The plot involves the "New World" and historically that refers to the Americas, and seeing the specific geography detail, actually refers to the Carribean. Though oddly enough, despite meeting the Chinese and the Indians there in the 1700s, you also see gorillas, elephants and zebra's among others, which are native animals only in Africa and Asia.
According to the German magazine PC Powerplay (issue 02/2007), which refers to Mediacontrol, 1701 A.D.
was the best-selling game in 2006 (Germany).
- GameStar (Germany)
- February 1, 2007 - Best PC Strategy Game in 2006 (Readers' Vote)
- PC Powerplay (Germany)
- Issue 02/2007 – #4 Best Game in 2006 (together with Titan Quest)
- Issue 02/2007 – Best Strategy Game in 2006
- Issue 03/2007 – Best Strategy Game in 2006 (Readers' Vote)