Cheat Codes (North America & UK): Hold CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + W during game play to display a prompt. Type 2061 and press ENTER at the prompt. After that, press A then press ENTER to enable cheat mode. Activate the following cheats by entering the corresponding codes:
CHEAT FUNCTION - CHEAT CODE Money - SHIFT + M Bricks - SHIFT + Z Cannon - SHIFT + K Wood - SHIFT + H Tools - SHIFT + T
Cheat Codes (Germany): Hold CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + W during game play to display a prompt at the bottom left corner of the screen. Type 2061 and press ENTER at the prompt, then press Q (QWERTY keyboard), A (AZERTY keyboard), or ß (German keyboard) to enable cheat mode. Place the pointer over a storehouse and press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + W to display the cheat prompt again. Type one of the following codes and press ENTER, then press Q, A, or ß to place five units of the selected resource in the storehouse or keep that key held to fill that resource. Press SHIFT + K for cannons.
All campaigns: Note: This procedure requires editing a game file; creating a backup copy of the file before proceeding is recommended. With a text editor, edit the "game.dat" file in the game directory. Locate the line "Volume: -750, 0, -5??" and change it to "Volume: -750, 0, -581". Note: The "750" value may vary from game to game.
Putting men on ships: To placeyour men onto your ships, select them, hold CTRL, then select a ship. Keep CTRL held until they are on the ship.
Free traders hint: Free traders bring you tools that are necessary for early growth. Set your warehouse to buy tools when the game starts.
Saving farmland: You can save valuable farmland by relying completely on fishing huts to feed your people. Build plenty of them and make sure you can spare the carts to transport building materials.
High axation rate: You can raise your tax rate up to the maximum amount as long as you keep your citizens supplied with the luxuries they desire.
Free items: When you purchase something and your income is red or low, save the game. Load it again and you will have your money again.
$10,000 hint: Enter "Columbus" and give yourself a yellow flag to get $10,000.