Not an American user?


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 DOS Conquering a new settlement
Exploration DOS Intro title screen
Exploration DOS You start the game at your homeport with one ship
Exploration DOS Title screen

Promo Images

There are no promo images for this game

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Great DOS game which will run on Win98 and maybe DOSbox Ron Guglielmo (3) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Sid Meier's Colonization, only it's broken and isn't any fun to play. PCGamer77 (3234) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Nov, 1994 81 out of 100 81
PC Joker Feb, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Gamer Sep, 1995 76 out of 100 76
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1994 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1994 73 out of 100 73
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


There are currently no topics for this game.



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)

PCGamer77 (3234) added Exploration (DOS) on Jun 03, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Xoleras (66813)