Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization is the third expansion for Civilization IV. The first two expansions for Civ 4 are Warlords and Beyond the Sword. Of these I think that Colonization is by far the most fun.
In previous Civ games there was a lot more focus on economy, people, and building up your civilization to its peek. Don’t get me wrong I love this concept it has kept me coming back for more ever since I first played the game.
What I like about Colonization is that you have a limited amount of turns (300) and you have to revolt, declare your independence and ultimately wipe out the invasion forces sent to suppress the rebellion. In 300 turns this is a lot harder then it seems.
Not being able to produce soldiers or colonists at will you really have to make every turn count for something. Also making sure all of your colonies have enough Rebel Sentiment to declare independence is a work of art.
Rebel Sentiment is a percentage you need to achieve in order to withdraw from your home country. You need a total of 50% sentiment in order to declare your independence. Thankfully this can be achieved through a number of different methods.
Once you do rebel against your home country it’s all out chaos. They send in a massive army to squash you to pieces. In order to win you have to defeat them and send them home crying like babies.
While this might sound easy with lots of units it isn’t. Your units will mostly be militia with weak fighting ability. Even if you had an army of veteran soldiers it would still be hard to match the power of the army they send. It’s not just ground troops they send either it’s a whole fleet of ships.
You will need to build ships and soldiers in order to stand a chance against this army. You’re not completely alone in the battle either. You can recruit native villages to send in braves to help you fight as well as other civilizations trying to declare their independence.
Another tool you have under your belt is Great Generals. These guys are really what you want to get your hands on. They attach to single stacks of units and give them bonus abilities and experience. These guys are probably the best way to get your troops some combat experience before the mother country comes in to exterminate you.
This game is rated E10+ by the ESRB for Alcohol and Tobacco references, Mild suggestive themes and Violence. At LiTi-4 we want to give you a heads up before you take on a game. Our review of the game for families and couples is:
Family Rating: 4/5