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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Space Rangers2002Windows1C Company4.06
Space Rangers 2: Dominators2004WindowsCinemaware, Inc.4.03
Patrician II: Quest for Power2000WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.65
Merchant Prince II2001WindowsTalonSoft, Inc.3.83
Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot2007Windows1C Company...
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life2004iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Wii, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One2K Games, Inc.4.07
Sid Meier's Pirates!2007PSP2K Games, Inc.4.20
Ports of Call1987Amiga, Android, DOS, iPhoneAegis Development, Inc.3.74
Sea Dogs2000WindowsBethesda Softworks LLC3.77
Spaceforce: Rogue Universe2007WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc....
Escape Velocity Nova2002Macintosh, WindowsAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.85
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis1999WindowsARI Data CD GmbH...
The Seven Cities of Gold1984Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Macintosh, PC BooterElectronic Arts, Inc.3.87
Vermeer: Die Kunst zu erben1997WindowsASCARON Entertainment GmbH...
Port Royale 22004WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.92
Hanse: Die Expedition1994Amiga, DOSAscon GmbH...
The Patrician1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAscon (U.K.) Ltd.4.08
DarkStar One: Collector's Edition2006WindowsASCARON Entertainment GmbH...
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates2002WindowsTri Synergy, Inc.3.51
Patrician III2003WindowsEncore Software, Inc.3.61
Planetfall1983Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, ZX SpectrumASP Software Ltd....
Ports of Call 2008 Deluxe2008Windowsastragon Software GmbH...
Herrscher der Meere1997DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xattic Entertainment Software GmbH4.29
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Selected Covers

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity Nova
The Seven Cities of Gold PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for The Seven Cities of Gold
Sid Meier's Pirates! PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sea Dogs Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Sea Dogs

Selected Screenshots

The closest thing to a box shot that's possible (note the resolution - a mistake in my review).
Screenshot from Escape Velocity Nova
Title screen (CGA with RGB monitor)
Screenshot from The Seven Cities of Gold
Title screen
Screenshot from Sid Meier's Pirates!
Set sail!  The visual splendor of the engine can be seen here as this sloop leaves port.
Screenshot from Sea Dogs
Game group created by Indra is stressed (20706), additional games added to group by Rola (8307), Patrick Bregger (200677), Slik (945), Corn Popper (69396), WildKard (12984), piltdown_man (151440), Zerobrain (3093), Alex Z (1750), Karsa Orlong (138508), Alsy (18614), Victor Vance (10126), tarmo888 (5385), Harmony♡ (20160), Evolyzer (18564), Sciere (505899), Kabushi (206570), Roedie (5253), vileyn0id_8088 (20334), Terok Nor (26546), Игги Друге (46453), JudgeDeadd (21742), Sicarius (61655), Tomas Pettersson (27040), Zeppin (8426), Macs Black (80155) and Klaster_1 (57980)