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Reviewed: 1602 A.D.
Author: Chris Kim       Date: February 12th 2000
Page: 4

Final Breakdown


While the game may not offer the excitement, action, and fury that Unreal Tournament might, the integration of several genres into a civilization builder come together excellently to provide a very deep and interesting gameplay experience that all fans of the genre should look into. The only troublesome part of the game is the trading system, which can be easily overcome.


Nothing revolutionary or overly flashy, the graphics offer a quaint environment that is a pleasure to play in. The graphics then provide an experience that shouldn't hassle or challenge any computer system at all because they offer not too much complexity aside from being easy on the eye. Also supports high resolutions with nice animations, excuse the cutscenes though.

Sound and Music:

Again very similar to how the graphics relate, nothing really special, a no frills deal. What you get is a nice set of sound effects that balance the gameplay a little bit more by adding queues and some nice musical additions that are nice to listen to.


Just the same as single player only problem is that finding a match or opponent to play with would be extremely challenging because of the not so large distribution and limited online playing options included in the game.

AI and Difficulty:

Excellent AI balance and difficulty. It should be easy for all gamers of all genre fans to get into the game within a few minutes and it also offers a great set of tutorials that allow the gamers to have a nice and smooth transition in the game. The dynamic adjusting AI is something to really look highly upon as well.

Controls and Interface:

Everything in the game is easy to control and move around with and also includes several shortcuts or enhancements if you will, that add flexibility to the game. But there are a few flaws with the trading system and a little bit of cluttering is a problem.


Solid civilization builder that all fans of the genre may want to check out. Even if you aren't a fan of the particular genre, you may enjoy some of the fresh new features in the game that makes it enjoyable to all gamers all around.

Pluses (+)
  • Deep and Complex Gameplay
  • Great AI and Difficulty Balance
  • Several Gameplay Modes
  • Lots of Missions to Play
  • Minuses (-)
  • Trading System is Flawed
  • Average Graphics and Sound
  • Many Missions Play and Feel the Same
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    Added:  Saturday, February 12, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Page: 4/5

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