Colorado is a side-view action game with adventure and trading elements, in which you must survive despite the constant threats of Indians and wildlife. The plot involves a search for a Cheyenne goldmine. The game also has many unconventional objects and weapons that can be used against your foes.
From the manual: I was canoeing quietly up the South Platte River when I suddenly heard shouts coming from the shore. I glimpsed a group of Pawnees between the trees, attacking an old Indian. I grabbed my faithful Betty, and pulled the trigger. Once again, my aim was good. The head Pawnee bit the dust. The other warriors, frightened by "the stick that spits fire" ran away immediately. I rushed over to the old man. He was a Cheyenne big chief. I noticed he was tied to the ground by a length of rope connected to a heavy wooden peg. I recognized this as a Cheyenne death ritual-an aged Indian will tie himself this way in an enemy's territory, so he may die the death of a warrior.
The man was dying. He had been wounded in three places. He held out a piece of parchment to me, and whispered in a weak voice, "Help me, I am dying, I have lived the life of a warrior, now I die like one... but also I must be buried as one to enter the Happy Hunting ground. Do this for me, and I will make you rich."
And thus a lonely trapper, armed with his trusty rifle 'Betty', a hatchet and a knife, finds himself in a hostile land, full of peril and danger awaiting him, while he tries to find Pocahontas' mine.
Apart from fighting you'll need to navigate through the wilderness, jump over obstacles, ride a canoe (and fight the natives off with the paddle), climb, find stuff and trade it... There's a lot to do, so you won't get bored. This game is a very good mixture between action and adventure genres, although the adventure part lacks some depth in the story plotline (were it not for the manual, you probably wouldn't even know what the plot was).
The graphics (you can choose either EGA or VGA mode) art very nice (especially for 1990), but there's not much music and sound. The game comes in two languages (English and German). The controls are OK once you get used to them (read the manual to learn the controls), although at first they do seem a bit complicated. Every now and again this game will save the location you are at. Unfortunately you can't save whenever you want. So in order to help you with the game, the walkthrough is included.
All in all, what can I say? It's a nicely made game that you'll enjoy playing, but it won't really fascinate you. All the good sides this game has surely put it above average games, yet it's not one of the greats. That's why I'm giving it a 4.
The second survival game after Le Fetiche Maya, Colorado casts you as feerless adventurer who must deal with the Indians and wildlife in your search for the legendary Cheyenne goldmine. In addition to standard weapons, special objects such as a ship's horn lend an extra level of atmosphere and complexity to the already novel game. It's also a much better game than Silmaril's later survival game, the awful and frustrating Robinson's Requiem.
Quote: "Colorado 1801 - On the search of the legendary Cheyenne's gold mine." Apparently there are over 100 different scenes in this game, I wouldn't be at all surprised, and I got severely lost :). This is an adventure game in which you journey all over looking for the Cheyenne goldmine. You can collect all kinds of strange objects and have an adventure and half trying to remember where you are.
You get to fight with some Indians, and the elements. You get cool weapons like axes, knives and guns. The game even ends with some coolies white water rafting ;)
I didn't get to hear any sound, but the graphics are actually really good. The game is not that old when compared to others I've played nonetheless I was still pleasantly surprised. It's your typical adventure game! Definitely give it a shot.
I really wish more games had been made about this great and interesting historical period. In Colorado you play the game as an Indian and you have to survive in the wilderness by fighting animals, other Indians and different cowboys. You only start the game with a knife but you are able to pick up other weapons and different items as well. You can also trade goods for better things and of course steal things when you get the chance.
You can walk around in the forest and every new area you enter can offer new dangers so you always have to be prepared for new dangers. You can both walk around but also sail further down the river, which of course offer a faster way of travelling. Of course this way of transport isn't safe either. Not only will there be rocks you have to avoid in the water but also enemy Indians trying to destroy your boat or hit you off your own both. And of course finally the ones standing at the ground throwing things at you. But this part of the game is actually funny as you can also hit the other boats so they die.
The controls in Colorado aren't very good and it takes a long time to get used to them since your character moves very slowly and awkward as well. It would have been a much better game is the game flooded better. But it doesn't and because of this it looks like each area is divided into small fields where you can only move to one new field at a time. It's a bit hard to explain but I'm sure you will recognize this once you actually try the game yourself. Other than that the game does have some great ideas but sadly you don't get too much info on the actual plot but I'm still sure you will the game somewhat interesting.
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