Parents' Guide to

1701 AD

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Well-designed colony-building series for tweens.

Game Windows 2006
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Players will find much to like in this game. The menus and controls remain elegantly designed, allowing players to micro-manage without it seeming overwhelming or boring. Updated graphics sparkle with fun little details. The challenge is appropriate, and players will quickly find themselves being warned by the game that they have been playing for a couple hours and might want to take a break.

The grievances are few and small. Although the game has multiplayer capability, at least over the Internet, it isn't a great option. It simply takes too long to get to the point where the level of interaction with other players gets interesting. Also, although battle sequences are stronger than in the previous renditions, they're not going to get many military strategists excited -- only a few troop types exist and winning a battle usually depends solely on who has the biggest army.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Related Designs
  • Release date: November 6, 2006
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for alchohol and tobacco reference; mild language; violence
  • Last updated: March 16, 2020

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