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Exploration is a strategy-simulation game set during the Age of Sail. From the time of Vasco da Gama and Columbus (the late 1400s) to the French Revolution (1789), you are put in charge of a nation's imperial destiny. This means financing voyages, assembling crews, sending out land and sea expeditions, founding colonies, and occasionally engaging other European powers for global dominance.

Exploration may seem familiar to players of Civilization, Colonization, Conquest of the New World, Gold of the Americas, and even Sid Meier's Pirates!, as they borrow from exploration and cover a similar topic.


Exploration Amiga Buying an army
Exploration DOS You start the game at your homeport with one ship
Exploration Amiga Bank manager
Exploration DOS Homeport screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Voyages of Discovery" -- European English Amiga title
  • "Exploration: A Game of Strategy and World Conquest" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Christoph Kolumbus" -- German title

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User Reviews

Sid Meier's Colonization, only it's broken and isn't any fun to play. DOS PCGamer77 (3028)

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Gamer DOS Sep, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1994 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1994 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1994 73 out of 100 73
World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Exploration was one of the first games to be released by new publisher Interactive Magic back in the fall of 1995.

It was no coincidence that this first release so closely resembled some classic MicroProse games like Pirates! or Colonization. Interactive Magic boss Wild Bill Stealey co-founded MicroProse with legendary designer Sid Meier in the early 1980s; I-Magic was his attempt to recapture that MicroProse Magic all over again.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #3 Best Strategical in 1994 (Readers' Vote)

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