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The best game of it's kind, but only after the Pirates! Commodore 64 MurlocQ (20)

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Combined User Score 5 3.1

Critic Reviews

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ZX SpectrumCrash! (Aug, 1987)
This is one of the best trader games around, and very good by any standards. The graphics are colourful, and the sound on the 128 version is very impressive. With such a variety of things to do (trading, killing pirates etc) and a huge playing area it can keep the player enthralled for hours. Tai-Pan is one of the most enjoyable games to come out this year — buy it and you won’t regret it!
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
While the ST version is a lot prettier, it is nowhere near as fast and playable as this version. No knowledge of the Clavell novel is required to reach the ultimate goal of Tai-Pan, a task which is admirably aided by the simplistic yes/no and icon-driven options. The variety of ways in which you can play adds to the game's depth, and interaction with other characters maintains interest. If you fancy a quick plunder without too much discomfort then Tai-pan could be what you have been waiting for.
You can't expect ST graphics on the Spectrum but you can expect good game play - and that's just what you get with this version of Tai-Pan. The graphical thrills and time wasters have been taken out leaving space for a very enjoyable trading/strategy game.
Overall, Tai-Pan is something of a missed opportunity, with reasonable atmosphere but some rather weak gameplay. Mouse control is very unwieldy, and manoeuvering your ship can be extremely difficult. Shorebound menus can be rather clumsy, and do not always have 'cancel' options if you select them by mistake.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Nov, 1987)
A fairly good trading game which does not live up to its potential.
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK) (Oct, 1987)
Tai-Pan is a fairly involved game, and there is a lot to see and do - but what lets this version down is playability, something which the Spectrum version has aplenty.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Nov, 1987)
What is the point of spending days crossing a boring ocean if what is on the other side is exactly the same as what you left behind? For my money there is still only one swashbuckling sim and that is Microprose's Pirates. All the others, including Tai Pan, are leagues behind.
Atari STHappy Computer (Oct, 1987)
Bei Tai.-Pan haben die Programmierer einige schlimme Böcke geschossen. Die Benutzerführung ist scheußlich (insbesondere bei Maus-Steuerung), der Spielfluß langsam und zäh, viel zu viel hängt vom Zufall ab, auf Dauer mangelt es an Abwechslung, und die Musik dudelt langweilig vor sich hin. Die Grafik ist über weite Strecken dürftig, aber einige einzelne Bilder sind wiederum Spitzen-Klasse.