Summary: Dawn of Discovery, previously known as Anno 1404, is an RTS and simulation that gives gamers the opportunity to explore new civilizations and build their own empire like never before through the immersive action of the Wiimote and the DS stylus.
Civilization-style game teaches about life in 1400 A.D.
Common Sense Media
20 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this fun adventure game has a pirate theme, and thus there is rum and other alcohol references in the game. While it is about civilization-building, there is a gallows in your town and you'll see some bloodstains on it.
Summary: Dawn of Discovery has a lot to do with taxes. – Hey, I got an uncle lives in Taxes. No, I’m talking about taxes – money, dollars! – Dollars! There’s-a where my uncle lives! Dollars, Taxes! This game is far from perfect, but fans of the genre should be able to find their $20 worth here.
Conclusion: Yet again, a game on the Wii that looks to be well below my level of interest surprises by focusing on the gameplay and implementing solid, intuitive controls. That it's extremely accessible thanks to the tutorial-on-steroids story mode is just another feather in the Wii's something for everyone...
Excerpt: When Dawn of Discovery arrived at HonestGamers headquarters in two forms--one for Wii and one for the DS--I was thrilled. I like games about the age of exploration, I like building ships and I like colonizing.
Summary: Set in a bright, idealized version of the 1400s, Dawn of Discovery is a charming game of exploration and city building, with mechanics that are straightforward enough for anyone to grasp yet complex enough to stay satisfying in the long term.
Pros: Smart interface gives you easy access to all your structures, Production flows are satisfying without being overly complex, Achievement system provides fun additional goals to strive for, Appealing visual style and music
Cons: Lack of clear information regarding supply and demand can lead to frustration, Combat is too simple