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Wonderful slow paced game that'll keep you busy for hours.

7.7

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Surprisingly good"

Summary

What is there to say about this little game? It is simply a gem of a game that many haven't tried. Just look at the game's stats on the right hand side. Only 702 people owned it at the time of this review.

If you have been browsing through your local tech store or game shop, you may have passed this game in the bargain bin. SHAME. Next time you see this, dish out the couple dollars being charged and give it a try.

This game is great for pick up and play, and is not a system hog. It's suited well for a laptop gamer, especially those who don't have a top of the line powerhouse to keep them entertained on the road. Now matter how many distractions you get, you won't suddenly lose like fast based games.

The visuals are aged by todays standard, but are still pleasing.
The audio is marvelous with great voice acting by the narrator. ("There is gold here")
The gameplay is slow, and as a Age of Empirse player, it took me some time to get used to the simgle button scheme.

Overall I can only suggest this game to those not looking for a hollywood experience, but just some relaxing fun.




Don't underestimate this game

9.7

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"

Summary

This game itself is pretty simple, easy, and straight foward with no sudden twists or turns. The gameplay is pretty slow so if you are all about the speed of Age of Empires games you shouldn't buy this game right of the bat. My suggestion would be to download the demo first and get used to the gameplay and if you like it buy the full version. As for the graphics in this game it's nothing Hollywood but the game is very exciting and can be used when your on long plane or car trips. The game is just right on the difficulty because at one point you will have to knuckle down and start earning money or risk being in debt.




An old game that has good value. Worth picking up if you can still find it, should be under ten bucks.

7.0

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Check your bargain bin"

Summary

Having its roots in old style RTS games, 1602 is a fun game to pick up for easy playing. Though not much compared to others such as the Age of Empires series, it is worth playing if your into the old school stuff. Much like the Caesar series in prospective, build your city and be successful in conquering neighboring lands if you so choose to. Gain prosperity in trade and watching your city thrive. One can spend a good amount of time playing this under the radar game. I'd recommend this game to anyone that feels like they want to try something old and outdated. Sometimes the old games are the best, and 1602 certainly has its own space of classic. It can probably be bought for under ten dollars or so, assuming that you can still find it. I often find myself returning to play this game, but only for short periods at a time.




A worthy game thats sadly over looked by many.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"

Summary

Well, I picked this up not long after it came out, and I have to say that this game is awesome. It's not a fast paced game like say Age of Empires or so, but it gives you time to plan, and enjoy the game for what it is.

The graphics are dated by todays standard of course, but they wont hurt your eyes either. Most things are very well detailed, and you can tell what youre doing.

The sound is pretty good, the game gives you all the alerts, and stuff you need. It also has some good "classical" music to enjoy. The narrator does a good job of making sure you hear what he says.

The gameplay is not as slow as a snail, but its just slow enough so you can enjoy this game. This game is more about developing you city/cities than going of and conquering your foes. But if you wish you can build a pretty impressive army, and navy.

All in all this game is worth playing. If you need a slow down, or just want to waste some time, this game here is here to do it. So, next time you look through the bargin bin, be sure to grab this gem if you find it.




Classic Resourcemanaging and cityclusterbuilding !

8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

I still think Anno 1602 is by far the best in the Anno series. The other games may have been more fleshed out but did not feel unique anymore with games such as Zeus, Caesar III and Immortal Cities around.

In Anno, you take care over a small island (within an array of islands) building housing and workplaces for your citizens. It is a classic strategy game. The placement of your buildings is important, so is the balance between selling and buying. The problems you are facing are scarcity of resources with different islands being suited for different resources (such as spice, tobacco etc.), competitors and pirates, which are the most annoying aspect of the game.

There are loads of campaigns and scenarios coming with the game and many more can be downloaded online just in case the open-ended game is not enough for you.
7.2

Great
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