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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).
  • 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 Guild 2: Venice2008WindowsBuka Entertainment2.29
X³: Terran Conflict2008Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDeep Silver3.48
1701 A.D.: Gold Edition2008WindowsAspyr Media, Inc....
Sid Meier's Pirates!2007PSP2K Games, Inc.4.20
Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot2007Windows1C Company4.00
The Guild: Universe2007WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG...
Caravaneer2007Browser, WindowsSugar Free Games, S.L.3.60
X2/X3 Pack2007WindowsDeep Silver...
Zombie Smashers X3: Ninjastarmageddon!2007WindowsSka Studios, LLC4.17
Anno 1701: The Sunken Dragon2007WindowsDeep Silver4.00
The Guild 2: Pirates of the European Seas2007WindowsDeep Silver4.04
Spaceforce: Rogue Universe2007WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.4.00
The Guild 2: Gold Edition2007Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH5.00
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery2007Nintendo DSUbisoft Entertainment SA4.29
X³: Reunion - Game of the Year Edition2006WindowsDeep Silver...
Anno 1701 (Limited Edition)2006WindowsDeep Silver4.50
1701 A.D.2006WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.18
The Guild 22006WindowsDeep Silver3.94
Darkstar One2006Windows, Xbox 360CDV Software Entertainment AG3.60
X³: Reunion 2.0 - Game of the Year 2007 Edition2006WindowsDeep Silver4.00
X³: Reunion (Collector's Edition)2005WindowsDeep Silver...
Tradewinds 22005Android, iPhone, J2ME, Palm OS, webOS, Windows, Windows MobileAstraware Limited3.83
X³: Reunion2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Interactive Inc.3.80
Wing Commander: Privateer - Gemini Gold2005Linux, Macintosh, Windows4.81
Space Rangers 2: Dominators2004WindowsCinemaware, Inc.4.02
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Selected Covers

The Guild 2: Venice Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Guild 2: Venice
1701 A.D.: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for 1701 A.D.: Gold Edition

Selected Screenshots

Game introduction.
Screenshot from Caravaneer
Main Menu
Screenshot from The Guild 2: Venice
Main Title
Screenshot from 1701 A.D.