Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#59: Anno 1503 (Mark's 100 - 2012)

Anno 1503

Mark's Ranking
  • 2012: 59th
  • 2010: 74th
  • 2005: 28th
  • appeared on all three lists


  • rank: 1304
  • rating: 6.38

Print Status

  • OOP

Why It's On The List

  • Despite all the Settlers trappings, this is a racing game - albeit one with a very nice exploration theme and some very different strategies you can try to win the race.

Tips & Tricks:

    • Once you know the game, it's 15 minutes per player - making it a great super-filler at game nights.
    • The tendency is to over-emphasize ship-building... but there are perfectly viable strategies that concentrate on production & building your settlements.


    • The expansion to the game (only published in German) had some great ideas... but simply ended up making the game longer & slower (The ideas were, for the most part, reimplemented in the Anno 1701 board game... which you'll be hearing more about later on in this countdown!).
    • The game is lightly connected to a computer game I've never played - evidently a civ-building game. (We've just exhausted my knowledge on the subject.)
    • Here's what I wrote about Anno 1503 for The One Hundred.

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