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Advertising Blurbs (Official website):
    The thunder of the sea and the smell of exotic spices accompany your journey as you discover new islands with thriving ports full of exotic goods. Sail through unknown waters where no ship has gone before, compete with other exploring traders, fight mythical sea-monsters and gather ancient artefacts that lead to the legendary treasure.

    Ancient trader is a quick, pick-up-and-play arcade strategy game for the whole family in the style of digital distribution titles like Carcassonne and Catan.

    You sail your ship through uncharted seas to discover new islands and ports offering goods for trade as well as various equipment and quests. Sailing from island to island, you gather riches and upgrade your ship from a fragile skiff into a formidable galleon, capable of taking on mythical sea monsters lurking in the surrounding oceans. Once strong enough, you can aspire to obtain three ancient artifacts that lead to the legendary treasure and challenge its mythical guardian.

    • Simple and easily accessible strategy game for open target groups on XBLA and PC.
    • Well balanced gameplay with exploration, trade, and combat always provides interesting options and a variety of choices to pursue.
    • Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players to play local and online games on X360 and PC.
    • Including a set of game maps and an intelligent map generator which provides an endless variety of scenarios.
    • Unique art style in beautifully detailed hand drawn lines, capturing the spirit of old maps and medieval sea monsters.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (265752) on May 26, 2011.

4kids games press release (August 03, 2010):

    Beautiful looking Indie-Game released on PC and Xbox 360!

    Frankfurt, Germany, August 03rd 2010 – The independent developer formation “4kids games” has released their initial title on PC and Xbox LIVE Indie Games. Ancient Trader is a simple, easy entry strategy game suitable for all ages, which originally came to life as a board-game design.

    The game takes you and up to 4 players on a journey of discovery in uncharted oceans, with wealthy ports awaiting discovery and mythical sea monsters roaming the waters, hunting for prey. Your goal in the game is to discover new opportunities for trade, upgrade your ship and weapons and challenge the monsters and competing traders in simple battles with stylized card-minigames.

    You can play on 9 pre-defined maps on three different difficulties or create random new maps with different parameters and set-up conditions for your single- or multiplayer games. Besides its easy-to-learn, pick-up and play strategic tabletop appeal, the main attraction of Ancient Trader is the beautiful and distinctive visual presentation of the game. The whole artwork of the game is hand-crafted, stylized to resemble the copper-stitch style of old maps and pictures from the late middle-ages. The players are immersed into the atmosphere of great expeditions into the unknown seas and back to times when the empty spots on the maps were believed to be inhabited by mystical monsters and ancient guardians.

    Peter Levius, the author of the original concept comments: “My vision was to create a minimalistic strategy game that would have a complex winning strategy and beautiful old map visuals. I am happy to see that many people like the result.”

    Petr Vcelka, responsible Artist:
    “When I finish a project, I usually don’t want to see it anymore. But Ancient Trader is an exception. When I play it, I forget that I actually worked on it.”

    Ancient Trader is available on Xbox LIVE Indie Games and also on PC via digital distribution sites like Gamersgate, Youdagames or Gamesload.

    The game was already well received by the press and will also next be featured in actual Indie Game competitions.

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    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (265752) on May 26, 2011.