Patrician IV is the latest sequel in the top-selling historical trading simulation and strategy series. In the game, you are a merchant in northern Europe during the late Middle Ages, a time when the Hanseatic League, a powerful economic and political alliance, was flourishing. Your goal is to rise to become the most successful and influential member of the League, ultimately being elected Elderman, or leader, of the trading alliance. Begin by bargaining with common goods, then build up your own production and establish a merchant fleet. Later on, you will gain more and more political influence and even establish new towns.
However, a Hanse merchant's life can also have its dark side. On your way to power you have to hold your ground against fierce rivals, whom you have to battle via economic competition, price wars or even direct sabotage. Will you even engage in piracy?
- An extensive commerce system that recreates the economy of the era
- Historically accurate trade routes between 32 towns
- All towns are displayed in impressive and detailed 3D graphics
- Intelligent rivals challenge the player's economic, diplomatic and military skills
- Dynamic weather and seasons influence gameplay
- Become a town's mayor and control massive construction projects
- Compose your own merchant fleet from historical ship models and research new types
- Protect your fleet with armed convoy ships and take part in impressive naval battles against pirates and rivals
Small improvementspeldik | May 23, 2011 | See all peldik's reviews »
Compared to previous Patrician games, this has better graphics and it visually shows which goods are worth buying and selling. This makes trading so much easier and quicker - no need to remember or write down numbers. There are some other additions, but overall it's very similar to previous versions.
Nicerobertification | April 24, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »
I've always adored the whole patrician series, so I bought this one on day one of course. Besides the fact it isn't really that different from its predecessors, it's still a solid and balanced game, with beautiful graphics and some very funny humor. Therefore I can recommend this game to anyone that like real time strategy games, and anyone who doesn't particularly anticipate in this kind of game..