Anno Online is a free-to-play game supported by micro-transactions, but that being said it’s also a lot of fun for anybody who dreams of creating their own civilization and running it. Anno Online is based on the real-time-strategy franchise Anno (also known as Dawn of Discovery) including Anno 2070 which gave players the choice to run things with the mindset of a CEO, the mindset of a spiritual leader, or even better the mindset of an artificial intelligence.

In Anno Online (developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte), players create an avatar then struggle with their people to rise through the ranks of Apprentice, Emperor, and beyond. The gameplay sees a fine balance being watched over between the many financial eco-systems being built starting with basics like food and shelter. There is an amount of expenditure and income constantly being rated, compared, and if you’re good at this; monitored by the player. The goal is to continue growing your empire on the original island you start off with, eventually exploring and colonizing all of it. You will also have the opportunity to build ships and discover other islands which may even be teeming with resources for your colonies back home.

Beginning your journey, you will be tasked with building the entire infrastructure of a small village that hopefully will grow to eventually become a massive empire. Every house you build will enable your population to be larger, eventually when wealth becomes plentiful you will be able to upgrade each house and the citizens inside of it will become of a higher class. Having high class citizens becomes a requirement for moving forward, and also introduces many more needs including other types of food sources and goods such as baked goods and more advanced production of clothing. You will find yourself micro-managing a lot, and it feels great. Watching your tiny people walk around your town and live their lives gives this game a type of god syndrome for those who get really into it.

Although Anno Online is free-to-play, it is possible to speed things up at times by putting money in. That being said, you won’t feel like any less of a player when you’ve got no cash to chip in. The game’s main focus remains on developing and advancing your empire. This is mainly a solo mission, but you will also have access to live-chatting with an active community that includes newcomers such as yourself all the way to veterans who have been doing it since the Closed Beta and enjoy to sometimes use old-speak with a funny sense of humor regarding the game. You’ll even find Ubisoft Blue Byte moderators and the developers themselves playing Anno Online at times.

New features for the game are currently being tested out including the ability to visit your friends’ islands and see what they’ve been building. There’s also a main island to visit and shows what the full potential of your empire is. The player-base also likes to joke about the massive cathedral being built in the center of Northborough as being a sick joke of the labor variety.

Final Verdict: Overall, Anno Online presents a compelling experience for strategy gaming veterans and newcomers looking for a game they can log in from anywhere at anytime and create something beautiful. The citizenry has simple needs; access to market, food, drink, clothing, community, and religion. Give them all of these things and you will be able to grow your empire into something. Gather all the resources their increasingly advanced society demands through the many labor structures necessary and you’ll be surely on your way to profiting rather than losing the money of your land. Anno Online earns itself an 8.75 out of 10 because if the community ever stopped playing it may become slightly boring and way too difficult for those who would benefit greatly from the currently booming online player count. As it stands this game is fantastic and seems to be taking off quite nicely. Head over right now (click HERE) and give it a try.

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Overall Score: 8.75/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Ubisoft Blue Byte / Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: PC

Review Copy Info- This game is free-to-play and digital vouchers for in-game credits were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130717 and was last modified on 20130717 .