Summary: I love these type of games (city builders) anyway, but this game is sooo much fun for multiple reasons. 1) It is very deep. Need to build a lot of different production buildings on islands you need to discover (or take over by force) and ship things around. Anything goes wrong, your production grinds to a halt and your population gets very upset. There is a north and south in this game with different vegetation, resources and production.
Summary: This game is absolute beauty. The last time I have played a game based on the economy and trading was years ago, when I played Caesar III. Where was that game? Where do we stand in the game industry now? Huge improvements in graphics and music. The first time I played Dawn of Discovery as a demo, I listened to the music and instantly thought "wow this must have been recorded live at a studio". And it was indeed.
Summary: I absolutely love this style of game (similar in style to SimCity, Caesar III, or Tropico). It involves building colonies from scratch and starting with few resources and a handful of settlers, then slowly building up resources, obtaining new settlers, managing the needs of your citizens, establishing trade routes, and ultimately building an empire.
Summary: If you're looking for a game that is similar to Age of Empires but want a more challenging experience, then this is it. The economic aspect of this game can be tedious, but really turns out to be the gem of this game. One game can last you many hours to complete, and sometimes can last you a couple of days.