Story - 81%
Graphics - 90%
Audio - 74%
Gameplay - 84%
Replayability - 85%
Anno is back and this time we venture to the 1800s. The Industrial Revolution is the focus point in this instalment where machines started taking over hand production and steam power starts to rule the world.
This is the second game that studio Blue Byte has developed but the seventh in the series. The company has other successful titles like Settlers and have also collaborated with other Ubisoft Studios on titles like Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
There are three main ways to play Anno 1800, Campaign, Sandbox and Multiplayer. The campaign is a story driven mode and when enabled it will teach you the basics of the game during the 4 chapters. Customizing your experience is still possible in the campaign and if you think 4 Chapters feel short then think again… The story is quite interesting, and it picks up when you receive a letter from your sister Hannah and it changes everything in your life.
Sandbox has always been the core of Anno and will still be the place where majority gamers spend their time. There are some cool customizable options here like setting up custom challenges and starting conditions. Multiplayer returns to its glory days with all the Sandbox options included and you can play it out with 4 players with any combo of AIs included. As a bonus there are talks of a Co-Op mode being added as free in the future to look out for.
Anno 1800 is not without any new features, one of the big additions is that of Blueprint builds. This allows you to place buildings before you can afford them, this is great to make some cool layouts and then to complete the buildings as you need to. You can now send out specialists on expeditions to seek fame and glory and do not forget to look for black gold across regions. Lastly another big feature is the ability to manage your workforce at factories which makes gameplay a lot more realistic. It is also cool that buildings will now send out their own carts to deliver and pick up wares.
There are some great improvements that Blue Byte has made in Anno 1800 while still delivering the great series that we love. You will get lost in not just hours but days of gameplay in this great game and when you wipe out the much needed sleep form your eyes you will bestow them upon the greatness of your wonders. A must have for any strategy/city-building fan.
Reviewed On: PC
Genre: Strategy / City-Building
Release Date: 16 April 2019
Great new features and love the campaign
Need a time machine to get hours to play