• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 4, 2008
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It is the perfect title for those that enjoy games such as Empire Earth, Civilization, Sim City, etc. I've had tons of fun with this game and will continue to play it for months to come.
  2. In terms of the game’s central challenge, it excels at dividing the player’s attention between ambitions for continuous expansion and the manual maintenance of the empire as it stands. [Sept 2007, p.97]
  3. For dedicated PC strategy nerds it might seem a little lightweight in comparison to what the desktop platform currently has to offer but, for accessible, deep, pocket-sized empire-building this is a game hard to fault.
  4. An intuitive civilisation management game that works just as well on the DS as the PC. [Sept 2007, p.84]
  5. There are a couple of interface problems that mar this otherwise solid and entertaining DS title. [Aug 2007, p.117]
  6. Basically, anybody looking to build and maintain an imperialistic empire on their Nintendo DS should get this game.
  7. 75
    Anno 1701 offers a rich, portable strategy experience. It rests comfortably on well-worn games and gameplay mechanics, but fans of the genre should find what they're looking for.
  8. Quite charming and colourful RTS, with a simple and accessible stylus-only control scheme and a fun multiplayer. Not really that much depth for hardened RTSites though. [Sept 2007, p.65]
  9. The DS once again proves the perfect platform for the real time strategy genre. [Sept 2007, p.88]
  10. 80
    An ideal choice for fans of the genre, and possibly a more surprising title for gamers who are curious.
  11. One of the best strategy games released on DS, ANNO 1701 brings micro-management to the mainstream.
  12. Anno 1701 offers engrossing escapism and a refreshing alternative to more aggressive gaming themes. While it does nothing new for its genre and is firmly stuck in the days of the Amiga when god games were as popular the WWII FPS is today, it is still a great little title that deserves a huge chunk of your time.
  13. A stunning little game which deserves a US release and fast. The developers have set the precedent on developing ports for the DS.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dr.Cruel
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    A very high quality RTS simulation. Literally the state-of-the-art for Nintendo DS gaming in its genre. Very worthy of its international reputation.
  2. JonathanS.
    Oct 27, 2007
    6
    Worked very well for a while, and then I realized that there's really very little room for doing things in different ways in this game. Worked very well for a while, and then I realized that there's really very little room for doing things in different ways in this game. You've always got to do the same things in the same way and the same order: start by putting fishing ports and lumberjacks in, build houses and so on. Good the first few times but lost my interest much more quickly than even Age of Empires, which isn't trying to be a "god" game. Oh, and although the story mode works quite well, it starts as a tutorial regardless of whether you've played it before! Very very annoying. Full Review »
  3. shadowmuse
    Sep 28, 2007
    8
    Excellent economic sim for a handheld device. The ability to save anywhere is perfect when on the go. Easy to handle though training troops Excellent economic sim for a handheld device. The ability to save anywhere is perfect when on the go. Easy to handle though training troops and shipping them places can get alittle time consuming, and could have been more automated. Altogether however a very solid effort. Full Review »