In the lines of Ages of Empires, Sim City, and a lot of other building placement & strategy games - very fun & relaxing to play. The big difference is the jump from the PC to the Wii screen. In spite of the comparisons, I feel this game has a unique approach, and I did not feel it was a rehash.
The Controls: logical and easy to work with. In the in-between sailing parts, the building placements and the buying/selling interfaces were "spot on", and provided many hours of interesting interaction. I love the wii-mote controls anyway, and I know to position myself in the center of the room - not too close to tv - for best pointing sensitivity.
The Story: a simple, compelling classic (and typical) story found in history themed games - nothing surprising there, but the way it's woven into the gameplay is what I find of value. The storytelling mode vs continuous play mode offers two styles, depending on your mood. Following the story and missions did not leave me bored for a minute!
Strategy: the exploration, the interaction between characters, the various buildings, resource gathering/trade, keeping the settlers happy, and growing the population - it seems like the took all the great parts out of my favorite RTS's and put them into an easier, more fun-centric game here. When I say easier, I mean the begrudging, laborious parts are removed, and the pace and challenges increase as the chapters progress. As in ie: SimCity, I was not left asking "ok, now what??" at any point.
Graphics: Clean, colorful, well-done, expected graphics level in my opinion. Zooming in and out worked and looked great. The narrators & narration needs to get a lot of credit. The talking head characters are lifelike and keep you involved throughout. Sometimes they repeat something as a warning or reminder, but that only happens if you are neglecting your goals. They mostly keep the game moving and make announcements.
Overall: I was impressed and see the family replaying this.
There are a few strategy games I find addictive and this very quickly became one of them. I like the multiple aspects of developing and managing colonies. While I've read negative reviews of the story mode, I think you need to look at it as a very long tutorial, except in this case there's an elaborate story that goes with it. I liked the story mode because it gave the game a whole background scenario. So when you're playing in the continuous mode, you know the characters and what's happening. To jump right into continuous mode is fine, but you need to realize 1) there's a steep learning curve because of the multifaceted aspect of this game and 2) there's no signal or mark for stopping once all the achievements are complete. For those who like a little context with their gameplay, there really isn't much point after that.
A couple of issues though: 1) you need a very steady hand for plopping down buildings. Depending on how sensitive the controls are, you may end up putting things a bit out of place. I overcame this by zooming in closer to the spot I'm targeting. 2) The controls in military mode when you move troops around is quite laborious. Especially getting from the ship to the beachhead and then onto the rest of the island. There is a time lag as the troops march through the island, which takes so long that a building might already be taken by the time the troops get there. The trick I found was to place two barracks right next to each other, when defending an island. This way there's no lag time to defend one or the other and you can send troops out of one while using the troops on the second to evenly distribute troops between the two barracks. Focus on the barracks which either allows you produce more troops and prevents the opponent from doing the same.
posted by TechDelta (MEADOW VISTA, CA) Jul 27, 2009
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Dawn of Discovery Is A Great Game...Good Details... The Tutorial Taught It Very Very Well The Games Levels Were So Much Fun =) And The Continuous Helped Not Make It Bored Afterwards Building Things And Getting Things Was Great!!!...Bad Details... The Games Fighting Thing Was Too Simple -But Was Easy To Overcome- If You Have Only Have The Wii Controller It Can Become A Hassle To Move... If You Also Have The Nunchuck Moving Is Much Much Easier......... I Really Liked This Game... It Was Alot Of Fun And Easy To Learn... I Would Suggest This Game For The Ages Of 8-13 Maybe 14... I Would Also Say This Game Has 8 to 15 Days Of Good Fun =).... Hope I Helped xD I Am 13