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Patrician IV





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Patrician IV





Patrician IV is the latest sequel in the top-selling historical trading simulation and strategy series.

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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?

Key Features:

  • 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

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Kalypso Media
Gaming Minds
Strategy, Adventure
Friday, September 17, 2010
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 5 GB
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible PCIe (Geforce 6 Series/Radeon X1000 Series)
  • Sound: DirectX compatible
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
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Another great part of well know trading game.


Patrician IV is a trading game with elements of city building. For fans of this kind of gameplay it's a real treat. History takes place during the bloom of trade in Europe. We begin as a young inexperienced merchant and in the game, we have the chance to become a very wealthy citizen owning countless numbers of ships and goods. The trading mechanism was taken over and expanded from the previous part of the game. You can buy and sell goods in ports or even build a production plant. There is also the possibility of trade automation, however, it requires a lot of experience as this may be tricky process. Anyway, game is fun but requires a lot of calculations and strategic thinking.

A good middle ages trader simulator


Well, the title pretty much wraps up this short review of sort. But to get in depth. You are put in a roll as a trader in a middle ages area and you must start from scratch, expand, gain influence and beat the competition of other traders that are pretty much doing the same. Its strong point is the gameplay mechanics. You trade by ships but also gain influence in the towns that you trade in, with missions, trading resources that are needed or even helping the town grow by building housing for the people or other beneficial buildings. The graphics and sound assets are not that special but really, if you play these kinds of games the micro management and the mechanics are all that you need.

Hanseatic trade


Patrician IV is a lot of fun. While it is probably targeted at a smaller audience than some blockbuster video games, people who like this sort of game will probably love Patrician IV. Its economic algorithms realistically simulate the effects of supply and demand and reward you for shrewd planning and opportunistic business decisions. Although the visuals are not the sort of thing that would likely end up on the cover of a gaming magazine, they are warm, satisfying, and very pleasant to look at. They also render very well on all sorts of hardware. Where Patrician IV suffers most is its niche appeal; it is harder to market a game like this than a first-person shooter. Even so, Patrician IV has a lot going for it, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

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