Release: Apr 2013
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Anno Online belongs to the Anno series of video games. Unlike previous additions in the franchise though the game is free to play and is a browser based experience. The English version of the game went into a closed beta in April of 2013 with open beta starting just under a month later.
Fans of the Anno series looking for a direct comparison to previous titles will find the game has the most resemblance to Anno 1404, but this definitely isn’t just a freemium and trimmed down version of Anno 1404 by any means.
One of the first things you’ll notice from the game is the attractive art style that really helps bring your city to life. Combined with the villager animations that let you watch your citizens go about their daily business the game definitely gives off a living world vibe.
The focus of Anno Online is definitely on the city building although there are bits of strategy and management also within the gameplay. Your goal in Anno Online is to build the most grand city possible while making sure everyone of your townsfolk is looked after. Creating the economic and resource systems to support a large city isn’t easy though and with the huge number of building types to choose from your task isn’t as straightforward as it sounds.
As your tiny island nation advances the demands of your people will rapidly increase which requires you to constantly be upgrading your infrastructure to meet their demands. Anno Online has a few huge jumps in terms of this progress which could definitely be smoothed out a little better to improve the fluency of play but overall this is a very minor issue.
Aside from city building players also have side missions to keep them busy which actually have a great amount of uniqueness to them. One such side quest that will pop up from time to time is the case of the missing villager which requires players to search the uninhabited portions of their island for their missing person and returning them to safety.
Anno Online is just all around impressive and it’s hard to picture this game not growing into one of the big online strategy games in years to come.
- Captures the city building that the Anno series is known for.
- Free to play in your browser.
- Impressive visuals bring your city to life.
- Unique, fun and sometimes quirky side missions break up the core gameplay.
- Huge number of buildings to build.