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Remember Pirates? Well, High Seas Trader is a bit like the Microprose classic but more oriented to trade and less to action. It will take You a lot of time to beat some of the game's parts (like combat and navigation) but as soon as You figure it out You will enjoy in this, rather complex game. An interesting mix of trade and combat.
If you are a fan of Pirates High Seas Trader is almost for sure a game you will enjoy unless you only enjoyed the battles, plundering and fighting in Pirates. This is because High Seas Trader is mostly focused on the actual trading business on the high seas.
There are several similarities between the two games though. You can hire additional crew in the tavern such as sailors and soldiers, visit the bank, buy and sell ships, repair ships, go to your cabin to get the latest status of your economy and crew and of course buy and sell goods which is the main point in the game. This part of the game is fairly detailed and there are many different goods that can be traded and the economic system is fairly good and realistic. The actual game start also reminds of Pirates as you have to select name and origin. There are no special skills to select from which is the result of that trading is the main part of the game and your actual career isn't as important in High Seas Trader than in Pirates.
The graphics are well done with a lot of details when you are spending time in the cities. When you sail around there is a good overview of navigation, canons etc. and when you are getting closer to land the landscape is getting larger as well. High Seas Trader is another quality game from Impressions and like their other game Caesar Impressions have managed to create a great game based on another game but make it different enough to offer new challenges and additional gameplay without making it look like a copy of the original game.
A solid "high seas" strategy game that falls far short of Sid Meier's classic Pirates! in terms of overall content and scope, but is actually better if one considers it strictly as a *trading* game and not a sprawling, swashbuckling adventure that Pirates! is. Trading in High Seas Trader is based on a reasonable economic model, and the 3D perspective when sailing is enjoyable.
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