Colonization is a strategy game covering the period of colonial development in the New World from 1500A.D. to the mid-19th century (assuming your colonial empire survives that long). The player (there is no multi-player or modem play option) takes on the role of Viceroy (basically a grand overseer, much like the player’s role in Civ) and chooses from one of four nationalities to play. The computer takes control of the remaining nationalities and the Amerindians. Each of the four nationalities (Spanish, French, English, and Dutch) has their own unique advantage; for example, the Spanish have an attack bonus against native settlements whereas the French enjoy more peaceful relations with the much-beleaguered indigenous peoples. After the usual pre-game selections have been made, you will find yourself onboard a Caravel set to transport a unit of Soldiers and Pioneers to the New World. This is how each game begins.