I tried to watch Terrence Malick's The New World yesterday, but as it turns out, it's just The Thin Red Line all over again, but with Indians and what not. It got me thinking of the original Colonization, and what a great game it was. There shouldn't be any need for an introduction, but if you didn't know, Colonization was a turn-based, politically incorrect expansionist game, created by strategy genre stalwarts Sid Meier and Brian Reynolds, published in 1994 by Microprose. By chance, Independent Gaming mentioned an open source project similar to FreeCiv, called FreeCol. It plays well, so buckle up and get ready to wack some natives and steal some gold, all in the name of tobacco, Christianity and the Queen.
Disclaimer: I am not a racist. I resent all colonial and imperialistic behavior.
Click here to download FreeCol for Windows, and here to download it for the Mac.