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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, SAM Coupé, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.39
Elite Plus1991DOS, PC-98Microplay Software3.63
Escape Velocity1996MacintoshAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.72
Escape Velocity Nova2002Macintosh, WindowsAmbrosia Software, Inc.3.85
Europa 1400: The Guild2002WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG3.27
Europe 14002009BrowserGameforge Productions GmbH...
EVE Online2003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.83
Flatspace2003iPhone, WindowsCornutopia Software3.08
FOFT: Federation of Free Traders1989Amiga, Atari STSpotlight Software2.95
FreeCol2003Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Freelancer2003WindowsMicrosoft Game Studios3.83
French Fur Trader1973Commodore PET/CBM, Mainframe, Sol-20Creative Computing Software...
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Frontier: First Encounters1995DOSGameTek, Inc.3.57
Fugger1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Bomico Entertainment Software GmbH...
Galactic Trader1979Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80Adventure International...
Gloriana1996DOSASCARON Entertainment GmbH3.54
The Great Art Race2004WindowsAkella...
The Guild 22006WindowsDeep Silver3.86
The Guild 2: Venice2008WindowsBuka Entertainment...
The Guild: Universe2007WindowsJoWooD Productions Software AG...
Hammurabi1988ZX Spectrum...
Handel Zagraniczny1987ZX SpectrumKrajowa Agencja Wydawnicza...
Hanse1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis1999WindowsARI Data CD GmbH...
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Selected Covers

Elite Plus DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Elite Plus
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II
Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Escape Velocity Nova
Handel Zagraniczny ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Handel Zagraniczny

Selected Screenshots

EGA/VGA 16 colors: Title screen
Screenshot from Elite Plus
Imp Trader coming home...
Screenshot from Frontier: Elite II
The closest thing to a box shot that's possible (note the resolution - a mistake in my review).
Screenshot from Escape Velocity Nova
Title screen
Screenshot from Hammurabi
Loading screen
Screenshot from Handel Zagraniczny
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