Reviews for Anno 1404: Gold

94

A brilliant economic sim/city building game

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

Anno 1404: Gold is a fantastic game. It's an economic building/strategy game, focusing on building on islands, transporting goods between them in order to meet the needs of your people so they advance and demand greater and greater treasures. There is also some combat, and whilst the ship is OK, the ground based combat is relatively weak, and certainly not it's strength.

It's main strength is its depth, with a large number of building and goods you need to manage in order to keep your people happy you'll be busy sorting trade routes and adjusting production in order to get the balance just right. There are a wide range of missions with varying degrees of difficulty, or you can just play on a continuous game to see how far you can get, how big you can build your cities.

The gold version adds multiplayer, which is a brilliant addition, allowing for up to 4 players to play on the same map together over the internet, meaning me and my brother have managed to play this whilst I'm at uni and he's at home.

If you've not played any Anno games before then this is a good starting point, if the period doesn't appeal to you then maybe the sequel Anno 2070 will :)

89

One of the best economic simulator

Kaspeyskis | Dec. 26, 2013 | See all Kaspeyskis's reviews »

Anno 1404 is complex game at the beginning. When you get use to it it's complexity is not an issue. Type of building single region is the same all the time principles. Anything can change you region is land scale or form. Practically as in all city building games learn the fastest way to get money and do it faster than others. Game is an excellent presentation and graphic. easy to understand missions and menu overlay. Game runs ideal with no problems. Enemies are easy to defeat if you are ready for them.

85

Very deep game

Arvel | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all Arvel's reviews »

This game is very deep and complete. Basically, it put you in charge of developping you own commercial nation and colonizing several islands to sustain your growth. The game mechanisms are rather simple but numerous and the campaign, albeit not very original, is a good way to discover them while having fun, but it takes a great time to master all the various tricks required to have happy citizens across the world.

The bulk of the game isn't really the campaign, but the sandbox part of the game, where you can truly build the world of your dream without any interference. There you can populate the whole map with your citizens and build a trade empire. I put an emphasis on the trade because, even if there is a combat part in Anno 1404, it is not really good and I prefer to avoid it.

So, in a nutshell, if you like to build you own cities and watch it grow, this game is for you (along with every other Anno game).

96

Best game in the series

darkyhbk | July 15, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

The Anno series have never really failed, but they achieved their best with Anno 1404, a magnificent historical city builder which stays true to their formula. It is bigger, better and even more addictive than the previous games, which is a marvel in itself. The gameplay hasn't suffered from simplification, it has the same complexity which is both intuitive and difficult to master. The story isn't much, but it's a lot better than having a bunch of unrelated scenarios, as Anno 1701 did. The graphics are breathtaking, while the music is also superbly chosen and very fitting.

90

Probably the best building/economy management game ever

sectR | June 26, 2013 | See all sectR's reviews »

After the dissapointment with the new Simcity, I was longing for a more expansive and wide building/economy management game. After countless searches, my eyes fell upon Anno 1404.

A friend and I booted it up in a multiplayer game and started discovering, exploring and building in a grand new world. Suddenly the game does a notification after 2 hours of intense gaming asking "Isn't it time to take a break?". We laugh and keep on playing. Same notification came up again after 4 hours of gameplay. All in all, this game works great - it's slow paced which means it's very parent friendly, and a game seems like it can easily last up to 15 hours a game.

90

Hours of fun

Bbozmen | June 20, 2013 | See all Bbozmen's reviews »

Anno 1404 is a great game to play not only singleplayer but also on multiplayer mode. The concept starts very basic but becomes harder the longer you are in the game. You'll need to gather different items for your citizens which requires you to expand to other islands, settle near the orient and/or work together with a friend. I've played away hours with this game and you'll find yourself playing this for a couple of hours in a single sitting. It's definitely a must have if you enjoy this genre.

The only downside for me was the combat system which is pretty lame. But oh well, I hardly use it anyways, it's more fun just creating cities and trying to expand as much as possible.

88

Great City Building Game

jackyboi1014 | June 20, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »

If you are a fan of SimCity type of games then Dawn of Discovery (sometimes called Anno:1404) is definitely something to buy. The strongest focus of this game is on building your city and establishing a strong economy by acquiring raw resources and using them to produce goods that your citizens need in order to advance.

The game is fun enough with just building a massive city builder, but the added ability to engage in military combat is icing on the cake. The combat doesn't involve much strategy, large numbers usually win. The biggest downside to this game is the gigantic learning curve. The manual is of almost no help. You MUST be patient if you want to enjoy this game to the fullest. You must take the time to play around and learn how everything works by experimenting.

You can also go to forums on sites such as www.annofans.com and get help there from other players. Bear in mind, if you just want a simple resource-gathering RTS game that focuses almost entirely on building military units and fighting (such as Age of Empires) then this is not your type of game. Play the demo, and remember: Be patient with this game! It's fun once you give it a chance and learn how to play!

90

Great time eater

Demilisz | June 20, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

Anno 1404 is great. This game makes you hook up at the very start and will keep till you finish it. There is a campaign with nice, though not original, plot, skirmish maps where you compete with AI and a lot of in game achievements to accomplish. The originnal Anno 1404 doesn't have multiplayer, but it is fixed with Venice add-on (probably the best feature this expansion brings).

Game is basically about finding and colonizing a islands scatter around the map. The trick is - to make our citizens happy and allow city to expand we need a lot of different goods and there is no island that provides everything (for example - islands has different soils and so different plants grow on them). So with time we need to find and colonize lands that allow us to gather or produced things needed the most right now.

For city and empire builder fans - this game, and series as a whole, is must have.

89

Awesome game

oginer | Nov. 9, 2012 | See all oginer's reviews »

This game is just amazing. If you like city build games, don't think twice about it. The game play is very deep, it has very good graphics, and you'll play it for months. A must for any Anno fan.

The worst thing is probably the military, but that's been the weak spot on all Anno games. Where it really shines is in building all the stuff to produce the goods needed by your citizens, which usually involves some complex production chains (in latter stages of the game, even having to move your materials between islands, because one island produces something that another island needs to produce something else). Of course al island trading can be set up automatically creating trading routes so you don't have to manually move your materials between islands.

85

Deep and amazing simulation

panz3r88 | Sept. 1, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Anno 1404 is a very good city builder where you must manage in the best way a city of the Middle Age. In the game there are two different kind of civilizations, the occidental and the oriental civilization, each one with it's specific needs and buildings The game is quite complex because there are many parameter to manage: in general you start from a small city with a few inhabitants and after some hour of gameplay you arrive to manage an empire with many big cities. When your town becomes bigger new buildings are available and you can use them to satisfy the needs of the citizens, that require more resources to be happy. In general the map consist of many island, so if you want to mantain your economy you must explore the map to find islands with new resources and estabilish commercial routes If you are not expert with this type of game the single player campaign is a good starting point: it has a good story and it can be considered like a huge tutorial where all aspects of the game are shown. There is also the free game mode where you can set all possible variables of the game as you want. If you want to try some hard challenges, there are some scenarios with very hard objectives you can achieve after many hour of gameplay

91

Anno 1404

1dayscandal | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all 1dayscandal's reviews »

When I saw this title i thought to myself "Another Anno title?" Oh jolly! As with most of the previous Anno titles this game did not disappoint. It had spectacular graphics, as well as very challenging opponents that will force you to keep up and employ different strategies each time you play and as well as randomly generated worlds this accounts for a great re-playability value. The game's Characters seem as and feel as if they were your best friends or arch enemy depending on how you negotiate with them. However, in my opinion the military factor of the game wasn't as much of interest to as the newly introduced method of creating and controlling your armies is very interesting it just does not level up with the rest of this game. So if you are an avid city builder or you're a fan of the series then Anno 1404 is a must have for you!

90

A great city builder

Khalan | June 30, 2011 | See all Khalan's reviews »

Great graphics in this one, as well as a nicely varied gameplay experience. Each map contains a number of islands, each of which is large enough for a town or a city. However each island only has access to a number of goods natively - this is where trading comes in.

You can amass a number of ships for trade and combat, and control them yourself or set up automatic trade routes through an easy to use interface. Trading goods between your islands will be necessary for them to grow and expand. Your citizens upgrade their buildings with access to new goods, making even more buildings available for use.

Pirates and free traders also roam, as well as other civilization leaders, whom you can also trade with. There is also the eastern civilization, based on India - they have many goods your upper class citizens will enjoy, and you can also build your own eastern cities on the southern islands.

Getting all of your islands working together is an involving and enjoyable challenge. Quests are also available, both from leaders in the game and your own monarch, giving you plenty of goals to work towards. Sandbox play is also available.

All in all, a great game that you'll spend many hours with.

87

Great game

pngohuy | June 30, 2011 | See all pngohuy's reviews »

This is is a city-building game and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements. The gameplay is not difficult : I have to colonize islands, plan settlements, set up factories and farms to meet their citizens needs, enter diplomatic relationships with AI players, protect my cities from outside enemies, etc. The things I like most in this game are : interesting quests and housing levels. There are 6 housing levels, at first, I can only build peasant housing and build other ones later in game. One more favorite thing in my opinion is its achievements. Achievements vary from quite easy to extremely hard, because lots of them are hidden. So, I need to take time to discover it gradually.