Neo Atlas 1469 is an interesting combination of strategy, economic game and visual novel, set in 15th century Portugal. The Japanese studio Artdink is responsible for the production of the title. It has existed since 1986 and has specialized in various strategy games. Neo Atlas 1469 is a remake of the PlayStation game Neo Atlas II, which was released only on the Japanese market in 1999.
Action of Neo Atlas 1469 begins in 1466 in Portugal. Players learn the story of Antonio Gomez, an Admiral, who served in our trading company but disappeared at sea after a battle with pirates. The first three years in-game are spent on rebuilding the company, hiring new ship captains, and searching for the wreck of Gomez's ship. After that time, the king of Portugal himself tasks us with the campaigns main objective. He gives us thirty years to find a legendary country called Zipang (Japan), which is supposed to contain enormous wealth and possess huge resources of gold and silver. The plot was presented in the visual novel fashion, through dialogues with various NPCs.
Most of the fun in Neo Atlas 1469 takes place on a huge map of the world. At the beginning of the game, its only revealed part presents Europe and the northern coast of Africa. To find Zipang, we have to start sending expeditions that explore unknown seas and lands. At the same time, we must open up trade routes. They finance our expeditions and allow us to sell exotic resources found by our captains.
Expeditions are the most unique element of the game. We do not directly control the ship or the course of the expedition but listen to the report of its captain, which summarizes the adventures and describes the discovered lands. We can accept or reject the report. By choosing the first option, we discover another piece of the map and sometimes get access to new resources. Thanks to this system, the image of the world built in this way is different every time and can take completely fantastic shapes.
Economic model of Neo Atlas 1469 is simple and should not cause problems to players who have not previously had frequent contact with strategy games. In addition to trade, we also deal with hiring new employees and the purchase of ships. With a bit of luck, we can also find hidden treasures, which translates into a significant financial bonus.
Neo Atlas 1469 features colorful comic-boo-like design, not different from what we can see in many indie productions and mobile titles.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1/10