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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 additional benefits to the player (e.g. cannot be used or equipped).
Limitations:
  • Does not apply to games where trade although exists as an integral part of the game, is automatically set (though a computer animated script which may be manually created within the game), thus does not require 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 common adventure role-playing games (RPGs), 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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French Fur Trader1978Commodore PET/CBMCreative Computing Software...
Galactic Trader1979Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80Adventure International2.80
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing...
Taipan1982Apple IIAvalanche Productions Inc.4.17
Une affaire en or1984Amstrad CPC, Oric, Thomson TOFree Game Blot3.69
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
The Seven Cities of Gold1984Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Macintosh, PC BooterElectronic Arts, Inc.3.84
Star Trader1984TRS-80 CoCoComputerware...
Drug Wars: A Game Based on the New York Drug Market1984DOS2.50
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software4.50
Hanse1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Tai-Pan1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.4.08
Sid Meier's Pirates!1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC BooterMicroProse Software, Inc.3.97
Ports of Call1987Amiga, DOS, iPhoneAegis International3.70
Vermeer1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza1.75
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A.3.00
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH3.25
Reederei1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64ariolasoft GmbH3.25
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.72
Socher Hayam1989DOSCET...
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Trade Wars 20021990DOS, Windows3.33
Uncharted Waters1990DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNESKOEI Corporation4.04
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Selected Covers

Space Rogue Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Space Rogue
Tai-Pan MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Tai-Pan
Elite DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Elite

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Total Eclipse
Opening Screen
Screenshot from Taipan
Title screen
Screenshot from Biznesman