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: 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.
Summary: I'm going to be honest, my wife hates this game because it is stealing me from her. There is a lot of micro-management, so it's not for everyone, but I do find it extremely engrossing. Seeing the balance of resources and planning and how everything has to work together to keep on the plus side of the budget and achieve the goals of the scenarios and the campaign is just fascinating to me. I highly recommend this game.
Summary: Downloads are great, but to reinstall after a format reinstall, it is nice to have a disk. If you computer and external drive become infected, you need a disk so you may reset-up the game without accessing the net.
Summary: I loved 1701 and dawn of discovery is even better. I love the game. Download the patch and it removes the install 3 times only protection. It was helpful when I got my new computer, I could install the game on the faster machine. The graphics are great if you have a reasonable card. If you have a 1 gb video card the graphics are amazing. Worth the money and the venice expansion adds to the fun.
Summary: If you like City Building games similar to Caesar, Pharoah, or possibly Civilization, then you'll like this one. It is less broad than civilization and deals with building structures and obtaining resources. Gets more challenging as time wears on. Though it is a tad bit repetitive, I'm not at all sorry I bought it.
Summary: I was a bit hesitant after seeing negative reviews about this game. Seems most had to do with not being able to actually own the game. This has been fixed with a patch so I am grading this game on content. There is a lot of depth in this game and the graphics are amazing. You build huge cities which is more difficult that you might think. City planning is needed.