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ZOOM Patrician II
Quest for Power
$9.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (Retail Box) (PATRIC2PR)

Publisher: Strategy First

Violence

Ratings:

83 from GameSpy

Real Time Trading Simulation

Patrician II is a real time trading simulation featuring elements of construction and the historical background of maritime trade in Northern Europe during the 1300's. As a citizen of a medieval town, your goal is to rise from the status of a simple, insignificant trader to that of a Patrician and perhaps even become head of the Hanseatic League. You can raise your standing through city improvement and diplomacy or fill your coffers through piracy and smuggling.

Features and Activities:

Classic trading simulation in a completely new real-time environment

A genre mix including trade, economics, sea battles and diplomacy

A number of game modes and objectives, ranging from small single missions to `life-long' campaigns. Additionally, game objectives and difficulty levels can be adjusted in various ways

Detailed and historically accurate graphics (buildings, ships, city walls, citizens etc.) based on medieval Europe with beautiful effects, such as blankets of fog over cities

A realistic simulation of complex world comprised of production, transport, trade and consumption

Up to 8 players in multiplayer via LAN or using a single computer in turn-based mode

Requirements:

Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me. XP: Pentium II 233 MHz (Pentium II 450 MHz or higher recommended), 32 MB RAM (64 MB RAM recommended), 4 MB Video card (16 MB Direct 3D Video card recommended), 380 MB free hard disk space (540 MB free hard disk space recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive, DirectX compatible soundcard, DirectX 7.0

Reviews:

GameSpy by Peter "Dirg" Suciu

"Patrician II is such a game that really manages to bridge the gap, and although it does start slow and can be a bit confusing at first, it can also become a highly addictive trading simulation that could keep you up in the wee hours of the night. At its heart this title is a simple buy low at one port, transport to another port and sell high. Like many simulations you can go out and get some loans, grow all too fast and then end up so deep in debt that it is impossible to do anything but start over. This therefore means that you'll have to really play it safe and very "slowly" begin as a simple trader and increase in size slowly."

"Therefore, Patrician II becomes a game where you need to save often! Not only because of your bad business decisions, but also in case terrible things might befall you. In all fairness, the game throws in a mix of good blessings with bad -- you have to worry about piracy, maintain your ships, and even worry about sieges on far off ports, but you'll also get ample opportunities to hire your ships to pirates, offers to transport rich merchants, commissions for guarding various ports, and even times when you can become mayor of your home city. But nothing will prepare you for those times when a rival has intentionally flooded a market and your chances to climb out of debt have been suddenly ruined!"

IGNPC by Michael Perlo

"Patrician II puts you in the role of a lowly Hanseatic merchant trying to claw his way up the big time position of Patrician. Along the way you must keep your people happy, trade goods like a rabid Wall Street investment banker, and, best of all, avoid swashbuckling (I love that word) pirates who would just love to steal your loot. So as you can imagine, Patrician's objectives are simple: make money, acquire fame and stay alive. However, the game's intense micromanagement and seemingly endless gameplay facets are what make it both a strategy nut's dream and a casual gamer's nightmare."

 


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