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In this adaptation of James Clavell's book, the goal is to make a fortune in China. Before they can begin trading, the player will first have to get a loan to buy their ship, and then gather a crew either by paying them or simply kidnapping them.

The game has three main stages and a number of different gameplay elements, largely allowing the player to choose their own path. The first part of the game involves walking the streets trying to get the right elements and people, then moves onto the seas where the player has to sail to other trading cities. It is also possible to board other ships upon approaching them and battle those who are onboard.


Tai-Pan MSX Entering a shop
Tai-Pan MSX The China mainland
Tai-Pan MSX Loan some money at the bank
Tai-Pan Atari ST I got thrown in jail

Promo Images

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! Commodore 64 MurlocQ (20)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 77 out of 100 77
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1987 755 out of 1000 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1987 697 out of 1000 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 64 out of 100 64
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Oct, 1987 61 out of 100 61
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 5 out of 10 50
Happy Computer Atari ST Oct, 1987 35 out of 100 35


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