Back in May, Ubisoft announced that the popular city-building strategy series ANNO was coming to the iPad in an original, built-for-touchscreen experience called ANNO: Build an Empire. Today, that game has soft-launched in the Canadian App Store. As with the other games in the ANNO series, you’ll start off by colonizing an unihabited island, collecting resources and enticing people to live there. You’ll need to balance all the city building and resource management to keep your inhabitants happy, and eventually, you’ll be able to branch out and trade with neighboring islands and even control multiple islands of your own at the same time.
This is the first time that a full ANNO game has been released for iOS, though a spinoff called Dawn of Discovery – Harbor was released on the App Store way back in 2010. ANNO: Build an Empire is a free to play game and requires an internet connection to play, two things that are good to be aware of. An internet connection is self-explanatory, but I’ll be interested to see how well (or poorly) the free to play system has been implemented. If you have access to a Canadian App Store account, you can grab ANNO: Build an Empire for free with the link below, and can find discussion of the game in our forums. When a date is announced for a worldwide launch, we’ll let you know.
Canadian App Store Link: ANNO: Build an Empire, Free (iPad Only)