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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 additional benefits to the player (e.g. cannot be used or equipped).
Limitations:
  • Does not apply to games where trade although exists as an integral part of the game, is automatically set (though a computer animated script which may be manually created within the game), thus does not require 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 common adventure role-playing games (RPGs), 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
Merchant Prince1993DOSQuantum Quality Productions3.74
Nomad1993DOSGameTek, Inc.3.77
Whale's Voyage1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSPro One Software3.00
Wing Commander: Privateer - Speech Pack1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.56
Seven Cities of Gold (Commemorative Edition)1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.38
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Wing Commander: Privateer1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Kupiec1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Windows 3.xASF s.c.3.00
Pirates! Gold1993Amiga CD32, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
18691992Amiga, DOSFlair Software Ltd.3.45
The Patrician1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAscon (U.K.) Ltd.4.10
Dynatech1992Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes3.00
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
Merchant Colony1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMerit Studios, Inc.4.10
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
Uncharted Waters1990DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNESKOEI Corporation4.04
Trade Wars 20021990DOS, Windows3.33
Socher Hayam1989DOSCET...
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.72
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.81
Reederei1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64ariolasoft GmbH3.25
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH3.25
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A.3.00
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza1.75
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Selected Covers

Dynatech DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dynatech
Elite Plus DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Elite Plus
Merchant Colony DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Merchant Colony
Uncharted Waters DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Uncharted Waters

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Biznesman
Title
Screenshot from Dynatech
EGA/VGA 16 colors: Title screen
Screenshot from Elite Plus
Title Screen
Screenshot from Merchant Colony