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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).
Limitations
  • 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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
1193 Anno Domini: Merchants and Crusader2001WindowsBlackstar Interactive GmbH1.33
1701 A.D.2006WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.16
1701 A.D.: Gold Edition2008WindowsAspyr Media, Inc....
18691992Amiga, DOSFlair Software Ltd.3.45
Abyss2014Atari 8-bit2.50
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery2007Nintendo DSUbisoft Entertainment SA4.21
Anno 1701 (Limited Edition)2006WindowsDeep Silver4.50
Anno 1701: The Sunken Dragon2007WindowsDeep Silver4.00
Arctic Baron1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSilmarils3.47
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A.3.00
Business Man 20002001Windows4.00
Canton: An Atlas Pathfinder Adventure1994DOSNNN Software...
Caravaneer2007Browser, WindowsSugar Free Games, S.L.3.60
Darkstar One2006Windows, Xbox 360CDV Software Entertainment AG3.60
Dawn of Discovery2009Nintendo DS, WiiUbisoft, Inc.3.57
Die Fugger II1996DOS, WindowsSunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software GmbH4.70
Die Gilde DS2009Nintendo DSRTL Playtainment...
Die Gilde: Gaukler, Gruften & Geschütze2003WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG...
Dope Wars1998WindowsBeermat Software3.70
Drug Wars: A Game Based on the New York Drug Market1984DOS2.50
Dynatech1992Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes3.00
East India Company2009Windows1C Company3.62
East India Company: Privateer2009WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
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Selected Covers

Arctic Baron Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Arctic Baron
Die Fugger II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Die Fugger II
East India Company Windows Front Cover
Front cover for East India Company
1701 A.D.: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for 1701 A.D.: Gold Edition

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (as Arctic Baron)
Screenshot from Arctic Baron
Game window
Screenshot from Business Man 2000
Start a new game! Multiplayer or single?
Screenshot from Dope Wars
Scene from the introduction sequence
Screenshot from East India Company