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 (558 reviews) - 49% of the 558 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2008

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Space Trader: Merchant Marine

LUNAR NEW YEAR SALE! Offer ends in

-80%
$4.99
$0.99
 

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
9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
The trading and shooting is great. The problem is the terrible missions. 99% of the time is spent running around without knowing what to do and then failing the level even though you've talked to everybody and aced all their requests.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
There are shooters, there are mercantile games, and then there's this, which tries to be both but is ultimately neither. If you were about to die of boredom, I'm not sure if this game would save your life.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
If this was remade on a newer engine, the concept of the game is kind of genious, and i would be very VERY interested in giving it a shot.

But this game has simply aged like the olsen twins (commence your google image searching for 2 very tired looking twins in their 20's). The FPS segments are hilarious. The other reviews rave about them for some reason, but they remind me of halo 2 maybe?

Unfortunately, this game just visually is a dinosaur. At the time of this writing it's about to hit 7 years old, and it feels 10.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This is a cool little game You have to make a set amount trading over a few days Trading arround the Solar system. While doing so you can accept bounty hunting missions and enter the FPS mode.
featturing Kitch homor
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
420 of 469 people (90%) found this review helpful
32 people 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny