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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire1994DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.79
Canton: An Atlas Pathfinder Adventure1994DOSNNN Software...
Wing Commander: Privateer (CD-ROM Edition)1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Sid Meier's Colonization1994Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.93
Hanse: Die Expedition1994Amiga, DOSAscon GmbH3.17
Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer TwinPack1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
New Horizons1993DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii UKOEI Co., Ltd.4.00
Seven Cities of Gold: Commemorative Edition1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.38
Whale's Voyage1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSPro One Software3.00
Pirates! Gold1993Amiga CD32, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMicroProse Software, Inc.3.85
Wing Commander: Privateer1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.40
Merchant Prince1993DOSQuantum Quality Productions3.74
Arctic Baron1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSilmarils3.47
Kupiec1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Windows 3.xASF s.c.3.00
Nomad1993DOSGameTek, Inc.3.77
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
18691992Amiga, DOSFlair Software Ltd.3.45
Dynatech1992Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes3.00
Oil Barons1992Amiga, DOSLobo Software3.00
The Patrician1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAscon (U.K.) Ltd.4.10
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.79
Druglord1991DOSFantasyWare, Inc.3.96
Merchant Colony1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMerit Studios, Inc.4.10
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
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Selected Covers

Merchant Prince DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Merchant Prince
Whale's Voyage DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Whale's Voyage
Nomad DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Nomad

Selected Screenshots

Game options/info
Screenshot from Kupiec
Title screen.
Screenshot from Druglord
Title Screen
Screenshot from Merchant Prince
Title Screen
Screenshot from Whale's Voyage
Title screen
Screenshot from Nomad