Merchant / Trade-oriented games

Group Description

This game group is dedicated to games where its primary (or secondary) gameplay focuses on trading/bartering goods, resources, or items for a profit. The player usually plays the role of an individual travelling trader, or merchant company, or a nation, with the process of trade is conducted manually (not computer automated). Depending on the game, profit may be obtained by the player through manually selecting and buying goods in one location and selling them at another location (shops, towns, planets, etc.).

Merchant / trade-oriented games usually have the following characteristics:
  • Obtaining profit through trade is usually explicitly expressed throughout the game or through official sources (e.g. game manual, etc.).
  • Trade must be conducted by the player manually. Thus, gameplay may consist of the player researching goods and price differences for a profitable route.
  • Computer-assisted scripts may be provided optionally to the player (e.g. caravan routes, etc.).
  • Trade goods/items usually have no practical use or additional benefits to the player (e.g. cannot be used or equipped).
  • Does not apply to games where although trade may exist as an integral part of the game, it is automatically set (though a computer animated script which may be manually created within the game), thus does not require the manual selling of goods or items (i.e. political/war-themed games such as Sid Meier's Civilization or 4x games does not apply). The term trading simulation is commonly used in this respect.
  • Does not apply to role-playing games (RPGs) or any genre, where items, including weapons and armor may be available for buying and selling, does not necessarily primary gameplay intent of buying/selling items for profit, as intended by this game group, unless the game optionally and explicitly expresses trade as an integral part of the gameplay.
  • Does not apply to games where the player may buy or sell parts/accessories for the player's car, rubber ducky, spaceship, or other forms of transportation.
  • To be limited from sport-themed managerial games, where the player can buy or sell players, etc.
  • Not to be confused with managerial games which although focuses on managing resources, trade is usually set automatically.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Sunless Sea2015Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd...
Abyss2014Atari 8-bit2.50
Pioneer2013Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.50
X: Rebirth2013WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH...
Port Royale 3: New Adventures2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Port Royale 3: Harbour Master2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Port Royale 3: Dawn of Pirates2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd.5.00
Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword2011WindowsParadox Interactive AB2.85
Mount & Blade: Warband2010Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C Company3.93
Ancient Trader2010Windows, Xbox 3604 Kids Games...
X Superbox2010WindowsDeep Silver...
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale2010WindowsCarpe Fulgur LLC3.62
X³: Gold Edition2009WindowsDeep Silver...
The Patrician 1+22009WindowsKalypso Media GmbH...
Smugglers IV: Doomsday2009WindowsMatrix Games, Ltd.2.17
East India Company2009Windows1C Company3.68
Dawn of Discovery2009Nintendo DS, WiiUbisoft, Inc.3.57
Die Gilde DS2009Nintendo DSRTL Playtainment...
EVE Online (Special Edition)2009Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.29
East India Company: Privateer2009WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
X³: Reunion (Special Edition)2008LinuxLinux Game Publishing Ltd....
Ports of Call 2008 Deluxe2008Windowsastragon Software GmbH3.50
X3 Pack2008WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH...
Mount&Blade2008Windows1C Company3.56
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Selected Covers

Ancient Trader Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Ancient Trader
X Superbox Windows Front Cover
Front cover for X Superbox

Selected Screenshots

Main menu - An animated background goes back and forth.
Screenshot from Ancient Trader
Main menu.
Screenshot from Smugglers IV: Doomsday
Title screen
Screenshot from Abyss
Title screen with main menu
Screenshot from Pioneer