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The Patrician is set in medieval times, focusing on the trading efforts of the Hanseatic League. You (and up to 3 other players) struggle for money and respectability. You should build up sea routes between the 16 cities in the North and Baltic Sea, and your ultimate goal is to be governor of your hometown. For this you need a lot of money and high respectability. The game ends, when you are elected to Ältermann—the highest rank in this century.

You earn money by buying goods cheap and selling them for higher price. With the profits you can buy new ships (out of 4 different types) or stores.

There are also pirate battles. For these, you can buy weapons for your ships and go with ships from other traders to hunt the pirates.


The Patrician Atari ST The world map
The Patrician Atari ST Buying cargo
The Patrician Atari ST Where do I want to live?
The Patrician Atari ST Selecting a coat of arms for my family

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Alternate Titles

  • "Der Patrizier" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Jun, 1992 83 out of 100 83
ST Action Sep, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Jan, 1993 76 out of 100 76
ST Format Sep, 1993 76 out of 100 76


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The Amiga version of the game can be legally downloaded for free from Polish Amiga News Portal.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Simulation of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– Best Economical Simulation in 1992

Indra was here (20902) added The Patrician (Atari ST) on May 04, 2004
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