Ubisoft has delivered a game that’s been thoughtfully designed around the strengths of Nintendo’s system, delivering an experience that retains the essence and depth of the long-running series while streamlining it to offer a pacier, more accessible twist on the familiar formula, replacing unnecessary complexity with gameplay breadth.
Official Nintendo Magazine UK
With great controls and an involving plot, this is one title that’s well worth conquering. [July 2009, p.90]
By means of a good control system, a profound gameplay, and a good looking presentation, the game proves to be a perfect example of how well the RTS-genre can work on the Wii.
A very pleasant diversion and a great start for genre newbies. [Aug 2009, p.75]
Perfectly judged adaptation of the PC series, with just the right level of complexity and challenge.
Although this is a scaled down version of the Anno experience we’ve come to know on the PC it still has enough depth to captivate us through for hours with it’s appealing blend of intuitive controls and charming graphics. The controls are well adapted to the unique control scheme of the Wii and the presentation does a god job of conveying all that’s going on at any given time. If you’re in the mood for a fun and well made strategic experience of a less hardcore nature, this is the game for you.
It’s well executed and breezy, but not without its flaws.
(Also known as “Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery” and “Anno: Create a New World”) Dawn of Discovery takes place in the year 1404, when King George’s land is suffering from severe droughts and brutal famine. Aware of his people’s distress, the king calls on his two sons, William and Edward, to acquire new territories in order to produce enough goods to satisfy the needs of his empire’s inhabitants. Whereas Edward suggests aggressive means 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 his Father’s blessing, William heads south to the mysterious Orient and returns with valuable new technologies such as the water pump that allows dry lands to be cultivated in order to produce enough food for the people. But there are still many unmet needs within the king’s empire, and players are tasked with the mission of fulfilling those needs while both expanding and sustaining the vast society. Build and sustain your own expansive empire. 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 prosperous society.