Settlers 2, Caesar III, Anno 1602: Creation of a New World. Three games, three real hot summers for me, so hot that I almost missed my exams. Yes, it’s true I’m crazy about RTS games where economics is the way to go but I also hate sims like Capitalism and some Tycoons. As Settlers V still belongs to the distant future and Caesar IV wasn’t even announced I got Anno 1503: The New World, a game I hoped will keep my in front of my computer for a while.
For those who didn’t play the first part let me tell you the basic principle of Anno 1503: having in the beginning a ship or even a few of them you have to start a town on one of the map’s islands which in time, with lots of thinking and patience, will become a very prosper city. It’s been a while since I played a game which would test my patience so much. No, I’m not saying anything bat about graphics which is mostly ok. Being a mixture of 3D and 2D, the system requirements are low. In the same time Anno 1503 is one of the few games lately which really enjoy your eyes. The water, the terrain, the buildings and the units are all very brightly colored so you can recognize them immediately and only after a long period of playing, let’s say eight or nine hours, you’ll feel tired. Sometimes the details are so high that you can really see scratches on the walls of the houses covered with plants. The only negative aspect here is the small number of ships’ animations.
I’m not saying anything bad about the sounds also. There is plenty of musical diversity and the tracks change according to your actions or the area you’re looking at. The ones who played the first part will soon discover a few known rhythms slightly modified of course. If you will play on normal speed you will be stunned by the continuous wave, from the mumbling of your inhabitants to the sounds of cows or cannons, horses or birds.