Anno 1800 - Buyer's Guide

Embark on a journey through the Industrial Revolution with Anno 1800. Build empires amidst technological advances, diplomacy, global exploration in this engaging city-builder and RTS game.
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Set against the backdrop of the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution, Anno 180ˈ0™ challenges players to build powerful empires amidst technological advances, diplomatic intrigues and global exploration. Whether you seek innovation or exploitation in a world undergoing profound change, the game offers multiple paths for success as players erect sprawling metropolises, craft complex logistics networks, conquer new continents, undertake daring expeditions, and outmaneuver opponents through diplomacy, trade, or warfare. Anno 1800 combines classic franchise features with innovative gameplay elements such as individual AI adversaries, shippable commodities, randomized maps, multi-session play, and an array of items to enhance the immersive experience in its sandbox mode and story-driven campaign.

Should I play Anno 1800 in 2024?

The good

Many reviewers have praised the game’s city-building mechanics, calling it the best city builder they’ve ever played. The graphics are stunning, and the game is relaxing to play. The game excels in its core city-building aspect, making it a joy to build and manage a city.

The bad

However, some reviewers have experienced issues with the Ubisoft Connect launcher, with some reporting error messages and inability to launch the game. Others have criticized the game’s RTS elements, calling it clunky and unresponsive. The game’s economy system has been criticized for being simplistic and unbalanced.


Despite the issues with the Ubisoft Connect launcher, the game’s city-building mechanics are exceptional. If you’re looking for a relaxing and engaging city-builder, Anno 1800 is a great choice. However, be prepared for some frustrating experiences with the launcher, and be aware that the game’s RTS elements are not its strongest aspect. Overall, I recommend playing this game, but only if you’re patient and willing to work through any technical issues that may arise.

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