Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery is a real-time strategy video game of the Anno franchise for the Nintendo DS. The game makes extensive use of the system's touch screen capabilities. There are three game mode options, consisting of a story mode, continuous play, and multiplayer.
Although it was branded under the Touchstone Games branding in Europe, it is actually an independently-made game that Disney Interactive Studios acquired the publishing rights for in those regions (the Anno games were published by various companies). The game was published by Ubisoft in North American regions a year after being released in Europe, as by then the company had acquired the Anno IP.
The player begins with a ship stocked with the necessary items to start a settlement. The player is able to order it to explore until he/she finds an island that is suitable for settling and building a new colony. If the settlers are satisfied with everything they need, they will go up to the next stage. As they move through each stage, they will demand more things. In continuous play mode the player can choose up to three rivals, which will advance about the same rate as the player. As the settlers advance through each stage of settlement, the player can build warships and send to possessed island and build beachheads and then attack military buildings. If the player captures all of them, the island is theirs. The story mode is similar, but the player needs to fulfill specific tasks to proceed.
Metacritic recorded a score of 78/100 based on 14 reviews. IGN gave it 7.8/10, calling it "versatile" and "lots of fun".
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