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Dawn of Discovery review

Ah, so this is the life of Riley...


  • Very accessible for a strategy game
  • Plenty of depth to building your islands
  • Fun and easy to create civilization


  • Fairly dry concept
  • Won't challenge "serious" players
  • Won't satisfy stats-cravers

Anno (Dawn of Discovery)on Wii is exactly how you’d imagine it to be and – more importantly – exactly how you want it to be. Its concept might be fairly dry but the game itself has been ‘Wii-fied’ to make it as accessible as a strategy game could hope to be.

Buildings and other structures can be plonked down in an almost comically easy fashion while road building is a snap. There’s plenty of depth to building your islands, with taxes to set and new shores to set sail to but it’s all implemented in a bright and breezy fashion. If strategy more serious than The Sims normally gives you stat-screen induced sweats, prepare for Anno to lead you on fun-filled baby steps to enlightenment. One of Wii’s finest strategy discoveries.

Jun 18, 2009

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DescriptionThis RTS/Sim set in 1404 wasn't made with the hardcore fans in mind, but it's still one of the best strategy titles on the Wii.
US censor rating"Teen","Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"12+","12+","12+"
Alternative names"Anno 1404 (PC","UK)"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)