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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Whale's Voyage II: Die Übermacht1995Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSneo Software Produktions GmbH4.00
Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer TwinPack1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Sid Meier's Colonization1994Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.93
Privateer: Righteous Fire1994DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.79
Hanse: Die Expedition1994Amiga, DOSAscon GmbH3.17
Wing Commander: Privateer (CD-ROM Edition)1994DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
Canton: An Atlas Pathfinder Adventure1994DOSNNN Software...
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
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Nomad1993DOSGameTek, Inc.3.77
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
Seven Cities of Gold: Commemorative Edition1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.38
Whale's Voyage1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSPro One Software3.00
New Horizons1993DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, PC-98, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii UKOEI Co., Ltd.4.00
Oil Barons1992Amiga, DOSLobo Software3.00
18691992Amiga, DOSFlair Software Ltd.3.45
The Patrician1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAscon (U.K.) Ltd.4.10
Dynatech1992Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes3.00
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.79
Merchant Colony1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMerit Studios, Inc.4.10
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
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Selected Covers

Hanse: Die Expedition DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hanse: Die Expedition
New Horizons DOS Front Cover
Front cover for New Horizons
Pirates! Gold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pirates! Gold
1869 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for 1869
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Hanse: Die Expedition
Title screen 1
Screenshot from New Horizons
Title screen
Screenshot from Pirates! Gold
Title screen
Screenshot from Oil Barons
From the Intro
Screenshot from 1869