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You wish to make your fortune in China, in this adaptation of James Clavell's book. First job is to get enough of a loan to buy a ship; once you have this, and get a crew either by paying them or simply kidnapping them, you can begin trading.

The game has three main stages, and a number of different gameplay elements, largely allowing you choose your own path. Initially you walk the streets trying to get the right elements and people, then you head out onto the waters to head to other trading cities. Upon approaching other ships you can board them and do battle with their inhabitants.


Tai-Pan ZX Spectrum A typical Chinese street
Tai-Pan ZX Spectrum One of the key shops
Tai-Pan ZX Spectrum I know how hard it is to put food on your family
Tai-Pan ZX Spectrum The first piece of the jigsaw in place

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Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Tai Pan" -- Alternate spelling (media)

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Crash! Aug, 1987 93 out of 100 93
The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1987 77 out of 100 77
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1987 755 out of 1000 76


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Martin Smith (62812) added Tai-Pan (ZX Spectrum) on Nov 16, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (174817) and Martin Smith (62812)