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1503 A.D.: The New World is, like its predecessor, a 2D-strategy game where the player colonizes a new world. The first important part is the constructing of several buildings which are used for different means, e.g. residences or plant facilities. There he needs to ensure a logical arrangement to reach short production cycles and the population's satisfaction. With preceding time there demands grow which force the player to expand and build more respectively more effective buildings.

As the game knows 46 resources it is unlikely that the player finds all on one island. This also results in the need of expansion which may be against the interests of the up to three AI opponents or one of the nine neutral factions. These problems can be resolved with trading or military action. The latter is still a small part of the gameplay but is noticeable more complex than in 1602 A.D., now the player has a few formation and behaviour orders to his disposal and the 14 military units gain experience. Other innovations are a research function where the player works on upgrades, four new climates and more production cycles.

Besides the free playing mode with randomly generated islands the game also features ten scenarios and, also new, a campaign with twelve missions.


1503 A.D.: The New World Windows Rating
1503 A.D.: The New World Windows The sea is a dangerous place: pirates roam the ocean and attack trade ships.
1503 A.D.: The New World Windows Once your explorers have discovered a tribal settlement, freight ships can trade surplus resources with the natives.
1503 A.D.: The New World Windows In the 13 campaign missions, you have to fulfil several tasks per map. (German version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "公元1503:新世界" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Gongyuan 1503: Xin Shijie" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "Anno 1503: העולם החדש" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Anno 1503: The New World" -- UK title
  • "Anno 1503: Nowy Swiat" -- Polish title
  • "Anno 1503: Le Nouveau Monde" -- French title
  • "Anno 1503: Il Nuovo Mondo" -- Italian title
  • "Anno 1503: El Nuevo Mundo " -- Spanish title
  • "Anno 1503: De Nieuwe Wereld" -- Dutch title
  • "Anno 1503" -- German title

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User Reviews

Excellent Game. Deep and involved. NOT for twitch gamers Eloquius (5) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A great Strategy game to play, superbly detailed! hoker shotor (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
OK game, but lacks map editor Jacob Larson (6) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Great game - but not as addictive and fun than Anno 1602 Wylaryzel (175) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
It’s complicated, aggravating, and boring, without a whole lot to offset that. kvn8907 (179) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

Critic Reviews (UK) Mar 31, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing Jun 12, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Powerplay Nov, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Krawall Gaming Network Nov 08, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Gameswelt Oct 30, 2002 82 out of 100 82 Oct 31, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Armchair Empire, The Apr 26, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Benelux Apr, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameZone Aug 04, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
Absolute Games ( Apr 13, 2003 65 out of 100 65


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When Anno 1503 was released, there was no multiplayer-mode included - officially... In fact, they placed a file in their /data directory which enables it. The mode was not finished. It lacked a lot of features, balancing and so on. But they wanted to get some feedback from their fans without starting an official beta test. So they hoped a small group of people found out and offered feedback.

Source Code

The Anno 1503 source code is about 400,000 lines long - almost everything coded by just two coders. And the graphician, Ulli Koller, has studied architecture - thus the very detailed buildings.


  • 4Players
    • 2002– Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany)
    • 2002 - Gold Award for selling more than 100.000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • 2002 - Platinum Award for selling more than 200.000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • 2004 - Special Award for selling more than 500.000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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Felix Knoke (166) added 1503 A.D.: The New World (Windows) on Oct 28, 2002