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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
Port Royale 42020PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneKalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Merchant of the Skies2019Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox OneAbsoDev SIA...
Shop Titans2019Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsKabam, Inc....
Witch Ring Meister2019WindowsStarship Studio...
Winkeltje: The Little Shop2019WindowsSassybot...
X4: Foundations2018Linux, WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH...
Dragon Trader2016AndroidDigital Apptisans...
Holy Potatoes!: A Weapon Shop?!2015iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsRising Star Games Ltd....
Sunless Sea2015iPad, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFailbetter Games Ltd3.73
Abyss2014Atari 8-bit...
Space Rangers HD: A War Apart2013Windows1C Company...
Pioneer2013Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
X: Rebirth2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsEGOSOFT GmbH2.57
Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Kalypso Media Digital Ltd....
Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade2010Macintosh, OnLive, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
Ancient Trader2010Windows, Xbox 3604 Kids Games...
Mount & Blade: Warband2010Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox One1C Company3.91
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale2010WindowsCarpe Fulgur LLC3.65
East India Company2009Windows1C Company...
Europe 14002009BrowserGameforge Productions GmbH...
Smugglers IV: Doomsday2009WindowsMatrix Games, Ltd....
Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword2009Windows1C Company2.93
Die Gilde DS2009Nintendo DSRTL Playtainment...
Dawn of Discovery2009Nintendo DS, WiiUbisoft, Inc.3.55
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Selected Covers

Sunless Sea Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Sunless Sea
Shop Titans iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Shop Titans
Europe 1400 Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Europe 1400
Pioneer Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Pioneer
Die Gilde DS Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Die Gilde DS

Selected Screenshots

Title screen with main menu
Screenshot from Pioneer
Main Menu
Screenshot from Mount & Blade: Warband
Scene from the introduction sequence
Screenshot from East India Company
Title screen
Screenshot from Abyss
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