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Ubisoft is giving away free Anno 1602 to everyone in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved series. The first game was released on September 24th, 1998 with huge success. Anyone who wants a free copy for the game can claim their copy from this link.
Anno 1602 is a real time strategy game, set in the Early Modern (around the 17th century) period of history. The game is based around colony building and resource management on a series of small islands. It includes aspects of exploration, combat, diplomacy and trade. It is set in the same period as Sid Meier's Colonization, but involves more detailed colony management, with no "Old World" politics.
Parts, like expansion and movement of resources, are similar to the early Settlers games. 1602 is an economic, rather than combat, orientated strategy game. Players are rarely challenged in battle. The game design is noteworthy for its attempt to implement a 'progressive' AI (Artificial Intelligence). This should mean that the pace of the game changes in response to how quickly players act.