In the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born!
User reviews: Mixed (522 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2008
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Recommended By Curators

"Very unique game that mixes immersive trading and fast paced shooting sections. The game was also created by prominent Showtimer SuperYuriGagarin."

Reviews

GameFocus — 89%

"One of the best indie games of 2008. An innovative and addictive experience. Addictive, very fun and innovative are the best words to describe the game and the bottom line is this is a welcome addition to any gamer's library so buy this game and enjoy it." Read the full review

GenerationGamerz — 84%

"If you loved the old BBS trading games and love FPS games then you will probably love this game as well. It's all great fun, well-balanced and has a good deal of replayability." Read the full review

About This Game

In the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born!

As a Trader, you will attempt to amass a fortune beyond your wildest imagination, buying and selling commodities and taking up arms against the oppressors or even accepting bounty missions, hunting down crime bosses and their thugs.

  • Trader Campaign: Start as a rookie trader and earn your way to Master Trader using shrewd trades, back alley deals, bribes, a well placed bullet and more through a challenging 5-level single-player campaign.
  • Three Ways to Challenge: Master your trading skills in three unique challenge missions; Moon Madness, Free Trade and Red Eye Trader.
  • From Iron Ore to Organs: Turn misfortune to profit. Buy low, sell high. Over 40 different commodities to supply the demand.
  • Have Ship, Will Travel: Visit seven planetary locations, their moons and stops along the way and interact with over 100 characters.
  • Conflict Builds Character: Using an assortment of unique weapons, bring dozens of crime bosses to justice and turn a tidy profit.
  • Competitive Cooperative: Challenge your friends and family, not just your peers. Working together has never been so competitive!
  • Steam Achievements: Unlock all 40 Steam Achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible 128 MB Video Card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB of Available Hard Disk Space

    Recommended:

    • Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible 256 MB Video Card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB of Available Hard Disk Space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
A poor resource trading game with awful FPS missions.

Pros:
+ You pick and choose which way to do some missions
+ some of the characters are quite interesting.

Negatives:
- everything else
- the FPS sections are absolutely awful, non-skippable and punishingly hard.
- 90% of sidequests are fetch quests,

I continued playing after the first level as it felt as if it was building into something quite enjoyable, but it didn't...
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I LOVE this game. FPS play is fun, functional, and rewarding; the Drug Wars-style is my favorite kind of fast-paced, strategic trading; and to top it off, it all takes place in space with a kickass atmospheric soundtrack.

Such a shame these guys (Hermitworks) went under -- every few months I do a search for more games like this one...always to no avail.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
As I live and breathe, This is by far the best FPT-game I've ever played. The graphics aren't great but if you can see past that you'll realize that this is actually a game better than most. The creators have put a lot of effort in the dialogs and storyline and thanks to the creative trading-and-exploring-system in this game, the player realy get a feeling of making an impact on the bigger happenings of the solar system.
Completed with many easter eggs, novel references and other secrets (like shipdriver Jamal) that can only be discovered by true fans of the ST:MM-saga this truely is a worthy game of the great storyline.
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399 of 444 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Did you ever play 'Drug Warz', the game that introduced a generation to the 'buy low, sell high' method of wealth attainment which probably led to the tragic american housing crash of 2008? Did you ever wish that you could have that very game wrapped up in a semi pointless 3D world you could navigate by clicking on someone's name to instantly teleport to them instead of walking all that distance? Did you ever wish that you could do all that and get to utilize those elite twitch shooter skills you gained through endless hours of Quake III Arena while all of your friends left you behind to obtain quality educations, well-paying jobs and loving spouses?

I know I did!

So when I came across Space Trader: Merchant Marine I knew I'd found the game for me. Marvel at the 2004 era graphics in a game that came out in 2008! (Same year as that housing market crash, I smell the NWO behind this) Throw your hands to the sky when you first break the 7-figure ceiling just by virtue of buying things when they're crashing hard because it's bound to bounce back in the next 48 hours!

Weep when you realize your job is terrible, you're lucky if you have thee figures in the bank and rent is coming due, the Illuminati forced the bank to foreclose on your house four years ago, (BECAUSE YOU KNOW TOO MUCH, DAMN IT!) and you aren't actually flitting between the stars flogging over priced Bananabis at every starport between Earth and Cygnus, you're sitting at your computer waiting to die.

9.5/10 it's okay from a gameplay persepctive.

1/10 for being a front for the Bilderberg group and secretly manipulating the masses, you foolish sheep.
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65 of 71 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Space Trader is a very casual trader game. You mostly trade stuff and try to make as much profit as possible in a predifined timelimit. Trading side is like playing the old drug wars but it has some extra quests dialogs and events added.

On top of that there are bounties you can collect which take you to combat mode. If you catch the target, it's just more money. Additionally you will occationally get boarded by officials who try to make you pay taxes. If you are greedy, you will try and fight em, which will make the game even more interesting. Hard Stakes =) While the basic game is easy, the challenges can feel ridicilously hard giving something extra to the game.

If you are looking for something special you will definitely be disappointed, but I found it to be a fun and easy going game.
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