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In 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.
Regardless of the character chosen, Uncharted Waters: New Horizons is a top-down sailing simulation. At sea, players control the direction of their ship, where speed is affected by the number/health of the crew, the wind and the currents. Players can navigate anywhere there is water (though some ships are not ocean worthy) and discover interesting landmarks and new ports. Upon landing at a port, the view is also top-down and the player can enter different buildings, each with unique services and goods. These include: the Inn, the Item Shop, the Shipyard, the Tavern, the Castle, the Guild Hall, the Church, the Merchant and the Harbor. It's up to the player to earn enough gold to keep the crew fed and financed and keep the fleet repaired. Primary methods of earning money are through sea trade, accepting jobs from the guild, gambling and battle with other ships.

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.


New Horizons FM Towns In the tavern you can play Blackjack and Dice
New Horizons Genesis Title screen 2
New Horizons SNES Title screen.
New Horizons Sharp X68000 Sailing

Promo Images

New Horizons Screenshot
New Horizons Screenshot
New Horizons Screenshot
New Horizons Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)

Alternate Titles

  • "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

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User Reviews

exploration, trade, and pirating all in one Genesis Scott G (793)
Maritime Exploration... Superior to it's predesessor in every way... SNES Shoddyan (14312)
Experience the world in the age of discovery DOS MaiZure (126)
Names' Captain, Captain Oreo SNES Oreodude (6)
Kickass Old Game! DOS Jimp Da Wimp (2)

Critic Reviews SNES Jan, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86 Genesis Apr 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii Apr 07, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Video Games SNES Mar, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Power Play DOS Sep, 1995 70 out of 100 70
PC Gamer DOS Jul, 1995 68 out of 100 68
PC Joker DOS Sep, 1995 60 out of 100 60
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1995 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Players Genesis Mar, 1995 35 out of 100 35


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The 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.


A 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 differences

Due 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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