Anno: Create a New World

Dawn of Discovery

The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.

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PC / Windows
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Dawn of Discovery

Dawn of Discovery | PC

Strategy, Economic, RTS, Colonization, multiplayer, city builder

Companies responsible for Dawn of Discovery

Related Designs | game developer

Ubisoft | publisher   Official website

Dawn of Discovery release date for PC:

game language:
English

25 June 2009 | Worldwide

25 June 2009 | Europe

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 1770 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 230 players' votes.  

Anno 1404 is the fourth part of a popular economic strategy game series. The game takes you to Medieval Times (15th century), focusing on the World of Orient. You take control over a group of colonists who manage to get to the eastern coast of Asia.

The gameplay uses similar rules as the previous games in the Anno series do. In most cases the game starts on a ship, and you have to decide on which one of several available islands you want to set a camp. The key to success is constant development of your colony, which in time changes from a small village into a bustling metropolis.

The economy was based on mechanics well-known to the veterans of the series. Some of the player’s tasks are: fulfilling wishes of the colonists, creating effective production chains, meeting a demand for particular merchandise, or trading. At the same time you have to keep your funds stable, e.g. by regulating taxes.

The game offers an array of diplomatic actions. Sustaining friendly relations with the inhabitants of the uncharted lands can open a supply of oriental products, such as coffee or carpets. One of innovations in Anno 1404 is introducing influential sultans. You can get their favorable attention by constructing spectacular monuments or giving them rich gifts.

The game features several game modes, including a single player campaign, in which you get to know the story of Lord Northburgh conflicted with a villainous archbishop, who aims to take hold of the Orient. Sandbox mode is another novelty. Here, the player does not have any set objectives, but can focus on development of his colony as he sees fit. Along with progress you get various rewards. You can also send your progress to other players.

Anno 1404 works on a completely new game engine, featuring even more visual effects than before. The game is played on bigger maps, giving the player more freedom. It is also noteworthy that you can slightly modify the appearance of buildings. In contrast to previous Anno games, where buildings automatically appeared on the map, now you can watch them being constructed. Other minor changes include wind simulation and more realistic water.

Nintendo Wii
Game Anno: Create a New World (Wii) Cover
Anno: Create a New World

Anno: Create a New World | Wii

Strategy, Economic, RTS, Colonization, multiplayer, city builder

Companies responsible for Anno: Create a New World

Keen Games | game developer

Ubisoft | publisher  

Anno: Create a New World release date for Wii:

game language:
English

20 May 2009 | Worldwide

20 May 2009 | Europe PAL

17 June 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: split screen, players: 1-2

Nintendo DS
Game Anno: Create a New World (NDS) Cover
Anno: Create a New World

Anno: Create a New World | DS

Strategy, Economic, RTS, Colonization, multiplayer, city builder

Companies responsible for Anno: Create a New World

Keen Games | game developer

Ubisoft | publisher  

Anno: Create a New World release date for DS:

game language:
English

20 May 2009 | Worldwide

20 May 2009 | Europe

17 June 2009 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network, players: 1-4