Anno 1404 (aka Dawn of Discovery)


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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
"A masterpiece"
5 stars"

Review by Shaz on 22nd July, 2009

Once again another Anno lives up to it's predecessors of the series. There is wonderful detail given to buildings, vegetation, animation and colour. The cities that you see or build are bustling with life and sound. A lot of time can be taken up by just watching the “folk” go about their business as it is so interesting.

The user interface is very easy to use. There are also quite a number of slots available where a player can put icons from within the interface of commonly used items, eg ships, buildings etc so they are readily available. The empty slots are hidden initially until an icon is dragged to the middle of the game screen. The filled slot then sits near the bottom of the screen.

Setting up Trade is a lot easier now than it was with 1701, just a couple of mouse clicks is all that is needed.

Gameplay is fun with a challenge thrown in that will keep you from getting complacent. There are heaps of buildings and other goodies that are unlocked as play progress's. The large number of produce available has a chain line where keeping up supply can be demanding but also very rewarding.

The only downside is that the manual included with the game is very thin on game play information, but there is lots of help available on the official forum.

If you enjoy building cities with an economy base and like a good solid game with excellent gameplay, I highly recommend Anno 1404.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
5 stars"

Review by Gareth on 8th July, 2009

This game combines all of my favorite old school city builders into one awesome new modern game.

The 2 games I would say are the most similar are Caeser 3/Pharoh and Settlers 2. Settlers 2 is also created by bluebyte who are one of the teams who worked on this game.

The graphics are excellent and I have not encountered any bugs. The storyline is gripping an allows for repeted playing through the use of achievements which allow you to unlock new things for your avatar and in game objects.

The only reason I stopped playing was because Overlord 2 arrived, but I have no doubt that I will return to this game in the near future.


ANNO: 1404: Dawn of Discovery takes place in 1404, when King Georges’ land is suffering from droughts and famine. Aware of the distress of his citizens, the King decides to send his two sons, William and Edward to gain new territories in order to produce enough goods to satisfy the inhabitants. Whereas Edward suggests fighting to collect the precious resources, his brother, William offers a peaceful solution proposing to explore new and unsettled lands in the south of the Kingdom. With the agreement of his father, William heads to the South and discovers the mysterious orient culture.

Set in the Orient, ANNO 1404 offers a richness of features never before seen, bringing the ANNO series to a new level. Exploring a strange and fascinating island world in the utmost East, players will get to know the culture and technology of the ancient Orient while learning the tricks of local trade, diplomacy and economy in order to build their own metropolis.

New customizable elements, dozens of embellishing objects and bigger islands and worlds will provide players with endless opportunities to express their creative vision, making all metropolises look truly unique. A new intuitive interface, as well as a motivating, fully modifiable sandbox mode will make it easy and enjoyable for everyone to play.

  • Explore & create with fun and ease
  • Explore a beautiful world, discover new places to settle and create your own realm
  • Learn from other cultures (Oriental, European…) & expand your horizons
  • All the controls are intuitive, the interface is fully adapted to the consoles’ gameplay
  • Discover how to manage cities & societies
  • Be considerate, plan wisely and learn to manage resources
  • Satisfy the needs of your citizens and care for your society
  • Enjoy friendly, peaceful family entertainment
  • Relax & build your cities in a rich and peaceful world
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June 13th, 2012
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