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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Patrician1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAscon (U.K.) Ltd.4.10
Dynatech1992Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes3.50
18691992Amiga, DOSFlair Software Ltd.3.34
Oil Barons1992Amiga, DOSLobo Software...
Hyperspeed1991DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.45
Merchant Colony1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMerit Studios, Inc....
Druglord1991DOSFantasyWare, Inc.3.96
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.79
Uncharted Waters1990DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNESKOEI Corporation3.96
Trade Wars 20021990DOS, Windows...
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.89
Space Rogue1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.86
Socher Hayam1989DOSCET...
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula1989Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Reederei1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64ariolasoft GmbH...
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH...
Biznesman1988DOSSamba S.A....
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza...
Vermeer1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Ports of Call1987Amiga, Android, DOS, iPhoneAegis Development, Inc.3.71
Tai-Pan1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.4.08
Sid Meier's Pirates!1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, PC BooterMicroProse Software, Inc.4.04
Hanse1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Total Eclipse1985Dragon 32/64J. Penn Discount Software...
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Selected Covers

Vermeer Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Vermeer
1869 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for 1869
Space Rogue Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Space Rogue
Fugger Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Fugger

Selected Screenshots

Title and credits
Screenshot from Socher Hayam
Loading screen
Screenshot from Handel Zagraniczny
Title screen
Screenshot from Vermeer
From the Intro
Screenshot from 1869
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