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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 Starting out
Tai-Pan ZX Spectrum Game start
Tai-Pan MSX The China mainland
Tai-Pan Commodore 64 In the armoury

Promo Images

Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Magazine Advertisement
Tai-Pan Concept Art
Tai-Pan Magazine Advertisement

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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