Machiavelli the Prince

Moby ID: 3902
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This game is a remake of the popular trading simulation Merchant Prince.

You take control over one of the most influential families in the 14th century. From their hometown Venice, Italy, they controlled most of the sea and land trade of this era.

The games main ideas a very well done and are based on Niccol├│ Machiavelli┬┤s famous book "The Prince" which analyzed the political and religious situation in the the 14th century.

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Average score: 74% (based on 9 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 10 ratings with 1 reviews)

Great game, until you get a good lead...

The Good
This game had a lot of new elements in it that I hadn't seen before. You could impact your opponents in many different ways, including slandering them, assassinating their representatives, burning down their buildings, or even by attacking their units. The greatest thing about this game is that there are so many ways to go about getting a lead, and you can do it nicely by building up trade routes, or unscrupulously, but the most effective paths seem to be to combine tactics. This game allows for different lengths of games, some diplomacy, and different levels of difficulty. There are also multiplayer features: modem, hotseat, or network (I believe).

The Bad
Well, once you get ahead of the computer players, you can use your wealth to stomp on the computer players and keep them down for a few turns, getting farther and farther ahead. I rarely finish games because there is no way that the computer can catch up when you beat them down for a few turns.

The Bottom Line
A great trading simulator for an uncommon period (for games). I think that this game would hold a lot better interest for me if I were to play it against human opponents, as the challenge factor would hold up throughout the game.

DOS · by Shiek of Geek (14) · 2001



Some releases of the game included the Penguin Classics version of the book The Prince by Machiavelli.


If you look on the CD, you can actually find the "splash screen" of the original Merchant Prince.


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  • Machiavelli: The Prince
    The complete book on which this game was based in HTML format. Translated by WK Marriott.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Alexander Schaefer.

Linux, Macintosh added by Plok. Windows added by MAT.

Additional contributors: Kasey Chang, Jeanne, Patrick Bregger.

Game added April 23, 2001. Last modified January 28, 2024.