Civilization IV: Colonization

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization cover
Firaxis Games
2K Games
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2008
OS X December, 2009
Civilization 1991
Civilization II 1996
Civilization III 2001
Civilization IV 2005
CivCity: Rome 2006
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014
Civilization VI 2016

Key points

Remake of Sid Meier's Colonization.
If you own retail version, you have to request multiplayer patch.[1]
Steam version online multiplayer has been transitioned to Steamworks.[2]

General information

Official Downloads page (patches, SDK, etc.) Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Complete Edition. Bundled with Civilization IV.
Mac App Store
Retail version owners can contact 2K Support for Steam product keys.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest retail patch is 1.01f. The Steam version is already patched.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open CivilizationIV.ini.
  3. Change NoIntroMovie from 0 to 1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\Profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Civilization IV Colonization\Saves\
macOS (OS X)
Saves can be stored anywhere; the default locations are listed above.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Speech, Ambience, Interface.
Surround sound
Up to 8.1.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
28 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
28 Non-Steam versions require a GameSpy ID.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2] Install the beta to regain access.[3]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks All versions except Steam use GameSpy services that have been shut down.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium IV 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 900 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
128 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
128 MB of VRAM
512 MB of VRAM
Supported ATI chipsets: X1600, X1900, 2400, 2600, 3870
Supported Nvidia chipsets: 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120
Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported[4]


  1. multiplayer patch request
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2K Online Server Migration from GameSpy Technology – 2K Support
  3. Direct IP and Installing Pre-Steamworks Civilization IV (Unsupported) on Steam – 2K Support
  4. Civilization IV: Colonization Steam page - last accessed on July 20, 2016