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In The Seven Cities of Gold the player takes on the role of Christopher Columbus and the later Spanish conquistadors, exploring the New World (or a randomly generated map). As the player establishes forts and missions, bringing back gold to Spain, he or she would receive promotions from the Queen of Spain. The game features a large world to explore and comes up with some arcade sequences to simulate the interaction of the Natives and Spanish who did not speak the same language. The historical map accurately spreads out the Native population of the New World in 1492 and some historical situations can be simulated, such as whether to get the gold of the Aztec and Incas by trade or conquest.


The Seven Cities of Gold Apple II Off sailing the the unknown ocean
The Seven Cities of Gold PC Booter Title Screen (CGA with composite monitor)
The Seven Cities of Gold Apple II Leaving the world as you know it
The Seven Cities of Gold Commodore 64 At home you can check what you discovered so far. Right now the map is empty.

Promo Images

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The Seven Cities of Gold Magazine Advertisement
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Alternate Titles

  • "Seven Cities of Gold" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews

TeleMatch Atari 8-bit Aug, 1984 1 out of 6 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Oct, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Info Commodore 64 Sep, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1987 8.2 out of 12 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 8 out of 12 67
Your Commodore Amiga May, 1987 23 out of 40 58
Your Amiga Amiga Aug, 1988 54 out of 100 54
Popular Computing Weekly Amiga Jul 10, 1986 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars 45
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Apple version

Accoding to designer Dan Bunten, the only "full" version of the game was made for the Atari. All other ports, including the better selling Commodore version, had to compromise some of the original game aspects to make the port.


This was the first game to be classified as "edu-tainment" by EA founder Trip Hawkins.

Random generator

Includes a "world generator" if you find the Americas to be too "boring". The world is generated with the proper algorithms, including mountains, hills, rivers and such, with different levels of civilizations from simple villages to a "heart" of civilization like the Incans and Mayans.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1985 (Vol. 5.5) - Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #61 in the “150 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang and PCGamer77
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