- Jan 21, 2018
PC Gamer - 8.4/10
Twinfinite - 7/10Script carbuncles aside, Anno 1800 is a rich and sumptuous city-builder, easily the grandest and deepest Anno to date. Its early game is a wonderfully relaxing experience, while the later stages will have you scratching your mutton-chops and happily stretching your braces in equal measure.
IGN - 8.1Certainly not for the casual fan, Anno 1800 is a glorious exploration of a glorious age. It is a technical achievement for strategy gaming that goes unrivaled, and while its complexity may be a roadblock for some, the return on your investment would make even the greediest fat cat smile.
PCGamesN - 7/10Anno 1800 is a grind at times, but those moments of “eureka” when I’d figure out production rhythms and layouts that kept me operating in the green were delightful. It toes a difficult line of welcoming strategy gaming novices while also providing gameplay that experienced tacticians can maximize, with a well-crafted story-based campaign adding on to an already tried-and-true sandbox formula. It’s a beautiful game to look at as well with only one minor issue that you have to really focus in on to see. Outright newcomers to this type of game will have a tough go at it, as important elements of Anno 1800 aren’t given comprehensive tutorials, but diligent gamers will excitedly watch hours fly by once they get settled in.
Gamersnet.nl (Dutch) 9.3/10Nevertheless, Anno 1800 paints a gorgeous, idealised picture of the industrial age. It saturates you in the glory days of empire from way on high without getting its fingers too dirty, and propels you through the era, eager to showcase its many curiosities and machinery, step-by-inevitable-step.
It’s a triumph of presentation, and the decision to reintroduce rivals to play against breathes character and replayability into a series that had been going stale with its cold, lonesome outings. Anno 1800 is no Industrial Revolution, but it’s certainly on the path to progress.
Spaziogames.it (Italian) - 8/10
Eurogamer.it (Italian) 8/10
TheGamesMachine (Italian) 8.1/10
Glitched Africa 8.5/10
GRY-Online.pl (Polish) 8/10
IGN Benelux (Dutch) - 9/10
TechTudo.com.br (Portugese) - 8.8/10
GameKult (French) 8/10
Cerealkillerz (German) 8.7/10Bigger picture, I’d like to see a more daring setting next time as well. Anno 1800 returns the series to its roots after two games away, which is fine, but it does feel like playing it safe after the creatively daring 2070 and 2205. It’d be great to see another departure soon—say, an Anno starring the Phoenicians or another ancient trade empire.
But Anno 1800 will do for now. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and it’s a bit rough around the edges, but Anno’s still the most fun you can have with a glorified spreadsheet. Just be sure to build lots of bakeries.
Warlegend (French) 9/10
Actugaming.net (French) 9/10
Gamer-info.com (Russian) 8.8/10
JeuxActu.com (French) 8.5/10