User reviews: Very Positive (102 reviews) - 93% of the 102 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 30, 1999

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Dawn of Discovery™ Venice is the add-on for Dawn of Discovery, the acclaimed real-time strategy and simulation game released earlier this year. Dawn of Discovery Venice will combine the signature gameplay mechanics of Dawn of Discovery and the richness of the Venetian culture. In addition, gamers will now be able to play Dawn of Discovery with their friends thanks to the new online multiplayer mode.
  • New Venetian Setting: The rich Dawn of Discovery environment is complemented with a new Venetian setting offering new possibilities of interaction. Build two new Venetian ship types: the small and big tradesman cog. Develop secret cabinets, infiltrate your enemies and sabotage their expansion. Take control over enemy cities thanks to your influence in the cities’ council board.
  • Multiplayer: Multiplayer-Mode for up to 4 players or Coop-Mode for up to 8 players.
  • New Challenges and Quests: Up to 60 new items and 300 new quests with two new mission types: trading race and ship boarding. Discover and exploit a new type of island, the Volcano island. New scenarios to face new challenges with new achievements, medals and quests.

About Dawn of Discovery:

Experience the award-winning combination of city building, commerce, discovery, diplomacy and combat. Create your own nation with a unique blend of simulation and real-time strategy. Journey across the globe to explore, trade and learn technologies to expand your empire and to make your own history. With its extensive and immersive campaign, Dawn of Discovery guarantees never-ending gaming fun for novices and experts alike.
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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (with SP3) / Vista (with SP1) / 7 (only)
    • Processor: 3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Intel Core 2 Duo Family, AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+, AMD Phenom or better recommended)
    • Memory: 1GB (Windows XP) / 2GB (Windows Vista, Windows7) (4GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant, Shader 2.0-enabled video card (512 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB free space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Supported Peripherals: Windows-compliant keyboard and mouse
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet connection with 64Kbps upstream or faster
    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

    ATI® Radeon 9600 - 9800 / X300 - X850 / X1050 – X1950 / HD 2400 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series

    NVidia® GeForce 6200 / 7 / 8 / GTX 250 – GTX 295 series

    Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
One of my favorite strategy games ever and my personal favorite time/setting for the Anno series got a wonderful expansion pack.

Wonderful graphics for its time, fun gameplay and a wonderful expansion pack are just some of the joys that Dawn of Discovery and its expansion pack Venice offer.

If you want an older strategy game that you can sink many hours into pick this up, while I don't find it has quite the depth that 2070 had, I do like the setting and time more personally.

If you are going to check out the upcoming Anno game I suggest you check out this one and 2070 to get ready for another entry to this wonderful and in depth series.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
465.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Island-based real-time strategy citybuilder. Venice is the expansion that adds multiplayer, among other things.

Released June 2009 (not 1999) - The game is set around the 15th century.

Randomly generated temperate and desert island maps.

Simulate a romantic section of history.

Dependence on resources, commodities, and logistics makes this game a potential tool for teaching both economics and history. Out of all my games, I've played this one the most - Get the Gold version though.

Simplistic yet insanely steep learning curve. A great sense of achievement for overcoming the impossible. Hundreds of hours of challenging gameplay. As real-time strategy as it gets. Warfare is there, but mostly naval-based. Beautiful water, vegetation, and effects.

Extremely time consuming. Eight hours of gameplay and barely having one scenario finished can be mentally draining. Land-based combat is limited. Ubisoft's DRM prevents the game from being popular.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Valve is losing money by not calling this amazing game 'ANNO 1404 - Dawn of Discovery'. Non-American fans wont find this by searching for the name they know it by.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
One of the best city building games you will ever play.
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62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Day 1 - Settled Peacefully and founded the City of Innsmouth, defended by the stalwart ship Heart of Gold. Bless this verdant land we have found.

Day 7 - Explored the Orient, opening peaceful diplomatic channels and arranging for settlement rights, offered me a free bag of "spice" to take home to my people

Day 10 - the Citizenry of my city have developed an inexplicable craving for the "spice" that can be procured from the Orient and refuse to act like civil tax payers without it

Day 13 - Established the Colony of Asheron to settle oriental peoples and harvest their "spice" farms. Financial markets are begining to teeter if supply of the substance cannot be maintained.

Day 18 - Upon discovery of further "spice" farming by a nearby settlement, plans are being drawn up to privateers their spice trade and capture it. Shortages in "spice" lead to psychotic breaks in common people and looting and riots. I must admit, this stuff makes my daily porridge quite palatable

Day 21 - War was declared between the impotent Bard and his foolish people who hold the "spice" lands i want for me and my peoples. Civilization itself now depends on seasoned porridge and fish. It goes well with everything!

Day 23 - Let the annals of history record my glorious victory over those musical legions, This shall form the start my personal "spice" stock. Odd, this morning my eyes were glowing a bit blue. maybe i should cut back on the seasoning . . .

Day 28 - War was declared upon Innsmouth by the crusading legions of a nearby warrior. she claims our work with the Orientals is blasphemous, despite her OWN "spice" trade routes. To the depths of the inferno with her! I shall lay claim to her mining operations AND her spice fields. That giant mountain at the center of her mines looks like a grand site for my next castle. Hmmm . . i'm out of spice for my tea. I'll have to fire the maid again, or maybe that's not sending a strong enough message.

Day 31 - The War rages! Amidst the screams of battle, i heard the earth speak to me. He is coming, and our glorious spice crusades will wake him. I shall send in arsonists and sabateurs to burn that overzealous warrior womans's town to the ground. The spice must flow!

Day 35 - I should never have come here. My cities riot and burn in demand for spice, the mountain screamed fire into the sky this morning as we prepared to invade; my legions are lost. That zealous harlots troops have stolen my bardic spice fields and burned Asheron's spice fields to the ground. The Heart of Gold is all i have left. I must flee.

Next time, next time i'll do it without spice . . . but just one more jar of it on my porridge won't hurt, will it?


lacks sand worms and freman
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