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Tycho / on Mon, Feb 3 2003 at 8:37 am

Das New Worlden

Absentmindledly sifting through gaming news a month or so ago, I saw a list of Germany’s top ten games of 2002.  This list in particular showed a game at number one that I had never heard of - Anno 1503.  This list wasn’t just strategy games or just German games or just games with Anno in the title, this was the complete list - so why had I never heard of this game Germans crave above all others?

Apparently Electronic Arts saw fit to give the game a US release, because they’re releasing it in the US.  In fact, it should be here March 4th, as man reckons time.  A demo for it popped up and then popped back down again because, well, I don’t know why, and I don’t particularly care either because I have it. 

I am of the opinion that it is marvelous.  There is just a lot to the simulation.  For example:  Where most games are satisfied to let you click somewhere and build a town hall, The New World sports a much more rigorous scheme. 

To Build A Town Hall:

  • First, pause in the stillness before creation.

  • Then, gently alter the fundamental properties of the universe so as to siphon worldstuff via the anomalous geysers of existence.

  • Fashion planets and seed them with potential life in the form of seemingly random proteins.

  • Bake on 450.

  • Sculpt an idyllic no-place that your sentient children will despoil.

I have been playing it for six days, and I only just took a break yesterday.  All I’m saying is that there is a lot to it.


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