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1602 A.D. (Windows)

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Description

This release combines the original game Anno 1602: Creation of a New World and its German-only add-on Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt - Neue Inseln, Neue Abenteuer which also adds a few new missions. It was the first US release of the game.

There are 15 scenarios in total (6 in the European release, and an added 9 for the US version), each with different tasks to perform to build up your nation, and crush your opponents. Free play is more like a SimCity game, where you go about building your land as much, and as long as you want. Finally, multiplayer options allows you to fight it out with your pals.

You are the king of an as yet unnamed European nation from 1602 A.D. Your job is to build up the colony and turn your small nation into a trading powerhouse. You have to find an isle and begin to build up your empire, and eventually fight against pirates and your competitors.

You'll have to start small and build up the colony, growing food and water supplies for your people. From there you must build up the industry, create trade agreements with neighbours, and create armies (just in case an agreement falls through).

There are over 90 buildings, 30 different jobs and more than 300 different isles. For beginners there's a tutorial, and for more advanced players are different scenarios available. The game supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768.

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1602 A.D. Windows A warehouse has caught on fire.

Alternate Titles

  • "Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt (Königs-Edition)" -- German title
  • "Anno 1602: Creation of a New World (Gold Edition)" -- European title
  • "Anno 1602: A la Conquête d'un Nouveau Monde - Version Gold" -- French title
  • "1602 A.D.: Discover, Build and Rule your Own New World" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Beautiful graphics and probably the best music in a game. William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great game to start with for managing trade. Jaelee (2) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A Classic Game Jacob Larson (6) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A poor game and a waste of money. James Kirk (159) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game Vortex 2000 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) 1999 88 out of 100 88
Deaf Gamers 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
GameGenie 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Glide Underground Feb 12, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Feb 09, 2000 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Feb 23, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
Electric Playground 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Apr 01, 2000 B- 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Pending correction 2 Sciere (234463)
Jun 11, 2011

Trivia

0 A.D

The independent freeware title 0 A.D was inspired by 1602 A.D.

Screensaver

There is a screensaver that will activate if you leave the game inactive for too long. It shows a beach with a hammock and the tide coming in. Also the sound of the tide is in the background. It was bug-pestered: the game would continue to run even when the screensaver was active - you would go to dinner, thinking everything was fine, coming back, moving the mouse and - getting the "game over" video. All in all, it really took some patches to make this game work properly. Being able to build on water was only one thing...


Additional information contributed by Aaron A. and phlux.
DaHero (868) added 1602 A.D. (Windows) on Aug 30, 2000