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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
French Fur Trader1978Commodore PET/CBMCreative Computing Software...
Galactic Trader1979Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80Adventure International...
Taipan1982Apple IIAvalanche Productions Inc....
Merchant of Venus1982ZX81Crystal Computing...
Planetfall1983Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, ZX SpectrumASP Software Ltd....
The Seven Cities of Gold1984Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Macintosh, PC BooterElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Une affaire en or1984Amstrad CPC, Exelvision, Oric, Thomson MO, Thomson TOFree Game Blot...
Drug Wars: A Game Based on the New York Drug Market1984DOS...
Star Trader1984TRS-80 CoCoComputerware...
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.59
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software...
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.4.04
Tai-Pan1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.4.08
Vermeer1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Ports of Call1987Amiga, Android, DOS, iPhoneAegis Development, Inc.3.71
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza...
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A....
Reederei1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64ariolasoft GmbH...
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH...
Socher Hayam1989DOSCET...
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.85
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
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Selected Covers

Space Rogue Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Space Rogue
Reederei Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Reederei
Sid Meier's Pirates! PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Sid Meier's Pirates!
Fugger Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Fugger

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Handel Zagraniczny
Title screen with difficulty selection.
Screenshot from Galactic Trader
Introduction: Ready for liftoff.
Screenshot from Space Rogue
Loading screen
Screenshot from Total Eclipse
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159419), Slik (891), Corn Popper (69323), WildKard (12124), piltdown_man (115695), Zerobrain (3024), Alex Z (1599), Karsa Orlong (99869), Alsy (17313), Victor Vance (6616), tarmo888 (5297), Harmony♥ (11772), Evolyzer (10574), Sciere (385200), Kabushi (163027), Roedie (5205), vileyn0id_8088 (16753), Terok Nor (23104), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15593), Oleg Roschin (174012), Sicarius (60808), BurningStickMan (17700), Tomas Pettersson (23272), Zeppin (8330), Macs Black (77747) and Klaster_1 (57823)