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Anno 1404 (PC)

by Ubisoft
Windows XP
 Ages 3 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Release Date: 26 Jun. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,763 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

A unique and award-winning combination of construction, economy, discovery, diplomacy and combat. Anno 1404 is the building strategy game which features a deep economy, wide game world and dynamic gameplay which continuously challenge the players' strategic management skills. The discovery of the ancient oriental nation inspires your creative vision for your own grandiose metropolis, as you carefully raise monumental cities and develop an idealised historical empire.


  • Meet the orient!
  • Build your own oriental settlement
  • Get to know the culture and technologies of the orient
  • Make the desert bloom
  • Meet the Sultan and earn his respect
  • Rise huge metropolises!Build a unique seaside with the harbour system
  • Construct impressing monuments to crown your creation
  • Shape the character of your city with alleyways, city walls and castles
  • Enrich your settlement with dozens of embellishing objects
  • Personalise the way you play!
  • Configure the interface to fit your own personal needs
  • Create your own adventures in the Anno world with powerful tools and share them with the community
  • A strategy game for beginners and pros!
  • An intuitive interface for beginners with many options for advanced players
  • A thrilling campaign that carries beginners into the world of Anno
  • A motivating sandbox mode that can be modified by players to any degree
  • Special titles, talents, medals and other rewards that are collected in the captains log

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game : DRM not an issue 26 Feb. 2010
By El DEl
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this February 2010. Ubisoft may have listened to the critics. The version shipped to me loaded and ran without needing Tages DRM, but had reverted to conventional loading from disk (disk then needed in drive to run).

On first installation had a bit of delay while waiting for automatic download of a couple of fairly substantial patches from Ubisoft but the game has so far proved absolutely stable and bug free. I am running it under Windows 7 with Nvidia Gforce 6800.

The game is typical of the Ubisoft range. Fans of other Anno and Settlers games will love it. Compared to some games it needs a good deal of micro managment but that's a matter of taste as some gamers prefer that degree of control and some prefer automanagement of minor issues. Very impressive graphics. Rather useless manual, but beginners should not worry too much as the easiest levels pretty much walk you through all the basic concepts, controls, etc. If you are looking for action or violence look elsewhere, and the simple bulding and trading can become a bit dull but the elements of diplomacy and some combat add breadth so overall well worth it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DRM removed 26 Jan. 2010
By clb
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For everyone, who was concerned about the drm protection. Ubisoft has removed the need for online activation with the 1.1 update. You only have to install the update, before starting the game for the first time. So there is no more limit to 3 activations.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - now that drm removed 12 Feb. 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you buy the retail edition of this game, install it and then install the game patch 1.1 before running it, it removes the drm. Also, friends have indicated that their game autopatched and as a result no more drm issues and the game can be played without the disc etc once patched

Edit: patch 1.2 also just released!

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great SP stunted by lack of MP and bad DRM 29 Jun. 2009
By Jekht
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
For a moment lets look past the terrible DRM (digital rights management for those in the know). The DRM doesn't make the game, as games like Bioshock have shown us, which was bundled with a series of copy protection measures similar to the DRM we see here. So, here is a micro review of the game for those deciding whether to slap down the cash!

Single Player:
The single player offering is without a doubt the BEST Anno offering so far. The gameplay is sometimes slightly derivative to 1701, but there are enough improvements that going back to it would be difficult.
Beautifully rendered, fantastic animation. Occaisonal fps drops but that might be down my PC or the old drivers I'm running.

A pointless security measure that sounds like a last minute rush job to compensate for the other major negative which would have been a far more reliable copyright security measure.
No Multiplayer:
At the last moment multiplayer was completely removed. For most, including me this reduces the game down in size majorly. Bots can only achieve so much!

Personally I regret buying this title whilst it was £25 considering the multiplayer was removed, but this all comes down to preference. If you're looking for a solid single player experience then the custom games in Anno 1404 are the way to go. If like me you were expecting to LAN this with friends for some good 12 hour games, then prepare to be dissappointed until the expansion/patch comes out to appease the major part of the Anno fan base.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was looking forward to this 13 July 2009
But the DRM is insane, you don't buy this you rent it. I recently upgraded my PC twice in quick succession that would have left me a single activation. As I will be buying Windows 7 I would not be able to keep playing I would have thrown my money away.

Stay away unless you are happy to just get an expensive rental from Ubisoft, especially as this has done nothing to stop the availability of pirate copies.
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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The first Anno I won't buy. 28 Jun. 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've bought every Anno, 1602, 1503 and 1701. While the lack of multiplayer in 1503 was a disappointment, the rest of the game was excellent. Now, not only has multiplayer apparently gone missing again, but you are only allowed to activate it 3 times. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE. I will not pay for software that has such a disgusting attitude to me. There isn't even a revoke tool, although even if there was it would still be utterly unacceptable. What happens in 2 years if I want to play it? The activations will be used up due to hardware upgrades. Contact them and get more? Unacceptable hassle. What if they've gone under? They always say they'll release a DRM-free version but do you think a company about to go bust is going to spend time and money updating an old title? No chance, they'll either be rushing their current project or all updating their CVs.

I will not support a publisher who treats me in this way. Many, many others feel the same way and many more will as the impact of such disgusting practises continue to gain notoriety.

Please, vote with your wallet. Don't pay good money to be treated as a criminal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, completely engrossing 13 Sept. 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game pretty cheaply without very high expectations, but have been addicted and amazed by this vast and hugely enthralling game. It IS a complex game, and you will have to be willing to devote quite a lot of time to learning how to play the game. But the more you learn the better it gets. The campaign is well written and involving, and the free-form and scenario modes offer infinite hours of entertainment. Its a marathon game, for those of you who like that kind of thing. In other words, you can work at building up your empire for a very long time. It takes a huge amount of time to build up your empire to the top level, although the 'top level' is not all that easy to define. . It is very good value for money in the sense that you can get so much use out of it, while never getting bored.

I cant really think of anything negative to say about the game. Other than that the military part of it is, in my opinion, far less fun than the rest of it.

The game has a massive library of acheivements and unlockables which only increase the lifespan of the game. All in all, an excellant buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great game
Published 1 month ago by Ruby Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Only mildly addictive. I played the Wii version and ...
Only mildly addictive. I played the Wii version and bought this for my laptop. I'm only giving it four stars due to the fact that the controls are not very stable - when I try to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elysian42
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Awesome game comparable to settlers and simcity. A medieval twist which was a fun change reccomend for simcity and settlers lovers,
Published 5 months ago by John Jay Cornwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Great game. So much to learn though and so many different processes going on! You could lose days of your life playing this one!
Published on 7 April 2012 by Nic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game and now DRM is gone
First of, the DRM that has given the game so many 1 star reviews here has been removed with an update from Ubisoft. Now there is no limit to the amount of copies you can activate. Read more
Published on 25 Jun. 2011 by C. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic
The game is fun and looks amazing. The look o0f this game is vastly different from any rts i have played giving its own unique style.
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 by Mr. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were more
Bought for my daughter. I have been playing Anno 1404 & the Venice extention since they came out. I like city building & trading but am not interested in more than minimal... Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by RoseJane
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of Discovery
As of April 2011, you get a copy sent from Canada. So to patch it to ver 1.2, go to the Canadian Ubisoft site and search for Dawn of Discovery. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by D. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game play
This game makes it hard to stop playing. Like the former versions of anno the game play is incredible, with improved graphic detail and new game play options (discover of the... Read more
Published on 15 Mar. 2011 by Philip Ashton
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother if you have a laptop
I was told by Ubisoft that this game will not work on most laptops as the graphics cards are not compatible, even if the MBs are adequate. Read more
Published on 16 Dec. 2010 by Gina
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