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The Franco family used to be one of the influential houses of Portugal. That is until the head of the family sailed out of a disastrous voyage to find the kingdom of Prester John. The disarray that followed brought about an end to the nobility of the Franco name. 100 years have passed and Portugal has prospered through it's sailing and trading empires. Young Leon Fanco wishes to restore his family's good name and make a name for himself as a sailor. At the heart of his ambition is the fair lady, Christiana, who is desired by the likely heir to the kingdom. Towards that end, Leon has been working hard to secure finances for his first ship. With the first step of his dream complete, Franco sails out with his father's good friend as first mate, you're off to find fame, adventure and fortunes out on the sea and in uncharted waters.

Uncharted Waters is a sailing and trading simulation. Your goal is initially to sail between ports and trade goods between them to make a profit. Along the way, you may be called upon by merchants and royalty to do specific tasks. Several different nations as well as pirates roam the sea and not all have good relations with one another. You can take as long as you want and explore as much of the world as possible to complete your ultimate task of marrying Christiana, which will require your fame rating to be quite high anyway. Available at most ports is a trader for cargo, a supply station for your crew's food and water as well as repairs, a shipbuilder, an item store and finally a pub for gaining information, crew and gambling.

All of the game progresses on an overhead-view, by sea you navigate your fleet by direction and can issue additional orders including landing on any piece of land to search for supplies. A variety of hazards live at sea including storms, other ships, seaweed and simply bad winds and currents.


Uncharted Waters NES The story of a family in the 16th century
Uncharted Waters Sharp X68000 Main hero's father is lost at sea
Uncharted Waters SNES Great, now I can travel all the way back
Uncharted Waters MSX Title screen

Promo Images

Uncharted Waters Magazine Advertisement Page 140
Uncharted Waters Screenshot
Uncharted Waters Screenshot
Uncharted Waters Magazine Advertisement Page 31

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパー 大航海時代" -- Japanese Super Famicom spelling
  • "大航海時代" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Super Daikōkai Jidai" -- Super Famicom title
  • "Daikōkai Jidai" -- Japanese title

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Power Play DOS Mar, 1992 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) Genesis Dec, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Play Time Genesis Feb, 1993 70 out of 100 70 Genesis Jun 10, 2014 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1992 69 out of 100 69
Video Games Genesis Feb, 1993 59 out of 100 59
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Jun, 1993 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1993 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1992 Unscored Unscored


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  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Strategy Game in 1992

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