God, game resurrection from nowhere. As I was browsing SMART update at work, I decided to check in the games section just to see what was around.

I found FreeCol, a remake of Colonization in java. There’s a precompiled version on there which you should use if you don’t want to put up with the JAR. In Linux, it just works.

Turns out that Sid has been plotting to remake Colonization with the Civilization 4 engine. In fact, it’s being released this year. The news is from the Colonization Fans page, and it’s good news indeed. I always felt Civilization lacked the human element, where population itself had only so many people by so many work units by so many skills. 1701 AD answers a lot of that, but for people who want a deeper military sim, Colonization may scratch the itch. It’s also free.