After two not so successful Sci-fi themed releases, the Anno series has finally gone back to its roots.
Developed by Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft, Anno 1800 is a real-time strategy city-building game that is taking place during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.
In the game, the player assumes the role of a colonial leader of the crown, building up new economies and establishing trades as the game progresses.
What makes Anno unique is perhaps its competitiveness, unlike most city builder games, the player is not alone.
There are other AI or player factions that seek to prosper, and there is only a limited number of islands and resources, which means that the player needs to think and act strategically.
At the beginning of the game, the player starts off in the Old World, which has a similar climate and environment as the majority of Western Europe.
In the Old World, the player needs to expand and industrialize the colony’s economy, as well as managing different classes of people.
Once the colony has developed to a stable economy, the player can then choose to venture into the uncharted seas of the New World.
The New World is vastly different from the Old World, the player will encounter new threats as well as new resources that are needed to fulfill the people’s demands.
The player will be working with the local populations of the New World, exchanging resources in order to become more powerful.
The game has many mechanics that need to be learned by a new player, such as trade routes, naval combat and chain of supplies.
Fortunately enough, the game did provide a campaign mode for new players to learn while having all the fun that the game has to offer.
The overall gameplay experience of Anno 1800 is quite relaxing.
Like most city builders, the players are in control of the pace of the game, even when there are competitive elements present.
A single game session of Anno 1800 can take a very long time to finish.
It will probably remind the players to take a break or get a coffee because they’ve been staring at the screen for too long.
While I believe that the game is very much recommended for people who are looking for a fun and relaxing game to player, I think that Anno 1800 is not a game worth spending $59.99 for.
The game can also be very demanding on the player’s PC and time, which are the things that most college students don’t have at the moment.