• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Apr 16, 2019
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. May 13, 2019
    90
    This typical misstep aside, Anno 1800 is an otherwise excellent history-themed simulator that excels at drawing players into its satisfying gameplay loop and keeping them there.
  2. May 6, 2019
    90
    I can’t recommend Anno 1800 enough. I was legitimately worried that Ubisoft might try to bring the entire franchise into the present, but I’m happy to say that my fears were unfounded. The game is a love letter to the old city-building games, while still managing to innovate and surprise even veteran players.
  3. Apr 30, 2019
    90
    Anno 1800 is one of the most fun city-builders I’ve played in a long time. The construction of your city isn’t as complex as Cities: Skylines, but the complex supply and demand mechanics make Anno more action-packed than many combat oriented RTS games. You’ll constantly be juggling trade routes and worker types, and it all adds up to an incredibly rewarding experience.
  4. Apr 25, 2019
    90
    Anno 1800 keeps you busy. You will lost track of time while playing this epic city-builder. Don't play it if you hate games that ask a lot of your time. Play it if you have a plenty of time available to build the empire of your dreams.
  5. Apr 18, 2019
    90
    Anno 1800 is going back to the roots of the series but also manages to introduce exciting new features to the proven formula. The result is a building game that captivates for endless hours and challenges the player more and more with every new unlocked production cycle.
  6. Apr 23, 2019
    89
    Streamlining done right, Anno 1800 is so addictive that it must remind you to take a stroll after some four hours of gameplay. Faithful to the Anno spirit, yet inventive, featuring a class system that offers many creative challenges.
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    89
    Rarely before has it been so hard for me in my game tester career, not to award a 90s rating.
  8. Apr 17, 2019
    88
    A visually beautiful and quite complex city-builder that doesn’t rely on its past alone, but adds quite a few new elements to the experience.
  9. Apr 25, 2019
    87
    Blue Byte beautifully manages the return to the roots of Anno. Many things are reminiscent of 1404, but it still adds significant value by adding inspiration from the last two episodes, and adapting it to the industrial revolution. The return of the sandbox mode is more than appreciated and ingeniously designed. Of course, the game is not perfect and there are a couple of small problems here and there, but Anno 1800 is a frank success on all aspects and can easily rise to the rank of best game of the series.
  10. Apr 15, 2019
    87
    Anno 1800 might be the best 4X game since Civ 6 and definitely has brought back the series' glory.
  11. Apr 29, 2019
    85
    Anno 1800 offers up a compelling blend of city building and strategy in the industrial era, with a smooth learning curve and fantastically flexible and replayable sandbox mode that will have you starting and re-starting your trading empire as the hours sail by.
  12. Apr 19, 2019
    85
    After the shallow Anno 2205 the seventh installment of the series offers a lot of depth. There is such a nice atmosphere, lots of detail and the ingenious mix of building cities and sea-trade is taking a lot of nightly hours.
  13. Apr 19, 2019
    85
    Anno 1800 manages to find its place back between the heavyweights of the genre by getting back to its roots and expanding on the successful formula that made the previous games great. The gameplay is deep, complex, and at the same time simple enough for the newcomers to jump in, and its definitely one of the best entries in the Anno series, if not the best.
  14. Apr 19, 2019
    85
    Anno 1800 is the best entry in the series to the date. A game that can be huge and complex while not overwhelming to the player. A true love letter to the genre that every fan of city-builders and strategy games should play.
  15. Apr 17, 2019
    85
    Although not a revolutionary chapter for the series (net of the subject matter), Anno 1800 is a solid and well-structured city builder, recommended to all.
  16. Apr 16, 2019
    85
    Actually, Anno 1800 is one of the best city builder on the market, way better than its two predecessors.
  17. Apr 16, 2019
    85
    Anno 1800 is a great opus in the series, and clearly follows up the very good Anno 1701 and Anno 1404 episodes. The only complaint we have is about the weird combat and the few remaining bugs.
  18. Apr 16, 2019
    85
    Anno 1800 gets back to the roots of its success, but it doesn’t forget all the IP has done well these past years. Sandboxes and multiplayers are back, the game mechanisms are crystal clear: all boxes are checked.
  19. Apr 15, 2019
    84
    Despite an annoying story mode, Anno 1800 is the biggest and best entry in the series to date.
  20. Apr 17, 2019
    81
    Anno 1800 is a grind at times, but those moments of “eureka” when I’d figure out production rhythms and layouts that kept me operating in the green were delightful.
  21. Apr 15, 2019
    81
    From the animation to the visual effects, this is the best-looking Anno game to date. Something of a no-brainer when it comes to advances in technology. But with the expanded focus on trade, production, naval combat, and colonisation it’s also one of the most engaging entries to date – again, once understood. A city builder well worth visiting.
  22. Apr 15, 2019
    81
    A gorgeous-looking, extremely polished city builder that offers a relaxed experience with light RPG, diplomatic and combat elements.
  23. Jul 7, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 is a visually stunning, incredibly compelling management-strategy game. One thing of particular note is just how great and addictive the gameplay loop is, hooking you in as you watch your cities develop and expand, made all the better as you unlock and build a wide variety of buildings. There are slight issues though, with an unintuitive UI and trade system, which due to the way resources are spread around the game can be irritating. Simply put, Anno 1800 is an incredibly addictive and engaging game, with a few flaws, but nothing that stops it from being a great entry in the series.
  24. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 31, 2019
    80
    A great strategy game from a gripping period of our history which is remarkable when it comes to building. The rest of the game elements aren’t as good, but they do the the game and the authors justice. Anno 1800 is a safe bet. [Issue#295]
  25. Apr 30, 2019
    80
    Big, busy and pretty, you can be confident of a good management game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so long as they can get past some certain disheartening design choices.
  26. Apr 29, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 is an incredible looking city builder that is packed with historical detail and graphical richness, supported by a complex and sometimes inscrutable collection of systems underneath the smokestacks and row houses. Getting everything just right is a challenge but playing in the Victorian-era sandbox is a lot of fun and the milieu is well represented in all areas of design and execution. Fans of city builders and economic sims will both find a lot to enjoy about Anno 1800, the best entry in the franchise so far.
  27. Apr 24, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 leaves us a solid work that improves some aspects that had been left behind in the past.
  28. Apr 24, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 is an extremely entertaining videogame.
  29. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 may be about the industrial revolution, but its design is quite conservative. A boon for the fans of the series, who will find themselves at home with this new iteration of the economic simulator they know and love.
  30. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Rich in its content -albeit a bit overcomplicated in areas- immensely addictive, beautiful and impressive in its design, Anno 1800 probably is everything fans of the series have been expecting.
  31. Apr 18, 2019
    80
    It's a really unique experience. A large part of the game is focused on exploration and it is a true ode to orientalism. A gaming pleasure combined with the visual and sound beauty. Probably the best Anno episode in the history of the series.
  32. Apr 17, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 can become confusing and complicated over time, what with the in-depth nature of this civilization sandbox franchise. But those willing to step up to the challenge are rewarded with a gorgeous and comprehensive game, built on micro-management and period-set obstacles and factors that nudge you along in your mission to build the next great island metropolis. For what gaming experience it represents, the franchise looks and feels great.
  33. Apr 16, 2019
    80
    Increasingly complex yet approachable, Anno 1800 is an excellent entry in the long-running city building series that both challenges but also leaves space to admire one’s handiwork.
  34. Apr 16, 2019
    80
    Not just another City Builder. It's a great addition to the genre and the series. With new mechanics, great graphics design, and a fantastic soundtrack, there's not much to dislike about the game.
  35. Anno 1800 is a great example of mixing tycoon, diplomatic and warfare gameplay systems. It offers a simple and deep gameplay at the same time.
  36. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    The foundations of Anno 1800 are solid, and the game offers a diversified experience. Going back to the roots was a crucial decision, and I can say, with all certainty: this is one of the best strategy games of 2019. It's been a long while since we had such a lovely and absorbing game to play.
  37. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  38. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    Anno 1800 brings the series back to its roots and it is one of the best episodes.
  39. Apr 29, 2019
    79
    Anno 1800 is a beautiful game. The water is gorgeous, the landscape is fresh and lush, and the animations are simple but delightful. The narrative of the campaign is unique and a story worth following, and the various tech-trees that unlock as your population grows are straightforward and logical. The use of a class system is what sets this apart from most city building games but the general lack of advanced mechanic tutorials leaves players at a disadvantage if they haven’t played economic city builders before. Anno 1800 takes time to learn, but it’s time well spent.
  40. Apr 30, 2019
    75
    Anno 1800 is a great, deep city builder that doesn’t care if you know how to play it or not.
  41. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    73
    Once, RTS were a challenge that required quick thinking and foreplanning, never afraid to humiliate inept player. Today, they’re exact opposite, eager to please paying client. Anno 1800 is a perfect example of such strategy: good-looking, predictable and forgiving. [Issue#238, p.48]
  42. Apr 29, 2019
    70
    I spent all of my time playing Anno 1800 in a mild yet pervasive state of anxiety. As a city-building sim that emphasizes economic management, it is as robust and powerful as the steel factories it allows you to pollute the skies with. But for all the natural beauty of its island paradise and the architectural splendor of its churches, theatres, and piers, it's just a little too cold in its reliance on numbers and a little too impenetrable in its reluctance to show you its workings. I'm glad I visited, but I don't think I'd want to live there.
  43. Apr 25, 2019
    70
    Anno 1800 finally returns to its historical roots, enriched by elegant graphics and complex city management. But other half-baked features drag it down - namely diplomacy, warfare and maritime trade.
  44. Apr 23, 2019
    70
    Anno 1800 is a mostly fun and engaging game, but lacks the polish and intuitiveness complex games require to be at their best.
  45. Apr 17, 2019
    70
    Anno 1800 is a city-builder that caters to new players. It's gorgeous, has a campaign that's a huge tutorial, and players don't have to worry about sim aspects like traffic and power distribution. While there have been improvements to the Anno formula, some mechanics are simply not explained and the user interface is lacking for a game built so heavily around trade and economics. It's a good game for sure, but it needs some tweaks to make it fantastic.
  46. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    Anno 1800 will do for now. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and it’s a bit rough around the edges, but Anno’s still the most fun you can have with a glorified spreadsheet. Just be sure to build lots of bakeries.
  47. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    Anno 1800 is a return to Blue Byte and Ubisoft's long-running city-building franchise. Sadly, a number of flaws prove to be detrimental to an enjoyable voyage.
  48. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    Certainly not for the casual fan, Anno 1800 is a glorious exploration of a glorious age. It is a technical achievement for strategy gaming that goes unrivaled, and while its complexity may be a roadblock for some, the return on your investment would make even the greediest fat cat smile.
  49. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    A vibrant snapshot of the Victorian era that’s bustling with character, but doesn’t explore the intriguing, seismic politics of the period.
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  1. Apr 15, 2019
    One of the things I like most so far is that almost nothing is simply a straight "upgrade" of another thing. Even the lowliest farmer finds use supplying the growing complexity and demands of an advancing society. [Review in progress]
  2. It’s an undisputed heavyweight, and an experience I’d recommend to anyone.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 307 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 307
  1. Apr 16, 2019
    10
    Yes, the story mode is disappointing and the the combat system is not the most innovative, but I don't care. The most important part of theYes, the story mode is disappointing and the the combat system is not the most innovative, but I don't care. The most important part of the game is the sandbox mode and that is definitely the best of the series. It is also great that there is a multiplayer again. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2019
    9
    Though Anno 2070 was okay, I kept going back to the 1404 edition to get my fix. After spending about 40 hours in Anno 1800, I have a newThough Anno 2070 was okay, I kept going back to the 1404 edition to get my fix. After spending about 40 hours in Anno 1800, I have a new favourite in the series! Everything I loved about the 1404 is there, and due to the attractiveness, how 'closeness' works due to road connectivity rather than distance and the fact that you can still move buildings around after building them, there is much more freedom in building the City how you really want. Looking forward to spend many hours in this one! Full Review »
  3. Apr 16, 2019
    10
    This game is soooo cute. It looks amazing. So many details, so many wonderful things to look at. Ok...stop moving the camera around, stop it !This game is soooo cute. It looks amazing. So many details, so many wonderful things to look at. Ok...stop moving the camera around, stop it ! Plz start building your Empire. The cute little islands are wonderful home for your settlements. Farmers, Workers, artisans - they all will find home in your beautiful settlement.

    You have wide selection of tools to turn your pretty village into full blown town. Build farmer's cottages, farms, upgrade the buildings. All your efforts will be rewarded and even poorly organized city will look beautiful because everything looks so nice in this game.
    Create trade routes, discover new worlds, ensure that your citizen's needs are catered for. Give them everything they want and your empire will thrive.

    You can ask yourself why to buy this game? Why now? You still have anno 1404. Well, the answer is simply. Anno 1800 is a worthy successors of Anno 1404, it is somethings lots of fans were waiting for and industrial revolution has never looked so magical.

    If you like city builders and want to be relaxed by creating complex production/supply chains this game is for your. Every click takes you one step closer to creating industrial marvel. I hope that future DLCs and additions will make game even bigger and better.

    Graphics: 10/10
    Gameplay: 10/10
    Replayability: 10/10
    Performance: 10/10

    Overall score: 10/10

    Is it perfect: YES !

    Should I buy it? : Helllo ! Have you not read what I wrote. YEAH !!!!
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