Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. 73
    What it actually does is establish a higher degree of trial and error and experimentation. Unfortunately, that may turn of newcomers of the genre to this title.
  2. The gameplay is fun, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say addicting, is still engrossing because of the exploration aspects.
  3. 72
    The game shines when you focus entirely on building up your cities and taking care of your people.
  4. 70
    Although 1503 offers only a few modest innovations, it's still a solid example of how gratifying it is to spread your own civilization, whether it's this century or 500 years ago.
  5. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    Even though it's a sequel, or maybe because it's a sequel, there's really nothing new here. Start with a ship of goods, three hours later you have a thriving sixteenth century metropolis crawling with busy citizens. [June 2003, p.86]
  6. While it's true that 1503 A.D. does have a number of changes and improvements over the original game, it's really just more of the same, but fleshed out a bit.
  7. Computer Gaming World
    60
    The dated visuals won't grab you, but the game's depth keeps things interesting if not addicting. [June 2003, p.98]
  8. A game that passes the time, and melds together a number of fine titles, but whose every individual element can be found in a more satisfying form elsewhere. [PC Gamer UK]

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User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. RafaelN.
    May 25, 2003
    10
    This is a supreme game.
  2. MichaelW.
    May 23, 2003
    10
    One of the greatest games ive ever played....period!!!!!
  3. Nov 9, 2013
    10
    This game is just simply awesome. it offers hours and hours of game play. and any one who thinks this game is boring simply doesn't know howThis game is just simply awesome. it offers hours and hours of game play. and any one who thinks this game is boring simply doesn't know how to play the game... Full Review »