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The Colony
Developer(s) David Alan Smith
Publisher(s) Mindscape
Designer(s) David Alan Smith
Engine FLY-BY Environment Simulator
Platform(s) Macintosh, DOS, Amiga
Release date(s) 1988 - Macintosh, DOS
1990 - Amiga
Genre(s) First-person shooter, Adventure, Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player
Media Floppy disk
System requirements No special requirements
Input methods mouse and keyboard

The Colony is a 3D first-person shooter developed by David Alan Smith in the 1980s. Published by Mindscape, it was released for Macintosh and DOS in 1988 and for the Amiga in 1990. The Macintosh version had two incarnations. One used black-and-white graphics for models with monochrome display, and the other used color graphics for later models. The other versions had only one incarnation. The DOS version was black-and-white, while the Amiga version was done in color.

Previous first-person perspective games of the era used precomputed views, such as The Sentinel, or fixed-perspective graphics, such as Phantom Slayer. The Colony was one of the first games of its kind to let the player move freely through the virtual world while rendering graphics in real time. It was also the first 3D game to let the player drive a vehicle, and according to its creator, it was also the first one to use ray casting to determine visibility.[1] However, Alternate Reality, released in 1985, had used ray casting earlier on the Atari 800.

MacWorld magazine named it "Best Adventure Game of the Year" in 1988, and in 2000, listed it as one of "The Top Ten Mac Gaming Thingies of the Last 1,000 Years."



Players take the role of a Marshal responding to a distress call from a research colony. After crash-landing on the planet, players must repair their damaged ship, investigate the colony, and eventually discover and stop an alien race plotting to take over the universe,.[2]


Instead of a 360-degree circle, The Colony used 256 "pseudo-degrees" which allowed the game engine to rotate the player's perspective using only one byte of data. Bit-map graphics were drawn using MacPaint, while 2D images such as doors, letters, and the Apple logo were crafted using the game engine.

It is interesting to note that at the time of the game's development, the standard method of programming for the Macintosh was to use an Apple Lisa. Development tools for the Macintosh did not exist when the Macintosh was initially released. David Alan Smith completed the first scenes of The Colony with a C compiler ported to the Macintosh by Softworks. Those first scenes were developed on a Macintosh with only 128KB of RAM and a single floppy disk drive. Eventually, development tools were made available on the Macintosh, allowing Mr. Smith to complete his work using the Megamax C and Lightspeed C compilers - on a Macintosh upgraded to 512KB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive.


Computer Gaming World commented favorably on the combination of both action and adventure elements, but noted the immense difficulty of the game.[2]


  1. ^ Smith, David (2005-02-12). "My Colony Memoir". Croquet. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Alan (Feb 1989), "The Colony", Computer Gaming World: 14, 56  

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


The Colony, City by the Lake, is one of the best kept secrets in the heart of North Texas - located less than 30 miles from Downtown Dallas. Best known for strikingly beautiful views of Lake Lewisville, The Colony extends 23 miles along its eastern shoreline. Residents and visitors alike immerse themselves in hundreds of acres of wildlife as they enjoy a myriad of recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking and cycling.

Get in

The Colony can be accessed by Texas State Highway 121 from the south or 380 from the north. We're also conveniently located 5 miles from the Dallas North Tollway providing you a quick 25 minute drive to Dallas Love Field Airport. In addition, Texas State Highway 121 takes you right to the Dallas Forth Worth International Airport in no time. Surrounded by Plano, Frisco, Lewisville, Carrollton, Grapevine and Denton, The Colony brings you hometown feel with big city advantages.


Visit the Memorial to Veterans of the Armed Services located within The Colony Five Star Complex. The concept of the Veteran's Memorial began in 2003, with The Colony Masonic Lodge #1451's commitment to recognize and honor all Veterans. Bricks around the cenotaph display Veterans of the past, present and future and consist of the name, rank, branch of the military, and years of service for both active personnel and honorably discharged veterans.


The sports, outdoor, and water bound enthusiast can find plenty to do in The Colony. You can take to the water on 23 miles of shoreline, choose from a selection of 23 municipal parks, or visit multiple attractions while enjoying a relaxing and scenic atmosphere in The Colony.

Play golf on two of the "finest" golf courses in Texas or visit Stewart Creek Park and MarineQuest at Hidden Cove for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, or just unwinding in a scenic lake setting.

Hawaiian Falls Water park and The Colony Aquatic Park provide family fun in the summertime in The Colony for all ages. The Aquatic Park has a deeper indoor pool, a shallow outdoor leisure lagoon and an interactive splash zone. During the school year, the Aquatic Park shifts into a major kayak location, with a full range of classes. Lap swimming, party rentals, exercise classes, youth swim clubs, SCUBA and swim classes are also part of the winter schedule.

  • The Tribute, [1]. Offers a recreation of many of the famous holes from Scotland's historic courses. If you want to play The Road Hole at St. Andrews, here's the next best thing. Located in the northern part of The Colony.


With plenty of restaurants from which to chose, The Colony brings you the best fares at great bargains.


You will find the perfect happy hour hangout after a full day of playing on the lake or stolling on the beautiful nature trails that wind through acres of wildlife.

CJ’s Restaurant & Club

McSwiggan’s Irish Pub

Nick’s Grill & Bar

Stan’s Lakeview Taphouse & Grill

Zen Bar Austin Ranch

Pat’s Pub 5204 S. Colony Blvd. The Colony, TX 75056 Phone: (972) 370-8456


Two brand new hotels, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Residence Inn, have just opened and invite you to enjoy strikingly beautiful décor, exceptional customer service and a memorable stay. Hotel accommodations include a 32-inch flat screen television, free wireless high-speed internet access, outdoor pool, fitness center and complimentary deluxe breakfast buffet. Whether you stay one night or thirty, either one of these hotels is the perfect fit

The Colony's other hotels include The Tribute, Comfort Suites and Budget Suites which are equally as accommodating.

Enjoy elegantly appointed guest suites at The Tribute for a weekend of golfing or retreating. All suites were custom designed after famous clubs in Scotland and come equipped with a flat screen television, free wireless high-speed internet access and beautiful antique furnishings.

All guests at Comfort Suites will enjoy free full hot buffet breakfast, coffee, weekday newspaper and access to wired and wireless high-speed internet, business center, indoor heated pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Budge Suites is best known for fully furnished apartment style accommodations and come with all utility bills paid, free cable television and local calls, on-site laundry facilities, maintenance services, swimming pools and full-size kitchens complete with appliances.

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