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Ocean Trader is an excellent, unassuming shipping simulation from the makers of Pizza Tycoon that is virtually unknown outside Europe. As manager of a global shipping business, your responsibilities run the gamut from choosing which type of ships to buy, to striking a profit-maximizing balance between speed and fuel costs. Your banker stands ready to give you loans at exorbitant rates, and profit opportunities abound, thanks to different goods prices in various cities. The game's graphics is the static but pleasing SVGA, and the interface is excellent (the map screen in particular clearly shows the desired exports and imports for each country). Although Ocean Trader doesn't come close to the level of realism found in Capitalism Plus, it is a very enjoyable, "light" business game that does have a solid (albeit simple) economic model underneath. In a nod to the real world of shipping industry, you can also enter into forward contracts (that lock delivery prices for an agreed amount of goods), and take advantage of special freight contracts as they show up. A great game overall, and a good alternative for those looking for a shipping sim with more "meat" than the simpler Ports of Call.
A very well done business simulation. You're the owner of a beautiful ship somewhere on the world. You can buy shiploads to bring them to other countries that pay lots of money for them. That way you make money. You can also accept shiploads from other companies for which you will get paid huge amounts of money. With this money you can buy new ships and make more money. You can also put loads in your warehouse and sell them when their value rises or ship them when their value rises. Look at the main export and the main import streams of certin countries to look if they are good for your company. I really think this game is good. Sometimes it's a little frustrating that you don't earn a cent with some of the shipments you make, but it's ok. Graphics are fine, gameplay is sufficient, but I don't know how to close this game (except with ALT - F4)! Remember to make a folder GAMESAVE in the install directory!
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