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Subtrade: Return to Irata is Dan Bunten's classic M.U.L.E. revamped for VGA and set underwater.

Presentation aside, the game preserves the graceful game mechanics and the multiplayer addictiveness of its model, with four players competing for economic dominance in a round-based closed market scenario. True to the setting, players grow fish and hoard pearls and take domesticated turtles by the leash to their seafloor farmlands.

In finest M.U.L.E. tradition, Subtrade is best when played with four human players, though uniform AI replacements make for a moderate challenge. Each game ends after one year, i.e. twelve rounds, with the wealthiest player winning.


Subtrade: Return to Irata DOS Monthly auction. Players move up to one another to fix prices and trade goods.
Subtrade: Return to Irata DOS Land grant. Pick the best slice of the pie.
Subtrade: Return to Irata DOS Part of the background story, from the intro.
Subtrade: Return to Irata DOS Title screen.

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Power Play Oct, 1994 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker Sep, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Play Time Oct, 1994 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1994 62 out of 100 62


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-Chris (7565) added Subtrade: Return to Irata (DOS) on Aug 25, 2003
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