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 (426 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2008
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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
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
It cost me .24 cents and I'd rather have my money back.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Waste of time and disk space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
LOL I needed this game. Suprisingly good, not what I expected from the name
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
clunky with a bad UI definately an older game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Pure sh!t.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Best game I've played in years. The next-gen Graphics are so realistic and it has such a great storyline. But the multiplayer has to be the best thing abot this game. The amount of people playing online is enormous and especially the LAN mode works just so good. Gameplay is just amazing. The variation between shooting up enemies and trading your stuff gives a perfect spin to the game.

totally worth the entire €0,50

10/10
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
THIS GAME DOES NOT WORK!
Pressing start game takes you to some "Space Trader Console" which does not allow you to see your mouse (the mouse moves behind the window) meaning that you cannot see what buttons you are pressing. You also only have the ability to copy, delete or quit the console, quitting quits, copying does nothing, and neither does delete. You also can't even type into the console, so it's not even a very good typing simulator.

If you like to pretend to be a professional haxor by looking at a console, then this is the game for you.
I was bought this by my ex-friend who wanted to troll me. I have consequently lost 12 minutes of my life, and a friend who I once liked.

10/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
this game is a ♥♥♥♥ing time killer, i swear if you ever want to play a cheap game, seriously just buy this during a sale, i can tell you this game is not worth the full price of 5 dollars. trust me this game is only worth 50 cents. the only thing this game is good for is teaching you about the stock market in different places and learn how trading works. the graphics are ♥♥♥♥ty, the music sucks balls, and the gameplay is just run around, buy stuff, sell stuff, shoot stuff when your out of money, repeat. seriously. thats all you do. if anything this game is just to kill time or to send to your friends as a joke.

Total Score: 4/10
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
It looks like it was made for the PS2.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
excuse me
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
It's clunky, unforgiving, and takes away all your money once you make "the deal." It makes no allowances for overshooting a financial goal. Removes any desire to play more unless you simply like looking for the best way to make deals.
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
It's cute, it's short, it's got some enjoyable old school combat, and the trade aspects are fun and simple (although it's too easy to make a ton of money). If you've got a couple of hours to kill then you can blaze through it pretty fast. (My hours on record are bugged, I'd say I spent about 10 hours unlocking everything.) This isn't a stellar title, but if you liked the games that came out in the Doom era then you'll enjoy this, and it's often bundled or on sale. It's easily worth a buck.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Rather entertaining. Was not expecting that gun fights when I picked it up but I have to say they only make the game a better deal.
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Trash. So mediocre. Visuals are garbage, story is garbage, voices are garbage. Screams of garbage and plays of garbage. Wouldn't even feed it to a starving african boy.
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59 of 70 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Honestly, the game completely lacks any and all substance. It's bland, forgettable, boring and tedious.

In the game, you play as an unnamed adventurer/trader, that sets forth to do one thing, become the Master Trader of the known universe/galaxy. One of the first missions is to find some chick that will give you a million credits on loan in order for you to buy a ship and start trading. You have a deadline when to get the million credits needed, and this formula repeats itself several times throughout the game, so much so that even the multiplayer is basically only that. Oh, and no one plays the multiplayer. In order to GET the million credits, you have to buy some commodities on Earth, and go to the Moon (which is just clicking a button) and selling your merchandise. Or you can do contracts. More on that later.

The trading system is very simple. You get to one of the merchants, you see the commodities they have for sale, and you buy it. There is a bar graph showcasing whether the marketprice for the item is declining or not, however the graph is pretty much nonsense, as the prices will not rise or fall following any kind of trend whatsoever, instead it is completely random. The trading is a pretty pathetic source of income, as even if you get lucky, you won't really earn a huge profit on anything.

Oh, you can also find random commodities strewn throughout the worlds you're at, so there's no real reason to actually BUY commodities, as you'll easily find everything from wool to featuses just lying about. Not even joking about those fetuses.

The second option for earning money is through doing contracts or helping people out via arduous tasks. To get a contract, you have to go to the bar, where the barman will give you a target which you have to kill. This is where the game gets a bit better, as it introduces SOMETHING into the game, however the FPS part is amazingly barebones and unrefined, and it feels much like a chore than anything else. The missions where you help people out isn't much better, as the case often is that you're simply collecting or buying X commodity and bringing it to some random dude or chick. Again, incredibly tedious.

The music is obnoxious and not memorable in any way (read: elevator music), it features abysmal graphics, the little mechanics the game has are horribly unrefined, the economic system is non functioning, trading is next to useless unless you get some very rare, expensive commodities from missions, and the entire game feels like a chore.

Overall, I'd give it a 3/10, would not recommend unless you have literally nothing else to do in your life.
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60 of 90 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I bought this game for 50 cents when it was on sale. I should have spent that 50 cents on a bag of chips. Or a soda. Or maybe a bottle of that pure water stuff.
It's playable until you realize your entire goal is to buy ♥♥♥♥ and then sell it for more money. Good thing it was only 50 cents.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This Game isnt even worth 50 cents
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This is a waste of time...
The only positive element is the trading (buy low and sell high in another market), but the layout and the other elements ruin this part totally. Would not recomend this to anyone.
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