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You wish to make your fortune in China, in this adaptation of James Clavell's book. First job is to get enough of a loan to buy a ship; once you have this, and get a crew either by paying them or simply kidnapping them, you can begin trading.

The game has three main stages, and a number of different gameplay elements, largely allowing you choose your own path. Initially you walk the streets trying to get the right elements and people, then you head out onto the waters to head to other trading cities. Upon approaching other ships you can board them and do battle with their inhabitants.


Tai-Pan Commodore 64 In the armoury
Tai-Pan Commodore 64 Outside a restaurant
Tai-Pan Commodore 64 Starting out
Tai-Pan Commodore 64 Title screen

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Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Tai Pan" -- Alternate spelling (media)

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User Reviews

The best game of it's kind, but only after the Pirates! MurlocQ (20) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Nov, 1987 64 out of 100 64
Commodore User Nov, 1987 5 out of 10 50


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Martin Smith (66801) added Tai-Pan (Commodore 64) on Nov 16, 2005
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