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Commander: Conquest of the Americas
Хозяева морей. Завоевание Америки - Russian spelling
If the player engages in combat the game switches to its own combat screen with up to 30 ships. The goal is of course to navigate the ships skillfully to sink the hostile units. This can be played with regular real-time strategy controls or by controlling the ships directly with the keyboard. Battles can be automatically calculated if the player doesn't want to fight himself. All of the 14 ships have certain advantages and disadvantages; some of them are only available in later years. The captains can be upgraded over time by giving them special abilities like faster sailing but this is the only part of the game which resembles RPG elements or research options.
The game offers three modes: free playing, campaign or instant ship battles. During the campaign the player receives missions from his advisors, e.g. getting a certain amount of gold bars in a limited amount of time. Success or failure influences the advisors' mood; if it sinks too low the game ends. The player can set routes and therefore automate regular trading activities.