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Colobot (Colonize with Bots) is an life forms endangering the expedition. The game takes place on the Earth, Moon, and 7 fictional planets. The main feature of the game which makes it educational is the ability of the player to program his or her robots using a programming language similar to C++ or Java.

The game has been recommended by the Polish Ministry of National Education as a teaching aid for learning the basics of algorithms and object-oriented programming.[1]

Epsitec has released the games' source code under GNU GPL v3 after being contacted by PPC[2] (Recently rebranded to ICC & TerranovaTeam[3]).


  • Plot overview 1
  • Language overview 2
  • Trivia 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

Plot overview

Life on earth is threatened by a devastating cataclysm. Mankind has to move out and search for a new home. A first expedition of only robots was sent to find another habitable planet. For reasons yet unknown, the mission was a disaster and was never to return.

With only a few robots for companions, the player must travel to planets unknown. Houston, Earth Mission Control as well as a spy satellite will transmit valuable information to the player. The player needs to build the infrastructure necessary to gather raw materials and energy supplies. You'll need to produce the weapons necessary to defend yourself. By programming your robots, you can delegate certain tasks to them, allowing you to continue your mission while your robots upkeep the base, fight off enemies, and harvest materials.

Language overview

The programming language used in Colobot is CBOT, syntactically similar to Java. Example code for a bot to find a piece of titanium ore and deliver it to a purification facility:

extern void object::FetchTitanium()
        object item; // declare variable
        item = radar(TitaniumOre); // find a piece of titanium ore
        goto(item.position); // go to the ore
        grab(); // pick up whatever is in front of the robot (presumably the ore)
        item = radar(Converter); // find the ore converter
        goto(item.position); // relocate to the converter
        drop(); // drop the piece of ore
        move(-2.5); // back up 2.5 meters to allow the converter to start processing the ore


  • TerranovaTeam (formerly PPC) was given the source code by Epsitec and has remade the game, titled Colobot: Gold Edition. They are also working on a sequel: Colobot 2.
    • The team also mentioned that they were going to publish the gold edition on Steam once there's a stable release; however, this goal has not been accomplished yet.

External links

  • Official page
  • International Colobot Community & TerranovaTeam
  • Colobot at MobyGames


  1. ^ (Polish)Educational aids - site of Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Poland
  2. ^ License
  3. ^ Rebranded Name for PPC
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