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!
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Very Positive (113 reviews) - 88% of the 113 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 23, 2009

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About This Game

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.
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Very Positive (113 reviews)
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Titanicbuff
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Faulse advertising-Advertised as one game, but its really Part of the Anno Series.
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Hyperwolf
( 54.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
One of my favourite games of all time.
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Danimal
( 53.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Fantastic game! dont let the age deter you, still a great game now! 10 bucks is a steal!!
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Butt_Pirate2247
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Only 5 hours in but loving it already. Feels like a blend of Civ and Age of Empires. Nooice work
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Dwindlin
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Was a fan of the Anno 1602, friend pointed this game out to me and I have not been disapointed.
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Baldrick
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
It's like Emperor: Rise of the middle kingdom and Pharoah where you must balance resources to cater for and maintain your people's needs. Upgrading your city along the way. But this expands on this idea so much more with diplomacy, exploration and trade. Highly recommended to those who have previously enjoyed city building games aforementioned.
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freescspirit
( 52.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
I'm about 40hours into this game, and I bought it 4 days ago... I think, that basically says it all. It is not a RTS per se, but it will test your planning and multi-tasking skills to the limit. The game has no manual, or even a real tutorial. The campaing kind of explains a bit, but i quickly started playing the continuous mode, which is insane. Most campaign levels are 4-5hours long, and continuous never stops. I love the interface and graphic, and how great all work together. I was not familiar with the Anno series, so this is my first one. I bought it for $4.99 on the Ubisoft discount day. I don't regret it at all. This is a gem.
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frenchonionsoup
( 43.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
The more you play and understand it the better it gets.
Lack of turtorial can be a bit frustrating sometimes at the begining but eventually manage to figure things out :)
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xela6661
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Start out with nothing
Get a bit of cash from chopping trees
Start groing weed
Make a stable living

Just get by Simulator-10/10
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scrawford65
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Overall, 6/10. See below for detail.

This game reminds me of "Romane of the Three Kingdoms: Iron Triangle." It looks a lot better, but it suffers the same issue of not knowing what to build. The missions give you very clear goals, and sub-goals to get you there, but the build trees are downright draconion. It's difficult to understand why you aren't allowed to build such-and-such a structure. Resource managment isn't really present, it's more a question of getting certain things done before starting cash runs out. Overall, gorgeous and fun, but only if you have the time to grind your teeth over it.
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97 of 104 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
229.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Spent six hours building up an economy to the point where my islands can all sustain themselves inter-dependently, then got pulled into war and destroyed because I didn't invest in the military. Or walls.
10/10,
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
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.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
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.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 14, 2013
A truly rich experience, with breathtaking music and detailed graphics and sounds. Just wish it was still avaliable to buy.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
90.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Anno 1404 aka Dawn of Discovery is an excellent city manegement and building game. First even though the game is relatively old (2010) the graphics are still beautiful but even more than that, what truly shines in this game is the attention to detail. Watching your workers roll barrels, or some peasants celebrating at a tavern or even the performers at the juggler's camp is highly entertaining. The gameplay is extremely satisfying with excellent depths however it's simple enough and the campaign does a good job of introducing the gameplay elements. The storyline is meh, but the campaign is still enjoyable with varied scenarios and objectives like all good strategy games. The scenarios will also add decent amount of gameplay hours after the main campaign is clocked and the continous mode will further still add more gameplay hours.

If you do buy this game and enjoy it then the Venice addon is higly recommended as it essentially add more content is an already excellent game.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
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
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
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!
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
amazing game, amazing soundtrack, amazing city-builder it is a shame it is no currently available for purchase
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This game is fun to play, i've put alot of time into these games prior to steam. There is ALOT of micro managment, but I do like the constent challenge of having to take care of so many things at one time. The micro managment is somewhat solved by the trading system if you have enough ships to make your islands work correctly. overall great game. graphics are not bad for this type of game. you can easily play this game for hours and hours.
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