FreeCol – free turn-based strategy game

FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. The original Colonization was released in 1994 by Microprose. Colonization is heavily based on Civilization which is generally considered to be the best turn-based strategy game for the PC.

The objective of the game is to colonize the New World. You start the game in 1492 with a vessel and some colonists. The goal is to build many colonies (with the help of Europe) so that you can live off the land after a while.

Once the majority of the people are behind you, you can declare your independence. The King will then send over his forces from Europe and try to gain control over your colonies. If you survive the attack you’ve won the game.

FreeCol is written in Java. In order to run, it requires a Java Virtual Machine. FreeCol should run on any platform on which a Java Virtual Machine compatible with Sun Java 8 or higher is available.

Features include:

  • Gameplay and rules clone of Colonization.
  • Isometric map.
  • Multiplayer support.

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: The Freecol Team
License: GNU GPL

FreeCol requires at least 256 MB memory, although some systems slow down badly and require 512MB. FreeCol works best with a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 pixels. It should also be possible to play the game with a screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels, although some panels will look a bit cramped. You can play the game with an even smaller screen, but we do not support that, and some things might not work.


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