High Seas Trader
In High Seas Trader you play as a hopeful apprentice in the home port of your choosing, a humble ship and small grubstake your only assets. With them, youâ€™ll have to pay a crew and buy trade goods, then scan your records for the most profitable place to sell your cargo. If you do well — which, in High Seas Trader, means accumulating lots of money and gaining prestige as a merchant — youâ€™ll earn fancy new titles and get to purchase your own princely estate.
Thereâ€™s more to HST than just buying and selling, though. Youâ€™ll often find yourself attacked by pirates or representatives of rival nations, which means ship-to-ship combat and boarding melees. And then thereâ€™s the matter of “uncharted waters” — namely, the fact that your crew will mutiny if you sail into any area youâ€™re not holding a map to. So you have to look for new and updated charts each time you reach port or meet a friendly sea captain.
There are also a number of random factors, such as war, plagues, and so on, that will affect prices at the various ports and even whether or not youâ€™ll be allowed to enter them. And although the game starts out along a fairly historical track, these random factors gives the game decent replay value.
System Requirements: 386/33 MHz, 4 MB RAM, DOS
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