Colonial Conquest

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Colonial Conquest
Colonial Conquest.jpg
Apple II cover
Developer(s)Strategic Simulations
Publisher(s)Strategic Simulations
Designer(s)Dan Cermak
Platform(s)Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C64, Atari ST, NEC PC-9801
1987: Atari ST
1989: NEC PC-9801
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
Mode(s)Single player

Colonial Conquest is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Strategic Simulations and was released by Strategic Simulations, Inc in 1985 for Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit family and Apple II. It was ported to the Atari ST by Andromeda Software in 1987 and NEC PC-9801 in 1989.

A game titled Colonial Conquest II was released for Amiga in 1994, but is entirely unrelated to the original game by SSI.

Game mechanics[edit]

Colonial Conquest 1987 Atari ST logo.png

Based on the principles of Risk (but without dice rolling), in Colonial Conquest, the player controls armies and ship in order to take control of the world. The game matches the historical context of the Scramble for Africa and the scenario begins in the year 1880.

The player can select one of the six major powers of the time: England, Germany, France, United States, Japan, and Russia.

The land and naval forces of each country have different attack and defense values, as well as different costs: For example, Russia spends three times less money for the recruitment of its ground troops than England but in return the Russian offensive and defensive value will be much lower than that of their British counterparts.

Three scenarios are available:

  • Standard Game (None Of the Major Countries has any overseas colonies)
  • 1880: Race For The Colonies (beginning of the large-scale colonization)
  • 1914: Brink Of the War (the forces of the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance clash)


The source code of the original game was disassembled and then rewritten in high level language by an enthusiast (Kroah) from 2005 until release in 2008.[1]

A crowd-funded remake equally entitled Colonial Conquest was realized on Kickstarter by developer Argonauts Interactive and publishers Plug in Digital/Argonauts Interactive. It was released on the Steam platform on July 28, 2015 and is a complete remake of the game with updated visuals, sound-effects and music.


Overview of ratings
'Colonial Conquest'
Media Country Notes
Commodore User US 8/10[2]
Computer and Video Games US 8/10[3]
Computer Gaming World US 3,5/5[4]


  1. ^ CoConet Remake at
  2. ^ Hetherington, Tony (May 1987). "Colonial Conquest". Commodore User. p. 40.
  3. ^ "Colonial Conquest". Commodore User. October 1987.
  4. ^ "Colonial Conquest". Computer Gaming World (40). October 1990.

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