Merchant Prince

Moby ID: 4354
Note: We may earn an affiliate commission on purchases made via eBay or Amazon links (prices updated 5/22 7:24 AM )


Merchant Prince is an historical trading simulation set in the Renaissance and the golden age of Venice. Here, you play the role of one of the wealthy merchants in the period, wielding not only economic power but also political, religious and military.

The main work in MP is managing your trade routes, warehouses and commodities. You count on ships and land caravans to transport a wide variety of commodities, trying to buy low and sell where the price is high. The map (either historical or random) looks very much like Civ (top-down, tiles and cities). Apart from making money, you can expand your influence in the Senate (bribing senators and pointing them Ministers), or the Church (bribing cardinals, struggling for be the Pope) with all the possibilities it opens (conduct treason accusations against your opponents or calling a Holy Crusade, for example). You can also hire mercenaries (known as “condotieri”) to attack your enemies or force cities to open for commerce, or become a sponsor of the arts. Also there are more “subtile” arts to be used, as assassinations… but beware of being caught.

Your goal is to be the richest and most influential player at the end of the game (which can be set to end at diverse number of turns, each of one representing a year; the game must end anyway maximum at 1492), being a key indicator your Popularity rating.

Groups +



Credits (DOS version)

50 People · View all

Design and Development
  • Several Dudes Holistic Gaming
Instrument sounds for Yamaha Gold Sound Standard (GSS) compatible cards are based on the tone libraries produced by
Instrument sounds for Yamaha Gold Sound Standard (GSS) compatible cards developed by
Cover Art
Game Design Consultant
Playtesters Atlanta
[ full credits ]



Average score: 78% (based on 6 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 8 ratings with 0 reviews)

Be the first to review this game!


MobyPro Early Access

Upgrade to MobyPro to view research rankings!

Related Games

Merchant Prince II
Released 2001 on Windows
Released 2014 on iPhone, Android
Released 2014 on Android, Windows
Merchant Kingdom
Released 2010 on iPhone
Star Merchant
Released 2017 on Windows
Merchant Colony
Released 1991 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST
Merchant Adventurer
Released 2022 on Browser
Miracle Merchant
Released 2017 on iPhone, iPad, Android
Space Merchant
Released 1982 on TRS-80 CoCo

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 4354
  • [ Please login / register to view all identifiers ]


Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history! If your contribution is approved, you will earn points and be credited as a contributor.

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Steve Widdowson.

Additional contributors: Technocrat.

Game added June 20, 2001. Last modified October 19, 2023.