).
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No, this game is not EXACTLY like all the other Civ Revs. It's not supposed to be. I like it that way.

This is the game you go to when you don't quite feel CivRev-y, but still want that turn-based style. Instead of battling other nations, you're battling your own. How fast can you put together a functioning nation, with its own army and navy, while building rebel sentiment, and struggling to keep your money out of the grasp of your mother nation? It's a different goal, and it's kind of refreshing from the normal Civs.

The city format is changed here. There are fewer resources, but they all produce something else (eg, ore can make tools, tools can make guns. You need both). The actual city building screen is much more simplified than the Civ games (Since I never fully understood the ins and outs of the Civ screen, I don't think that's a bad thing). You are in direct control over your civilians and what they produce at all times, and they can still specialize to produce different things. BUT now you have to train them to do so, whether through cash, school, or living with the local natives.

The tribes you meet are many, and varied. They are your separate trade hubs from your mother nation, and a fantastic source of gold. They can be allies, or enemies. They will bargin, share, or fight for the land you settle on, if you expand into their space. They're very well thought out; there are many different tribes that were used, all with their own leaders and city names.

Battle is much more simplified. In this game, there are not 100 different kinds of units. There are 3, scouts, cannons, and soldiers (not including boat types, I think there are 5 of those). The rest are all civilians.
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I must have whittled away days playing the '94 version in college...the original was very addictive and fun.

The new one built on the Civ IV engine is good as well. They have made a few improvements to the basic game...added a few new units, colony improvements and things like the ability to have the colony generate military, exploration, and political points to help you get more founding fathers. Otherwise, it is basically the same as the 1994 version. And still just as addictive...

I don't seem to remember the "Turns Left to Declare Independence" countdown in the other one. It is a feature I wish they had left out.
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I downloaded this game a few hours ago but I wanted to get up a warning as soon as possible. The download itself was fine.

If you are running Yosemite (MAC OS), you may have some issues getting the game to open. There is a fix online that requires you to change some things within your framework and library folders. It is suggested that you back your computer up before making these adjustments. It also required me to download an app to do this.

This was my experience with it. Good luck.
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Even though I checked with Game Agent and was assured it would play, this did not work. Would not take Amazon's authentication code; Aspry recommended Steam, played once and error codes afterwards. Very disappointed. Note: the App Store will give refunds.
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I wish there was a tutorial on how to set up automatic trading between settlements. The game gets tedious. I have only been able to finish one game to completion. I could spend the time to learn ... The game just doesn't pull me in.
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