Summary: This game is pretty cool. I had no issues downloading from Amazon and no issues installing on my Windows 7 Pc. I found the game to be addicting. I think it took me 10 hours to finish one scenario. You focus mostly on building your economy by growing resources and trading with your other towns or other players. As your towns grow in population you gain access to new products to grow, mine, or build. Not a whole lot of warring although there is some.
Great game-here's how to make it work if it doesn't
5 January 2012
Summary: Love the game, try the demo and see for yourself. I had issues with poor framerate (0.9 fps?!??) on startup, which was really odd since the demo ran flawlessly at 40-60fps. After finding no help ANYWHERE online I discovered the solution; Anno4Web.exe or AddonWeb.exe. Killing these processes in task manager after the game starts or completely deleting these two files (for Gold edition after installation of the base game and the Venice expansion) solved the problem...
Summary: This is an awesome game for any city build-lover. Outstanding graphic, you can see the reflection of the sky on the water, whales swim in the ocean. The game space is kinda slow, but isn't any game of this type like that? Download from Amazon is fast and reliable. What're you waiting for, hope on the fanboy-wagon.
Summary: The game is great. My wife especially loves it because she enjoys the tedium of micromanagement. For $20, you'll get plenty of entertainment hours from it. But, make sure that your ready to invest the hours into getting familiar with the mechanics and the resource tree. My only complaint is that the gold edition is only available via download. This means that we don't have a disc that we can sell later.
Summary: Had prior versions of this game. This one has more options and chalanges. Like the game because it does not require building for war. Each selection has a pro and con as to how the game will continue. The only problem is that it is a 32bit version and cannot access all the memory in a 64 bit computer. While I have 4 meg, it is only using 2 meg.
Summary: In Dawn of Discovery you will find yourself landing on deserted islands with nothing more than a some lumber and a few tools. Your job is to colonize the island and attract settlers to work for you and pay taxes so that you can afford to improve and expand your colony while warding of those from outside who covet your wealth and success. That's the game in a nutshell.
Summary: I played this for a long time - months(it tells me to go get a coffee after a couple hours). Then played civilization for a few months - then found myself missing the more involved resource and building that Dawn of Discovery has. I'm going back to this and will probably play the senarious completely out. I find it quite challenging to beat the AI on the hard levels. It's a lot of when to build what with resulting military consequences.