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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Dawn of Discovery Gold (The original including the Venice add-on) is the American version of Anno 1440 AD Gold Edition which was released in Europe. The game is identical and I could find no changes apart from the game title.

Graphics are well implemented and fully customizable to suit player's hardware and operating system environments. Sound is atmospheric, NPC's are well vocalized and have convincing characterization, music is of good ambience and is non-intrusive.

There are four difficulty settings and the game supports both single player and multi-player. There are a number of campaign missions with pre-defined victory conditions, and a sandbox mode for infinite play.

Starting conditions may vary significantly depending on difficullty settings and gameplay mode.

Essentially the player is tasked with exploring islands, establishing a colony, expanding the settlement and ensuring that resources are acquired to meet the needs and demands of the colony.

The player can place fishing huts, lumber yards, mines, quarries and a variety of farms and manufacturing plants to generate resources. Various facilities such as places of worship, fire departments and taverns will increase the safety and status of the colony. As the game progresses additional storage and manufacturing and mining facilities become available.

The player can adjust tax rates and either approve or deny colonists access to building materials.

There are NPC's (Non-Player Characters) that will offer quests from time to time, these will usually be either fetch and deliver, find and deliver (Zoom in on the town and find a person or persons), explore an island, escort a ship, or sink a ship. These missions usually have a time limit and need to be completed before the time expires.

The islands are of two main types (Northern/Occidental or Southern/Orient). The resources that can be cultivated will differ depending on the type.

Players can trade to purchase goods, or opt to produce and sell goods. Trade routes can be automated or the player can manually operate a trading vessel. Trading can be set at each player harbour.

Players may during mid to late game decide to acquire additional expansion potential by evicting one or more competitors by force and taking over their islands.

Pirates will occassionaly be either a help or a hinderance depending on difficulty settings and diplomatic status.

Dawn of Discovery has a lot of depth and is a great time-waster. The game has a sense of progression and accomplishment and will unlock features and rewards.

Dawn of Discovery is a highly addictive and fun to play game that comes highly recommended.

9 / 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
154.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
best game ever
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
fantastic game, be ready to sink a lot of time into it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I have played the old old one like I think it was called 1607 A.D. Don't recall. But I love those classics and they brought it back and revamped... I like it.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
This game has recently became available on Steam again... So I bought it right off the bat.

Otherwise, I had the differently named, but exactly the same game: Anno 1404 and Venice.

Let me tell you, I have put probably put as much time into this game as Anno 2070 on my profile--over 300 hours. Anno 1404 (which is what I'll call it) is a fantastic game and I slightly prefer it over Anno 2070. Anno 1404 is simply beautiful and you get drawn into it easily. You get to craft your empire and your production chains and keep people happy. Getting to the point of building the Imperial Cathedral is fantastic as well. It is a beautiful crowing achievement for the time you spent in the game. The screenshots you can take of the world and what you build are simply beautiful as well.

Playing it with a few friends is fun too. However, Anno 2070 is better for that in the end. Though make no mistake, they are very similar games... just set in a different time period. Anno 2070 will have a few more challenges, and funner enemies to square off against (Keto and Strindburg). Though, Anno 1404 has much larger maps, which is what 2070 needs. After a while, 2070 feels quite small when you get fast ships and air vehicles.

Regardless, having both Anno 1404 and 2070 in your library, if you love these type of games, is simply great as they are great games! We can only hope Ubisoft and BlueByte make the next Anno game just as great!

I fully endorse this game to anyone who likes games of this genre!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
139.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Anno 1404 by any other name. A relaxing city-building game with beautiful music and fun gameplay. Too bad you can't buy it on Steam anymore!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
150.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Dawn of Discovery aka Anno 1404 is a fantastic, detail-driven city/economy simulator with a bit of RTS. DoD is relaxing, gorgeous, and a great example of sandbox citybuilding with a challenge. You're encouraged to make multiple cities/islands and trade route them together, micromanage and setup production lines and creating a very pretty visual balance between the environment and buildings, which all look incredible and detailed. For what it is, and with no major flaws in my play experience so far, I'd say DoD is pretty dang good.

Sadly it's not on sale on Steam at the moment cause, to the best of my knowledge anyway, Ubisoft's last patch for the game never made it to Steam, so Steam pulled it, saying it's an incomplete game. Unfortunately the last patch means Steam versions are incompatible saves with non-steam, so you can't really play much with non-steam owners of the game. Hopefully it goes up for sale again soon... However, Anno 2070 is almost identical and highly reccomended.

EDIT: DoD is back on sale! I very much reccommend it still, although there does still seem to be the issue of occasional crashes or multiplayer disconnects, if anyone has an idea why, I'd be happy to hear it. It's every once in a while, but enough to be a little distracting. Although it auto-saves pretty damn often so you usually don't lose much progress. Still worth it, incredibly fun.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
615.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
If you like micro managment like me then this is a great game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
71.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Eventhough the game was developed in 2009. It looks great for its age! I've been playing it for 2 days now and I already have 35 hours on it. Go Figure!! Needless to say this game is not for all audience, its a very slow but rewarding game. There is a lot of content but I will not exploit that for anybody, go find them out yourself and be amazed on how much you can actually do in this game.

The Multiplayer aspect added with the Venice DLC is exceptional. First off, it DOES NOT REQUIRE a UPLAY LAUNCHER. The games that you play are saved online if you have an online profile selected. COOP allows players to manage a single faction together. Players playing as separated factions and playing COOP by forming an alliance is also an option. There are a bunch of regulars online but I have not really explored that much, mostly playing with people that I know.

The Modability, the games does have a few mods out there. I have yet to try them. I will try to exhaust myself out of the vanilla game first and then maybe install those MODS that adds items and such in the game sometime in the future. Considering there are a lot of game contents that I can unlock a wide range of content from ornamental in-game structures to customizing my profile. There requirements to unlock these items is what I would describe as a slow but rewarding process. I'd say it will take me a while before even considering installing the IAAM 1404 Mod.

Just an FYI if your just starting out. Play the Campaign for a quick tutorial by launching just Dawn of Discovery. There are a lot of different videos out there on how to build an effecient settlement/city. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. This is a city building game people. Be creative, explore and have fun. Develop your own style of playing. I also recommend disabling some of the natural disasters while you are just starting out to avoid begginer's frustration.

Play your music, start your game. Continious Game Mode. You'll be in for a treat.

I highly recommend this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
137.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Fantastic RTS city-building trade simulation, best in the genre. The sequel 2070 & its expansion have defintely improved the Anno formula, but Venice has a timeless quality with a different pace and 1400's spice trade setting that must be experienced for fans of the genre. Top tier graphics, UI, gameplay and soundtrack. Highly reccomended for RTS/city-building fans and true PC game fans.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
202.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
Amazing game that requires a good stategy and intelligence.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
143.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
Love it.

Only part i did not like will build up two cities one western and one eastern.I did not like that.Cause i found myself not caring about the eastern one or wanting to play it.And found it annoying and such.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
One of the best Anno games ever hours and hours of fun
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
The pinnacle of a medieval based economy simulation. Must have, must play. Definitely worth $15 for the immensity of content. Much better than paying $50 for a recently released AAA game with a fraction of the content.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
417.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2011
Venice is virtually the same game as Dawn of Discovery, just with some additions. The new trading partner and espionage mechanics are fun, although not essential. The multiplayer co-op is awesome! Building an empire with a friend cooperatively is massive fun. And the 15 new scenarios provide about 40 hours of new gameplay. So considering DoD is the greatest city-building game ever, Venice is an essential upgrade for it. Another must-have.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2010
Pre-Release Review
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2011
Pre-Release Review
don't you wish you could buy this game? too bad, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, ubisoft has pulled it from steam! muahahaahhaa
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Leave it to Ubisoft...

That's right, the company that can't even do Tetris right... Ubisoft is the destroyer of good games. This particular game is a prime example. This series was originally a part of Sunflowers studios which was purchased by Ubi. The first two games, 1602 and 1701, were incredible, but once Ubisoft took over they spun it into a politically correct, broken game. Not only did Ubisoft give us the worst games of this series, 1404 and 2070, but they refuse to put the best in the series (1701) on Steam. 1701 A.D. doesn't function on Windows 7 or 8, so I'm stuck with the worst games in this series. Thanks Ubisoft. HASHTAG ASSASSINS GREED
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