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Game #3711
Colonial Conquest   Collection: Non-PC Underdogs
War   Strategic scope

Rating: 9.03 (87 votes)

Colonial Conquest box cover

Colonial Conquest screenshot
One of the earliest accessible wargames, Colonial Conquest from Dan Cermak/SSI is a fun strategic simulation of 19th Century Europe attempting to dominate the globe. Released for most 8-bit computers at the time including Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari ST, the game unfortunately never came out for the PC.

In veteran reviewer M. E. Brook's words, "...this was a very playable, albeit ahistorical, game. Supply and logistics are non-existent, and some strange results occurred (e.g., Japan invading Africa with 1,000,000 troops), but as a light diversion, it could be fun." If you’re looking for a realistic political simulation like Balance of Power, Colonial Conquest will surely disappoint. But if you’re looking for a more involved and sophisticated version of Risk, then look no further than this fun underdog – one of the first wargames I really liked on our old Apple II back in 1985. Two thumbs up!

Note: This download is version 1.1 for Atari ST - the final version of the game ever released (1987). The emulator takes some set-up to work, though, so you might want to check the excellent fansite below for other versions of the game instead.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Dan Cermak
Developer: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Publisher: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Theme: Historical, Political
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Atari ST
Where to get it:
Related Links: Colonial Conquest fansite
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Balance of Power (1985 edition), Command HQ, Lords of Conquest

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