DescriptionIn the first Uncharted Waters game, it was the 15th century and the New World was discovered. Now in New Horizons, it is the early 16th century and the age of exploration and sea trade is underway. Players choose from any one of six adventurers (scenarios), each with their own distinctive but intertwining plot, to embark on a quest of sailing, seamanship and exploration. The six characters are:
- João Franco is the son of Duke Leon Franco, the hero of the first Uncharted Waters game and an influential man in Portugal. His father wants to make him into a strong man and so decides to send him out to sea. Young Joao is tasked with learning the skills of the sailor (he is the only character who starts at level one) and embarking on a quest of discovery; reaching the far east and eventually looking for the secret of Atlantis.
- Catalina Erantzo is a Spanish naval officer who believes her beloved and her brother were both murdered by the Portuguese armada. Vowing revenge she turns to a life of piracy and soon becomes a red haired scourge of the seas.
- Pietro Conti is a indebted man, having inherited the financial woes of the Conti family. When the Duchess Franco hires him to spy on her son, he accepts the job and obtains a ship. Pietro hopes to use these resources to seek out valuable treasure and clear up his family's debt.
- Ernst Von Bohr is a geographer who is teaching classes in Holland. He yearns to leave the classroom and sail the high seas, living a life of adventure that he has only read about in books. When his friend, Mercator offers to finance his initial voyage in exchange for cartography information about the world, Ernst is given the opportunity to live out his dream.
- Ali Vezas is a poor orphaned child living in Istanbul and serving others. He dreams of becoming his own master and making his own fortune across foreign lands. A twist of fate aides in providing him with small loans, with which he is able to afford his first ship and sail out with a cargo hold full of goods...
- Otto Baynes styles himself a Royal Knight of the British Empire, in the service of his majesty the king. Promoted to Admiral of the British fleet, the kingdom is worried about the increased naval power of Spanish fleets. Otto is given a letter of marque by the king and ordered to terrorize the Spanish Fleet. Equipping himself simply at first, Otto strives to become a great privateer in the name of king and country.
During naval combat, the game becomes a turn-based top-down strategy game, with the player moving ships in order to obtain trajectories needed to fire cannons at enemy ships, or run alongside enemy vessels in order to board them. If the player's flagship attacks the flagship of the enemy fleet, they can challenge the opponent to a duel. If accepted, the game changes to a side-view of the two captains engaged in a fight. During this sequence, the player can only choose which fighting maneuver (strike, thrust, parry, lash) they wish to engage in.
- "大航海時代Ⅱ" -- Japanese spelling
- "Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons" -- Common title
- "Uncharted Waters" -- SNES/Genesis/DOS Title Screen title
- "Daikōkai Jidai II" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
- Merchant / Trade-oriented games
- Rékoeiation series
- Theme: Sea Pirates
- Uncharted Waters / Daikōkai Jidai series
|exploration, trade, and pirating all in one||Genesis||Scott G (729)|
|Maritime Exploration... Superior to it's predesessor in every way...||SNES||WildKard (12133)|
|Experience the world in the age of discovery||DOS||MaiZure (114)|
|Names' Captain, Captain Oreo||SNES||Oreodude (6)|
|Kickass Old Game!||DOS||Jimp Da Wimp (2)|
|GameCola.net||SNES||Jan, 2005||8.6 out of 10||86|
|Sega-16.com||Genesis||Apr 05, 2010||8 out of 10||80|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Apr 07, 2009||80|
|Video Games||SNES||Mar, 1995||79 out of 100||79|
|SegaFan.com||Genesis||May 21, 2004||7.6 out of 10||76|
|IGN||Wii||Apr 07, 2009||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Power Play||DOS||Sep, 1995||70 out of 100||70|
|PC Gamer||DOS||Jul, 1995||68 out of 100||68|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||DOS||Oct, 1995||40|
|Game Players||Genesis||Mar, 1995||35 out of 100||35|
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AnachronismThe game takes place in the 16th century, but the city known as Istanbul in the game doesn't take this name until 1930. It should be called Constantinople.
BugsA bug in the game's programming may cause half to 3/4 of your crew to suddenly vanish into thin air while you're sailing.
Version differencesDue to Nintendo of America's policies on religious imagery and usage in games, the US versions of the NES and SNES editions of the game have the "Houses of Worship" area of ports changed to "The Round Earth Society". The option there that lets the player "Pray" has also been changed to "Study", however both versions of the game allow the player to donate money towards the organization.
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