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
Tradewinds 22005Android, iPhone, J2ME, Palm OS, webOS, Windows, Windows MobileAstraware Limited...
X³: Reunion2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Interactive Inc.3.67
Wing Commander: Privateer - Gemini Gold2005Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life2004iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Wii, Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Xbox 3602K Games, Inc.4.07
Port Royale 22004WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.92
Space Rangers 2: Dominators2004WindowsCinemaware, Inc.4.03
X²: Die Bedrohung (Collectors Edition)2004WindowsDeep Silver...
The Great Art Race2004WindowsAkella...
Sid Meier's Pirates! (Limited Edition)2004WindowsAtari, Inc.4.35
Transcendence 2003Windows...
Die Gilde: Gaukler, Gruften & Geschütze2003WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG...
The Guild: Gold Edition2003WindowsAspyr Media, Inc....
Interstellar Trader 22003WindowsShrapnel Games, Inc....
Freelancer2003WindowsMicrosoft Game Studios3.83
Pirate Hunter2003WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.38
Pirates of the Caribbean2003Windows, XboxBethesda Softworks LLC3.25
EVE Online2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.86
X²: The Threat2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEnlight Software Ltd.3.42
Flatspace2003iPhone, WindowsCornutopia Software3.08
Tradewinds2003Palm OS, Windows, Windows MobileWildTangent, Inc....
Patrician III2003WindowsEncore Software, Inc.3.61
FreeCol2003Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Space Rangers2002Windows1C Company4.06
Europa 1400: The Guild2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.27
Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates2002WindowsTri Synergy, Inc.3.51
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Selected Covers

The Great Art Race Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Great Art Race
Pirate Hunter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pirate Hunter

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from The Great Art Race
Scenario briefing.
Screenshot from Pirate Hunter
Main menu (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)
Screenshot from EVE Online
Title Screen
Screenshot from Freelancer
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