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- Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
- Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
- Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a society
- Seamless user interface delivers multiple game play modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
- Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
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The game mechanics are very similar to AD 1701. The artwork, music, and voice work is similar. Now for the differences--which, fortunately, are mostly improvements.
In this game, you get two sets of populations, the Orient and Occident, with different needs but with some resource needs going across the populations--e.g. the Orient needs wood and tools from the Occident and the Occident needs spice, indigo, and quartz from the Orient. The person you play is from the Occident--you can't choose to play as a Occidental player yourself. As you play, you need to gain prestige with the computer player from the Orient to unlock building types for your cities in the Orient.
The higher socio-economic classes now have their basic needs fulfilled by multiple items, so there is less rioting because you fail to meet a need for a single item. That makes the population more stable. I had a few riots, but they were short lived and not too damaging. There are also ascension rights that create fixed ratios of the socio-economic classes. This fixes the problem of AD 1701 where ended up with snobby aristocrats and nobody else to be snobby to. Beggars are also added.Read more ›
Anyway, I just discovered 1701 A.D. a few months ago, and after playing that and getting hooked on it, I discovered Anno 1404 (known as Dawn of Discovery in America), and it is AMAZING.
The graphics are top notch. Every little detail is shown...it is so relaxing to just watch the hustle and bustle of the city as the citizens go about their activities. But that doesn't mean this game isn't easy...in fact, it might just be one of the hardest games I've ever played. It requires actual resource management, trading strategy, combat, EVERYTHING. I love the depth. But it never feels overwhelming, thanks to an excellent control scheme.
Really, I don't think words can do this game justice, so I advocate that you download the demo for the game, mostly to see if you enjoy the game, but also to see if your computer can run it (it should be able to...I can run it on medium and my computer is average).
Please check this game out! I can guarantee that if you like Age of Empires or SimCity, you will LOVE this game. I can't stop playing!
Now as far as the game goes it is a predictable city builder with trade and exploration. My type of game and it looks amazing. I do recommend it if you like SimCity or Age of Empires or any of those. While not quite the same as those you do get the same feel while playing. Overall this is a very good game.
TO: ALL OF THE SOFTWARE COMPAINES READING THIS.
I FOUND THIS GAME ONLINE AND DOWNLOADED IT FOR FREE AND IT WORKS WAY BETTER FOR ME THAN MOST OF THE PEOPLE REVIEWING THIS GAME ON AMAZON WHO BOUGHT IT. I WOULD BUY YOUR GAME IF IT WAS ACTUALLY MINE AFTER I BOUGHT IT, BUT WITH DRM YOU ARE REALLY JUST LEASEING IT TO ME AND I WILL NOT DO STAND FOR THAT.
P.S. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO SOFTWARE EXEC SOME GEEK OUT THERE WILL CRACK YOUR GAME AND PUT IT ONLINE FOR FREE. SO STOP ALL OF THIS CRAP AND JUST SELL ME THE GAME!!!!!
THE HONEST PIRATE ;)
In short, you're paying $50 to rent the game. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS TACTIC - don't buy this game!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very fun game to play. I have had it for many years now and would not hesitate in purchasing it again.Published 3 months ago by Ty
These type of Anno games can get very complicated once you are in-game quite aways. You have to produce products which have a long bill of materials, many of those even require... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dale C
way too busy. need a brain like a computer. too much micro managing. theres a lot to it. nice idea, very nice looking but a lot of work to the point it was not fun for me.Published on February 21, 2014 by MAG
YOU gave me a Will version of the game when I said PC I want a refund. plz contact mePublished on November 16, 2013 by jalen williams
If you like setting up trade routes and balancing production chains into the wee hours of the morning this is the game for you.Published on July 3, 2013 by Ryan Shaw
I have been looking for something like the Civ/SMAC games but a little more complex, a little less war-oriented, and this is leap in that direction.Published on May 9, 2013 by Randall A. Hollensbe
This game is challenging, but in a fun way. Although it can be a little difficult to understand all aspects of the game, there is an "Anno 1404 wiki" online (Anno 1404 is the... Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Matthew M. Tobin
If you're a fan of the older iterations of this game (1602 A.D, 1503 A.D, or 1701 A.D. as they were known in the U.S.), you'll love Dawn of Discovery. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Tom