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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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.
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107 of 120 people (89%) found this review helpful
11 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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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
First of all, this game is better known as ANNO 1404.
I always wonder why is this RTS game so unfamiliar to players in general.
But the very few people who I know that played this game, also loved it.
For me, it is easily one of the best games I've ever played.
And there are several reasons for it.

You normally start your game with a small fleet of ships and need to find a suitable island (the map has lots of different islands) so you can start your civilization in it.
The initial population consists in humble peasants who demands simple things such as fish, street markets and religion so they will be happy. You can fulfill those needs without much effort. Eventually (if some conditions are met), the peasants will become citizens, who demand more expensive resources, which you'll only be able to find by trading with other societies, or if you start to explore and colonize other islands. This may create several itinerary routes of different sorts of material that will be circling around the map in ships. With all this material, you have to manufacture goods required by your population so your society will continue to grow. You'll be challenged to maximize your production levels and try not to waste resorces and/or money in this production chain.

This was a very short description of the game's mechanism, but you have lots of other stuff too, like:
* a very good campaign mode;
* small "side-quests" during the gameplay, that will help you on getting some extra items/resources;
* pirates trying to loot your trading ships;
* other civilizations/colonies with alliance/neutral/enemy diplomacy;
* different islands, each with its own fertilities;
* wars;

Pros:
+ Stunning and beautiful orchestral music soundtrack, featuring a mixed choir, recorded in a very spacious acoustic, which gives the music an indisputably churchly feeling. ... JUST EPIC!!!;
+ The campaign mode is very good, intuitive and draws you into the game;
+ The strategy is all up to you;
+ It can be a very relaxing experience or a very hard duelling one, it just depends on the player's style;
+ In both cases, the experience is really enjoying;
+ The routing/itineraries system is very good;
+ The prodution chains and trade system are pretty big and somewhat complex to manage, which is pretty challenging;
+ The medieval setting drags you back in old European times;
+ It is addicting;
+ Sea battles are good;
+ Very good graphics, even today;
+ Did I mention the ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SOUNDTRACK?

Cons:
- The land battles are not so interesting in my opinion, since they are proportionally too slow in comparison to the world's time. Sometimes it seems that they won't ever end unless you put a lot of effort into it. Not very exciting.

I haven't played its expansion yet (Venice), but surely will one day.

Just buy and enjoy it.
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68 of 86 people (79%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.2 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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38 of 44 people (86%) 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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39 of 46 people (85%) 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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24 of 26 people (92%) 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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29 of 38 people (76%) 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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22 of 26 people (85%) 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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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 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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W4YNEWHITE
15.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
So, let me start off by just saying this: This game is flippin AWESOME. I don't know what it is that draws you into it, whether it's the epic music, great graphics, soul pleasing mouse sound effects or the fact that there's just so much you can spend your time on strategically, that you just don't want to put it down. Each time I said to myself, Wayne, you're only going to play 1-2 hours bacause you have such a big backlog of games. Did that happen, well, no, 2 sittings of 7.5 hours each later, I had to be torn away from the game. Its the kind of game you don't want to pick up at all because you just don't think you're going to be able to put it down again, plain and simple. If you like RTS, or have played any of the other Anno games, you don't want to miss this. If there's one thing I absolutely HATE about this game, it's that I just can't find any flaws with it. It's just perfect in everyway.

10/10 - simply because 1000/10 doesn't make sense.
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Feminist™
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 10
This game is very good well worth it.
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stlin
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
It starts out okay, but there are problems. Market Places are suppose to allow a new area of building. This occurs iradicaly, with usualy not allowing you to build (grayed out) near the newly created Market Place you just built. Then I could not get either of my two stone huts to produce. You have to click on two different characters to see the content of the storage dock. Many hts say they require people, even tho you have plenty of living huts and people in you town.
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Prop42
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
For some reason, the vastly superior and unique name "Anno 1404" was discarded in favor of "Dawn of Discovery", something generic and uninformative.

That's my only problem with this game. Apart from that, its an incredibly addictive game with a surprising amount of depth and replayability.
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sparkythebullet
61.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
Definitely worth the money (3$) I paid and almost 100 hours on record
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7thsojurn
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 10
The game is ok it is slow and takes a long time to get any thing done you can speed it up this helps a lot but i got board with it my son played it more but he said it is a little boaring too.... I guss it would be ok for some people...
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Yield
19.3 hrs
Posted: July 22
Anno 1602 ad but better.
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somanan
5.9 hrs
Posted: July 22
I am loving this game. Started playing the campaign and already enjoying it..
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pokeypatch123
11.1 hrs
Posted: July 21
This game was VERY fun but now it dosent work. All it dose is say cannot connect to server key and i was playing it the other day so it did work. Dose someone know how to fix this?
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