I love strategy games and played all of the Advanced Wars series. I also liked Age of Empires but got bored after 20 hours or so. Anno 1701 is better than the DS Age of Empires and very close to the PC version of Anno 1701. It really deserves an 8.5 rating but they crammed a ton of features into an easy to use system. I love the idea that I can assign quick access menu hot keys for the menu items I use frequently (like roads and storage capacity). And I can also reassign hot keys during game play such as Tactics to build and deploy troops. The only complaint that takes away from game play is the inability to rotate the map. In areas where mining ore or stone is needed from all four sides of a mountain, you can only access two sides to place a mine. When your island grows, it is also hard to place roads between structures. But, any good micromanager will know to place the roads prior to building, so you can work around that issue. Combat is good and simple, create troops in one area and request them in another, then send them to attack. This is a good paced real time strategy game that stands right behind the Advanced Wars series and just above Age of Empires and more enjoyable than Theme Park. I should be able to compare Anno to Drone Tactics and Toy Shop soon.
yes: I recommend this product