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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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
French Fur Trader1978Commodore PET/CBMCreative Computing Software...
Galactic Trader1979Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80Adventure International2.80
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing2.00
Taipan1982Apple IIAvalanche Productions Inc.4.17
Star Trader1984TRS-80 CoCoComputerware...
Une affaire en or1984Amstrad CPC, Oric, Thomson MO, Thomson TOFree Game Blot3.69
Drug Wars: A Game Based on the New York Drug Market1984DOS2.50
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
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software4.50
Hanse1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
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
Tai-Pan1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.4.08
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza1.75
Ports of Call1987Amiga, Android, DOS, iPhoneAegis International3.71
Vermeer1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A.3.00
Reederei1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64ariolasoft GmbH3.25
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH3.25
Socher Hayam1989DOSCET3.75
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.72
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Uncharted Waters1990DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNESKOEI Corporation4.04
Trade Wars 20021990DOS, Windows3.33
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Selected Covers

Sid Meier's Pirates! PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Sid Meier's Pirates!
The Seven Cities of Gold PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for The Seven Cities of Gold
Ports of Call Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Ports of Call
Reederei Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Reederei
Space Rogue Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Space Rogue

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (CGA)
Screenshot from Sid Meier's Pirates!
Loading screen
Screenshot from Total Eclipse
Title screen with difficulty selection.
Screenshot from Galactic Trader
Title screen (CGA with RGB monitor)
Screenshot from The Seven Cities of Gold
Title screen
Screenshot from Biznesman