A unique and award-winning combination of construction, economy, discovery, diplomacy, and combat. Create your own nation with a unique blend of simulation and real-time strategy as you journey across the globe to explore, trade, and learn technologies to expand your empire and to make your own history. Meet the Orient!
User reviews: Positive (35 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 23, 2009
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A unique and award-winning combination of construction, economy, discovery, diplomacy, and combat.
Create your own nation with a unique blend of simulation and real-time strategy as you journey across the globe to explore, trade, and learn technologies to expand your empire and to make your own history.
  • Meet the Orient! Build your own settlement and get to know the culture and technologies of the Orient.
  • Create huge metropolises! Build a unique seaside with the harbor system and shape the character of your new city with alleyways, city walls, and castles.
  • Personalize the way you play! Configure the interface to fit your own personal needs. Create your own adventures in the Dawn of Discovery world with powerful tools and share them with the community.
  • A strategy game for beginners and pros! An intuitive interface for beginners with many options for advanced players. A thrilling campaign that carries beginners into the world of Dawn of Discovery. A motivating sandbox mode that can be modified by players to any degree. Special titles, talents, medals, and other rewards that are collected in the captain's log.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (only)
    • Processor: Pentium 4 3GHz or comparable (dual core recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB (3 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX®9-compatible graphics adapter with 128 MB RAM (DirectX®10 with 512 MB recommended)
    • DirectX®: DirectX®9/10
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX®9-compatible
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compliant mouse, keyboard, gamepad, headset
    * Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    • ATI® Radeon® 9600–9800 / X300–850 / X1050–1950 / HD2400-2900 / HD3400–3870 / HD4300–4890
    • NVIDIA GeForce® 6100–6800 / 7100–7950 / 8200–8800 / 9200–9800 / 120–140 / 250–295
    • Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. For the most up-to-date minimum requirement listings, please visit the FAQ for this game on our support website at: http://support.ubi.com.
    NVIDIA® nForce™ or other motherboards/soundcards containing the Dolby® Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio.
Helpful customer reviews
15.8 hrs on record
Amazing game! Worth the $10, and will give you hours of enjoyment. Highly recommended!
Posted: September 24
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Played this as Anno 1404 a few years back. Was buggy, but got through it. Now that it's back on Steam and updated w/o DRM, it works perfectly. I sense many hours being devoted once again.
Posted: June 22
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Dawn of Discovery has to be one of the greatest Trading/Building games out there. If you like Port Royale you should totally get this one. It can be a bit hard at the start, but once you get the hang of it. It will become addictive especially in Free Mod were you can approach your empire without the hassle of finishing a campaign chapter. The only downside is that it has no multiplayer. Dawn of Discovery : Venice does have it, but if your looking for the original look then get this one. 5/5 pyros
Posted: June 24
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
If you know the Anno series games, then you already know Dawn of Discovery -- it was released as Anno 1404 in Europe but (for some reason) renamed for the North American release. Like all the Anno games, it can be a little bit micro-managerial, but it's delightful nonetheless. A good sound track and lovely graphics are definite good points, and the trade system is one of the best around. If I had a complaint it would be that the computer players/NPCs natter at you constantly. That could really be toned down but it's easy to handle by adjusting sound settings, too. But it's completely possible to just get lost in this game and spend hours upon hours enjoying it.
Posted: August 5
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
This game is awesome.
Posted: May 25
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3 of 56 people (5%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
this is anno... and DRM
Posted: May 1
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5.9 hrs on record
Amazing game but would be much better if it didn't crash randomly or have memory problems. There is probably a manual way to fix this but you would expect the company who put it on the market to have had already patched it by now. It is still a good game though if you can handle these issues.
Posted: September 20
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44.0 hrs on record
You should definitely buy this game on Steam dot dot dot.
Posted: May 16
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55 of 57 people (96%) found this review helpful
229.2 hrs on record
One of the best games I've ever played. If you can find a copy buy it. You will lose hours of your life playing this game. No longer sold on the steam store, maybe someday it will be back.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
43.7 hrs on record
A truly rich experience, with breathtaking music and detailed graphics and sounds. Just wish it was still avaliable to buy.
Posted: December 14, 2013
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
A fantastic city-building resource management game that is no longer sold on Steam due to Ubisoft's inability to give a damn. Buy it if you can!
Posted: December 23, 2013
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
amazing game, amazing soundtrack, amazing city-builder it is a shame it is no currently available for purchase
Posted: February 10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
any owner of this game will spend hours of gameplay easily! so much fun and good time spend
Posted: January 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Best game on Steam that you can't buy.
Posted: December 20, 2011
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
City building? Check! Sea battles? Check! Complex trade and production system? Check! Engaging land battles?.... well, I guess we'll have to gloss over that.
Posted: July 2, 2011
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Probably one of my top 5 favorite games... period. A sort of sim-building/strategy game with a few RPG elements. You can grow a town and strive for whatever style you'd like. A bit like the Civilization series, but completely different as well. Balancing resources, building epic cities or numerous colonies on islands, expanding into the orient to build a new culture complete with their own resources/building and so on. I get sucked into this one for hours.
Posted: December 28, 2011
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
The best way I can describe this game is one part tropico and one part dwarf fortress. It's a city builder, trade management and hapiness management game. I love nearly every bit of this game, with the exception of it's moderatley boring combat.
Luckily, combat is a relatively minor point of the game and, even though not very exciting, still works and is quite easy to grasp.

Another strong point in this games favour is it's gentle learning curve. Dawn of Discovery introduces game ideas throughout the well crafted campaign. It could even be said that the Campaign almost functions as a tutorial for the enormity of the game.

And enormity is what you get! Like in Dwarf Fortress, you don't just make items. For instance, if you want to supply your nobles with lether jerkins then you first build a farm for the cows, then a skinner, then a tanner, then ship them to the clothes maker, etc. It is luckily somewhat more simple than DF. A great game to scratch the itch!
Posted: December 31, 2010
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Much like its predecessor, Anno 1701, Dawn of Discovery is an addictive, fairly slow-paced, real-time resource management strategy game. The premise of the game is that you need to fulfil the demands of your population. You harvest resources to build houses; you build houses to increase your population and secure taxes; as your population increases, their demands for other resources increase; and as you fulfil those demands, you garner greater taxes and unlock the rest of the tech tree. It's hard for me to recommend this game over Anno 1701, this plays more like an expansion than a sequel (they both use the same engine), but I can assure you you can sink many hours into this game.
Posted: January 25, 2011
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Dawn of Discovery (aka Anno 1404 outside USA) is the most charming and addictive city-building game ever created. DoD has absolutely stunning graphics, whimsical art design, endearing characters, complex city-building and trade mechanics, and immense replay-ability! Oh, and the music is so good, and the sound design creates such alive environments. Everything is good about this game. I have zero complaints. Related Designs has totally outdone themselves here. This truly is sleeper hit. If you have even a slight interest in city-building and historic sim games, play this game.
Posted: July 2, 2011
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Dawn of discovery is a lighthearded, wonderfully built game with a unique hand drawn art style, and quite a bit of charm hidden beneath the surface. While suffering from a somewhat slow pace here and there, it is an overall well made and enjoyable take on any resource management game.
Posted: December 31, 2010
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