1503 A.D.: Treasures, Monsters and Pirates
Few developers have managed to combine the realtime combat of Age of Empires and the city-building strategy of SimCity with as much success as Sunflowers, the creator of the Anno series. Cossacks was good, but the combat too often became overwhelming, while other efforts like the Stronghold series squeezed their city building into cramped corners that were too constrictive to be truly enjoyable. Even Anno 1503 wasn't quite the perfect medieval SimCity. There were no multiplayer options for one thing, and the game appeared far more complicated than it deserved to, thanks to an overburdened interface and useless manual.
Annoyingly, this belated add-on pack does little to fix the original game's flaws. The multiplayer component (for some time promised as a free release) has failed to materialise, while the interface hasn't changed beyond the cosmetic. . What you get instead are 12 new standalone missions and three extended continuous play games. It doesn't sound like much, but to be fair, these missions are as vast and varied as those in the full game. The gameplay also remains much the same - build a city, trade, build an army, fight - but there are a handful of new units and options available. Then again, with such a dramatic subtitle to the game, we were hoping to be battling giant sea creatures and discovering subterranean palaces made of gold. The odd giraffe or bear doesn't quite have the same impact.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP