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Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates (Windows)

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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93
Armchair Empire, The
Port Royale is the result of the combined effort of Ascaron and Tri-Synergy. It combines the best elements of an action adventure game with economic strategy based in the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy.
88
games xtreme
There is so much to Port Royale that I have not already gone into but it could take another 2 pages to fit it all in, so as a final point I will simply say that overall Port Royale is an entertaining game, the graphics are nicely done and while the game does take some time to get into you will enjoy it, especially if you loved The Patrician I and II.
88
PC Games (Germany)
"Geld und Macht" hatten sich die Hansekapitäne in Patrizier 2 auf die Fahnen geschrieben. Die Packung des Nachfolgers ziert ein drittes Schlagwort: "Kanonen" verheißen Abenteuer, Seeschlachten und Schatzinseln. Port Royale begeistert nicht nur Fans von Wirtschaftssimulationen. Von der rauen Heimat der Patrizier verfrachtet Sie Ascarons neuester Streich an die sonnenverwöhnten Gestade der Karibik. Im ausgehenden 16. Jahrhundert strömen Tausende von Glücksrittern in die neue Welt. Ausgestattet mit einem kleinen Kahn und etwas Startkapital streben auch Sie nach Ruhm und Reichtum.
85
Gamesmania
Kein wirklich neues Spiel, hier erkennt man schon die extrem nahe Verwandtschaft zur Patrizier-Reihe. Das kann aber nicht als negativ gewertet werden, denn Port Royale baut die Stärken des Spielprinzips weiter aus und verbindet diese mit einer atmosphärischen und tollen Spielumgebung. Für Handelsfreaks und Piratenfans einer der wichtigsten Titel des Sommers.
85
GameSpot
However, if there is an obstacle that prevents you from really enjoying all that Port Royale has to offer, it's the game's learning curve, which you should hopefully be able to get past in the first few hours. Over time, you'll see how the interface works to streamline both naval trading and patrolling the seas with warships. Even though you may find moments of frustration with the game's missions and its challenging economic model, digging deep into Port Royale provides a varied and open-ended experience--along with the simple satisfaction of playing as a pirate.
84
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Ascaron levert een juweel van een spel af dat menig piraat voor zijn scherm gekluisterd zal houden.
84
IGN
Hearkening back to the days when Pirates! ruled the computer gaming seas, Port Royale from Ascaron and Tri Synergy plays almost like you might expect Pirates! 2 could possibly turn out. The main difference is that the emphasis is definitely on trading instead of the swashbuckling adventure. Still, Port Royale delivers in this department with an impressive economic system and enough gameplay outside of trading to keep things interesting for those budding entrepreneurs out there.
81
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Port Royale is voor een groot deel gebaseerd op Patrician II, dat echter een vijftiende-eeuwse setting kent in Europa; het handelsysteem steekt dan ook erg goed en vakkundig in elkaar. Gelukkig zijn de zeeslagen en missies een aangename afwisseling tijdens al dat in- en verkopen, en zorgen ze ervoor dat Port Royale behoorlijk verslavend is. We vermoeden wel dat de jongens van Ascaron hun mosterd hebben gehaald bij het Commodore 64-game Pirates!.
81
ActionTrip
Some of the flaws we've encountered along the way often don't reflect on the game's more addictive aspects, and so we feel players should be able to enjoy themselves throughout the entire experience without being bothered by any technical issues or particular setbacks in the gameplay. For those who prefer playing the game against "live" opponents, there's a neat multiplayer mode that allows LAN and Internet. Make no mistake; if Pirates was your favorite pastime back in the old gaming days, then Port Royale will surely reawaken those familiar sparks... Dig in.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Despite the shortcomings of getting started, beware once you finally do. Port Royale is a wonderfully addictive game that is loaded with grand possibilities. There is so much to this title that I was really only able to brush the surface of what lies inside the package with this review. It’s something I’ll be playing and discovering for many more hours to come. The $30 retail price point adds to the attraction for strategy gamers and for fans of the old Microprose Pirates! or Ascaron’s Patrician series – this one is a must have.
80
PC Zone Benelux
Ga eerst even na of je een geduldig en intelligent mens bent voordat je met Port Royale in zee gaat. Voor wie dit opgaat: Ascaron heeft een bekend concept op complexe en diepgaande wijze uitgevoerd, zodat een toegankelijke en boeiende titel is ontstaan.
75
GameSpy
So what's the bottom line, then? For me, only the fact that I was reviewing the game kept me going. If I hadn't had that prompt behind me I would have long since given up in frustration due to the game's huge learning curve. That would have been a huge mistake, though, because there's actually a good game buried in here. Unfortunately, I don't believe most people will want to put in that much work to dig the fun out of Port Royale.
72
GameStar (Germany)
Port Royale (1.15) ist ein nettes Spiel – sofern Sie sich nur auf die Wirtschaft konzentrieren. Und die abwechslungsreichen Missionen versüßen das Konzept. Doch die wichtigen Seeschlachten sind (trotz Patch 1.15) nach wie vor nicht das Gelbe vom Ei. Vor allem in größeren Gefechten verlieren Sie unnötigerweise Schiffe, weil die KI zu dämlich ist. Und was nützt mir die schönste Übermacht bei Hafen-Attacken, wenn ich immer nur mit einem Schiff schießen kann? Zudem bietet der Handelspart weniger als Patrizier 2, die Seeschlachten (das zweite Standbein von Port Royale) sind zu unausgegoren.
71
PC Gamer
Every once in a while, you come across a game you wish had just stuck to one genre. Port Royale is advertised as an RTS, and succeeds well there — but it throws in some “siminess” that forces you to navigate through menus and monitor stats when you’d rather be out building an empire.
70
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
It can be difficult to get into—the manual is thin for such a complex game, and there’s a notable lack of in-game feedback. But taking the time to learn its ins and outs is a worthwhile task: Port Royale otters a great blend of combat and economic strategy.
67
Click!
PORT ROYALE wydaje się być grą bardzo solidną, ale moim zdaniem w tej solidności zabrakło trochę szaleństwa. Po dwóch wieczorach spędzonych na handlowaniu, walkach i budowie przedsiębiorstwa poczułem się trochę znużony i powróciłem do nieśmiertelnego MEDIEVAL: TOTAL WAR, który jakoś od przeszło roku nie może mi się "przejeść". Ot, różnica między robotą solidnego rzemieślnika a natchnionego mistrza!
60
Jeuxvideo.com
L'idée n'était pas mauvaise mais Ascaron a loupé le coche. Trop simple et en même temps trop prise de tête. On se lasse vite de galérer pour ne rien faire, que l'on soit un pro de la gestion ou un débutant. Vous nous le refaites avec un gameplay plus riche, une interface plus fonctionnelle et on en reparle. En attendant Port Royale prend l'eau, oups, pardon, ça m 'a échappé.