Intrigued by ANNO 1800

I’ve never played anything from the ANNO game series before, but the latest one that is coming out, 1800, looks fascinating. I debated picking up one of the older versions while they’re on sale (ANNO 2070, and ANNO 2205) but so far I haven’t pulled the plug. The reviews on both games are mixed and include issues with gameplay and technical problems. The newest one isn’t due out until April and it has a pretty hefty price tag, so I don’t think it will be a purchase that I make right out the door. $80 CAD is a lot of money for a series I’ve never been invested in. Thoughts?

While I was checking out ANNO 1800 Scopique asked if I had seen Foundation before. Foundation is an early access game developed by polymorph games, and claims to be a medieval city building simulator. A lot of friends have it on their wishlist, but I don’t know anyone who is playing it yet, and I have no idea if it’s any good but the trailer for the game certainly makes it look neat. I think it’s one of those games where I’ll just have to wait and see (ie: wait for a sale, and then we’ll see).

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

2 Responses to Intrigued by ANNO 1800

  1. Naithin says:

    Anno is one of those series that by concept I should love, but still never really gelled with. I had the most success with Anno 1404, and the least with the future releases (the last two, I think).

    So kinda looking forward to Anno 1800 to try again — but like you, a bit reluctant to drop full price on it! Especially with so much else on the horizon.

  2. Scopique says:

    And something I had forgotten about the Anno series is that it’s not a free-play builder. You have a narrative, and different chapters of that story drive what you have to do, like reach a population milestone and build a few specific factories. These persist throughout the game, and you move between locations. Eventually, you link those together via trade routes, so you never “move on” from an area.

    But, yeah…it’s very scripted if that’s OK.

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