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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Dragon Trader2016AndroidDigital Apptisans...
Sunless Sea2015iPad, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd...
Holy Potatoes!: A Weapon Shop?!2015iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsRising Star Games Ltd....
Abyss2014Atari 8-bit...
X: Rebirth2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH...
Pioneer2013Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Port Royale 3: Dawn of Pirates2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword2011WindowsParadox Interactive AB2.93
Ancient Trader2010Windows, Xbox 3604 Kids Games...
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale2010WindowsCarpe Fulgur LLC3.65
Mount & Blade: Warband2010Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One1C Company3.90
Dawn of Discovery2009Nintendo DS, WiiUbisoft, Inc.3.57
Smugglers IV: Doomsday2009WindowsMatrix Games, Ltd....
East India Company: Privateer2009WindowsParadox Interactive AB...
East India Company2009Windows1C Company...
Europe 14002009BrowserGameforge Productions GmbH...
Die Gilde DS2009Nintendo DSRTL Playtainment...
The Guild 2: Venice2008WindowsBuka Entertainment...
Mount & Blade2008Windows1C Company3.54
X³: Terran Conflict2008Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDeep Silver3.42
Ports of Call 2008 Deluxe2008Windowsastragon Software GmbH...
Zombie Smashers X3: Ninjastarmageddon!2007WindowsSka Studios, LLC...
The Guild: Universe2007WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG...
Caravaneer2007Browser, WindowsSugar Free Games, S.L....
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Selected Covers

X: Rebirth Windows Front Cover
Front cover for X: Rebirth
Europe 1400 Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Europe 1400
Sunless Sea Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Sunless Sea
The Guild: Universe Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Guild: Universe
Dragon Trader Android Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Trader

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Smugglers IV: Doomsday
Main Menu
Screenshot from Mount & Blade: Warband
Main menu
Screenshot from Mount & Blade
Main Menu
Screenshot from The Guild 2: Venice
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